Transnational Approach to the Tumba Francesa, University
of Wisconsin, 9/22/07
The Missing Cuban Musicians, a 34 page report, Cuba Research & Analysis Group, 6/24/04
Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, 6/04: Ned's powerful book on the history of Cuban music to 1952.
the Habanera to "Louie Louie":
on Rykodisc site
A co-founder of Qbadisc, Ned is an artist in his own right and created the cowboy rumba style, a fusion of rumba and country & western. He is a University of New Mexico graduate and a 2003-2004 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, as well as a 2004-2005 Tulane Rockefeller Humanities Fellow in New Orleans. He has led a number of music and culture seminars for Americans in Cuba and is the producer of the 18 part Cuba Connection series on PRI's Afropop Worldwide as well as the co-creator of the current APWW "Hip Deep" series.
Ned will always be remembered among los Muñequitos fans for his stellar role in getting them well known and on tour.
Cowboy Rumba was #1 on a number of latin stations and is currently (8/9) #11 in New Mexico at Amazon.com. From Rykodisc:
Afro-Cuba at the Crossroads: Arts, Culture, History, conference/demos with numerous participants. University of Wisconsin at Madison. Free and open to the public. Sep 16 - Nov 30, 2007
"A Transnational Approach to the Tumba Francesa"
2:30-3:30 - Ned Sublette, independent scholar and author, Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo and The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (forthcoming)
Though largely ignored by historians until the 20th century, the Haitian Revolution has belatedly come to be understood as one of the major events in hemispheric history. Less frequently noted is the generative impact that its three castes of refugees had on the course of popular music in the hemisphere. In eastern Cuba, the groups known as tumbas francesas, while correctly considered as a part of Afro-Cuban folklore, can also be seen as a link in a musical chain that reached from Guadeloupe to Louisiana. Discussant - Ricardo Gonzalez
(1) I will be speaking this coming Wednesday, March 3, at the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library, at 6:30 p.m. The title of my talk will be "Cuban Music: The Other Great Tradition." General admission is $10.
(2) I have just produced an hour-long episode (with three more to come) for Afropop Worldwide's new "Hip Deep" series: "Cuba and Its Music: The Liberation of the Drum, 1937-45." The program uplinks tomorrow and will presumably air this next week in most markets. It airs at a different time on each of the public radio stations that carries it (and unfortunately is not carried on WNYC in New York), so I don't know the exact date and time for your area. The program should also be available in streaming audio, along with a web feature containing text, interviews, and photos, at
(3) The long-awaited (by me, anyway) publication of my book "Cuba and Its
Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo" (Chicago Review Press) is now scheduled for June.
Friday, March 19, 2004
Review in the Worcester Phoenix
Rykodisc catalog entry for Cowboy Rumba
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