Fernando Ortiz on Music
Selected Writing on Afro-Cuban Culture
Publication: Feb 18
Publication: Feb 18
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Selections from the influential Fernando Ortiz's publications on Afro-diasporic music and dance—now available in EnglishRead an Excerpt from the Introduction (pdf).
Fernando Ortiz (1881–1969) is recognized as one of the most influential Latin American authors of the twentieth century. Although he helped establish the field of Afro-diasporic studies, his writings are still relatively unknown to the English-speaking world. In Fernando Ortiz on Music, accomplished ethnomusicologist Robin Moore has collected and translated an essential selection of Ortiz’s publications. These essays on Afro-Cuban expressive culture, music and dance are now available for the first time in English.
Ortiz’s writings are accompanied by an extended introduction that contextualizes the author’s life, intellectual influences, and collaborators as well as his fieldwork and interviews. Fernando Ortiz on Music also charts the writer’s changing views of black heritage through the years. This comprehensive anthology, which includes examples of his early scholarship as well as publications from the 1940s and ’50s, extends the life and legacy of this important and under-known scholar of Latin American and Caribbean music.
Contributors include: David Garcia, Sarah Lahasky, Cary Peñate, Susan Thomas, and the editor
"Informed by Moore's deep knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and culture, this anthology makes the work of legendary anthropologist Fernando Ortiz available in English for the first time. Fernando Ortiz on Music is both a superb window into Afro-Cuban culture and into the history of black studies in the Americas."
—Alejandro de la Fuente, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University
"Two and a half times as many Africans were shipped to Cuba as to the United States. And the culture that Afro-Cubans produced—especially music, religion, and mythology—is one of the great contributions to world civilization created by the people of the New World. Nevertheless, far too many of us remain ignorant of this rich history because of language barriers. With this collection, Robin Moore introduces a new generation of American readers to the seminal work of the legendary Cuban anthropologist, Fernando Ortiz, himself a pioneer working in Cuba at a time when that society was ambivalent about its own African cultural origins and the legacies of its deep involvement with slavery. This book is must reading for any scholar of African American Studies and of the history of music."
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
"Editor Moore has performed a worthwhile act of homage to one of the founders of modern Afro-Cuban studies."
Table of Contents
Introduction • Fernando Ortiz: Ideology and Praxis of the Founder of Afro-Cuban Studies • Robin D. Moore
Part I Early Writings
1. The Future of Cuban Witchcraft • Translated by Robin D. Moore
2. Afro-Cuban Cabildos • Translated by Robin D. Moore
Part II Instrument Essays
3. Makuta • Translated by David F. Garcia
4. Arará Drums • Translated by David F. Garcia
5. The Chekeré, Ágbe, or Aggüé • Translated by Cary Peñate
6. The Conga • Translated by Sarah Lahasky
Part III Ethnographic Essays
7. Kongo Traditions • Translated by Robin D. Moore
8. The Religious Music of Black Cuban Yorubas • Translated by Robin D. Moore
9 .The “Tragedy” of the Ñáñigos • Translated by Susan Thomas
10. Satirical and Commercial Song • Translated by Robin D. Moore
Selected Publications by Fernando Ortiz on Afro-Cuban Music and Cultural History
About the Author(s)
In the Series
Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Music edited by Peter Manuel
Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Music, edited by Peter Manuel, aims to present interdisciplinary studies in the traditional and contemporary musics of Latin America and the Caribbean.