Carlos Aldama's Life in Bat� Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum

ISBN-10: 0253223784
ISBN-13: 9780253223784
Edition: 2012
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Description: Batá identifies both the two-headed, hourglass-shaped drum of the Yoruba people and the culture and style of drumming, singing, and dancing associated with it. This book recounts the life story of Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the batá drum,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Batá identifies both the two-headed, hourglass-shaped drum of the Yoruba people and the culture and style of drumming, singing, and dancing associated with it. This book recounts the life story of Carlos Aldama, one of the masters of the batá drum, and through that story traces the history of batá culture as it traveled from Africa to Cuba and then to the United States. For the enslaved Yoruba, Batá rhythms helped sustain the religious and cultural practices of a people that had been torn from its roots. Aldama, as guardian of Afro-Cuban music and as a Santería priest, maintains the link with this tradition forged through his mentor Oba Ilu, who was himself the connection to the preserved oral heritage of the older generation. By sharing his stories, Aldama and his student Umi Vaughn bring to light the techniques and principles of batá in all its aspects and document the tensions of maintaining a tradition between generations and worlds, old and new. The book includes rare photographs and access to downloadable audio tracks.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Timeline
Introduction: The Drum Speaks
Fundamento
Learning My Trade
Bat� in the Revolution
Diaspora
Drum Lesson
Ihe Future, What Comes Next?
Conclusion The Drum Speaks Again
Glossary
Notes
References
Track List
Index

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