The Rough Guide to Cuban Music, written by Philip Sweeney, is part of the pocket sized books published by Rough Guides. This specialized guide serves as complement to the larger Rough Guides to World Music.
Seeeney’s book has 350 pages. The first part of the book focuses on the origin of the peoples that now live in Cuba and the music their ancestors brought with them. It explains how both Spanish and African influences gave form to today’s Cuban music. The book gives special attention to some of the key musical forms in Cuba: son, bolero and trova. It also details how Cuban sounds influenced musicians from other countries.
Since this is a new book and not a reprint, the history of Cuban music reaches up to the end of the 20th century so it is very current. Most of the key figures in Cuban music are listed, with biographies and discographies, although many of the discographies are incomplete. There is also a short glossary of Cuban musical terms. ISBN 1-85828-761-8.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.