Reflections from the other side of Cuba

Hurricane Sandy may have been a blessing in disguise for Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second largest city and capital of eastern Cuba. The city has been transformed in the past two years, following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The last time my family traveled to Santiago, in July 2013, we heard harrowing stories about the destruction of homes, buildings, cultural institutions and parks. However, when we arrived again in Santiago just a few days before Christmas 2015, we found a city that had been rebuilt and revitalized.


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Book event: Music, regionalism, and race in contemporary Cuba

Please join me and fellow Cuba scholar Umi Vaughan in a conversation about my new book, Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba. Based on research conducted in various Cuban cities, the book discusses several Afro-Cuban popular and folkloric musical practices – including rumba, timba, eastern Cuban folklore, and son – in relation to the issues of regionalism and racial identity.

October 4, 2015 1pm

La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA

Free admission with a suggested donation to La Peña Cultural Center.
Books will be available for purchase.
Event followed by live music: live rumba from 3-5:30!