Roots in Reverse: Senegalese Afro-Cuban Music and Tropical Cosmopolitanism

Roots in Reverse: Senegalese Afro-Cuban Music and Tropical Cosmopolitanism

Richard M. Shain
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Author:  Richard M. Shain
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  214
Publisher:  Wesleyan University Press
Year:  2018
ISBN:  9780819577092

Roots in Reverse explores how Latin music contributed to the formation of the negritude movement in the 1930s. Taking Senegal and Cuba as its primary research areas, this work uses oral histories, participant observation, and archival research to examine the ways Afro-Cuban music has influenced Senegalese debates about cultural and political citizenship and modernity. Shain argues that the trajectory of Afro-Cuban music in twentieth century Senegal illuminates many dimensions of that nation's cultural history such as gender relations, generational competition and conflict, debates over cosmopolitanism and hybridity, the role of nostalgia in Senegalese national culture and diasporic identities. More than just a new form of musical enjoyment, Afro-Cuban music provided listeners with a tool for creating a public sphere free from European and North American cultural hegemony.

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