9781560989479

Divine Utterances

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  • ISBN13:

    9781560989479

  • ISBN10:

    1560989475

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2001-08-17
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books

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Summary

InDivine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santeriacute;a and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored Conjunto Folkloacute;rico Nacional de Cuba, and examines the complex relationships involving race, politics, and religion in Cuba. The music that Hagedorn describes is rooted in Afro-Cuban religious tradition and today pervades a secular performances that can produce a trance in audience members in the same way as a traditional religious ceremony. Hagedorn's analysis is deeply informed by her experiences in Cuba as a woman, scholar, and apprentice bataacute; drummer. She argues that constructions of race and gender, the politics of pre- and post-Revolutionary Cuba, the economics of tourism, and contemporary practices within Santeriacute;a have contributed to a blurring of boundaries betwen the sacred and the folkloric. As both modes now vie for primacy in Cuba's burgeoning tourist trade, what had once been the music of a marginalized group is now a cultural expression of national pride. The compact disc that accompanies the book includes examples of twenty songs to theorichas, or Afro-Cuban deities, performed by prominent musicians, including Laacute;zaro Ros, Francisco Aguabella, Alberto Villarreal, and Zenaida Armenteros.

Author Biography

Katherine J. Hagedorn is associate professor of music at Pomona College.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
viii
List of Recorded Tracks
ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(16)
Notes on Fieldwork: Dreaming Ogun
17(27)
El Espectaculo: Invitation to the Dance
44(29)
Embodying the Sacred in Afro-Cuban Performance: Negotiating the Rules of Engagement
73(34)
Blurring the Boundaries: Merging Sacred and Profane
107(29)
The Birth of the Conjunto Folklorico
136(37)
Sacred Crimes: Criminalizing the Sacred in Historical Perspective
173(30)
Resolver and Religious Tourism in Cuba
203(31)
Conclusion 234(7)
Glossary 241(15)
Discography 256(3)
Filmography 259(2)
References 261(26)
Index 287

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