By Rebecca M. Bodenheimer
Derived from the nationalist writings of Jos� Mart�, the idea that of Cubanidad (Cubanness) has continually imagined a unified hybrid state the place racial distinction is nonexistent and nationality trumps all different axes identities. students have critiqued this get together of racial mix, highlighting a spot among the declare of racial concord and the realities of inequality confronted via Afro-Cubans for the reason that independence in 1898. during this booklet, Rebecca M. Bodenheimer argues that it's not basically the popularity of racial distinction that threatens to divide the kingdom, yet that renowned neighborhood sentiment extra contests the hegemonic nationwide discourse. provided that the tune is a favorite image of Cubanidad, musical practices play an incredible position in developing nearby, neighborhood, and nationwide identities.
This booklet means that nearby id exerts an important impression at the aesthetic offerings made via Cuban musicians. in the course of the exam of a number of genres, Bodenheimer explores some of the ways in which race and position are entangled in modern Cuban track. She argues that racialized notions which movement approximately diversified towns impact either the formation of neighborhood id and musical functionality. therefore, the musical practices mentioned within the book�including rumba, timba, japanese Cuban folklore, and son�are examples of the intersections among local id formation, racialized notions of position, and music-making.
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