Review Of "Rumba: Dance And Social Change In Contemporary Cuba" By Y. Daniel

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Daniels (dance and anthropology, Smith College) has written an informative account that includes a brief overview of the development of rumba and focuses on the period from 1985 to 1990. Writing from the perspective of a participant-observer, she discusses the social, political, economic, and religious conditions that influence the dance and the meaning attributed to rumba. Her engaging writing is augmented by interviews with Cuban rumberos, the texts of traditional rumba songs, and well-chosen quotes from the work of other scholars. Her extensive bibliography and detailed chapter notes will be useful to those who wish to explore the subject in greater detail. Also included is an appendix illustrating several rumba steps in labanotation. Recommended for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars in the dance field, as well as practitioners of rumba.


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