Literature on Salsa and Afro-Cuban music
Here is a guide to relevant literature if you want to know more about the salsa music's' background, it's cultural aspects, it's structure, or simply to play it yourself.
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Aparicio, Frances: Listening to Salsa : Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures. Hanover : University Press of New England, 1998. (ISBN: 0-8195-5306-9, 0-8195-6308-0 )
Aparicio, Frances: "'Asi son, salsa.music, female narrative, and gender (de)construction in Puerto-Rico". Article printed in POETICS TODAY, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1994, page 659-684.
Austerlitz, Paul & Robert Farris Thompson: Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity;
Vernon: Salsiology. Exelsior Music Books, 1992.
("A study of the sociology of music with a personal touch")
Salsa! Steps, style. Amness Publishing ltd., London 1996.
"An excellent little introduction to the salsa as music and dance with afro-cuban roots and with branches in New York, London etc. Is giving 50 pages of dance instruction with illustrations and tips about style, 'dress code' and more."
Rumba : Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba (Blacks in the
Diaspora). Indiana Univ. Pr; 1995 ISBN: 025320948X ;
("Mostly about dance, but she did fieldwork in matanzas, with the munequitos de matanzas")
Larry W. Smith (ed.), Marty Sheller: Salsa: The Rhythm of Latin
Music. White Cliffs Media Co, 1998 (1992). ISBN: 0941677354
("...provides the reader with an excellent introduction and overview regarding the history of the music we call Salsa from it's esoteric roots to present day applications...", "The new edition comes with a CD ... a pretty amazing book.")
Glasser, R.: My music is my flag: Puerto Rican musicians and their New York communities, 1917-1940. (Vol. 3). Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1995.
Isabelle: Latin jazz. Vade-retro
Leymarie, Isabelle: Du tango au reggae. Flammarion.
Leymarie, Isabelle: La musique sud-américaine. Gallimard-Jeunesse.
Leymarie, Isabelle: La Salsa et le latin jazz. PUF.
Leymarie, Isabelle: Cuban Fire. (All in French).
Manuel, Peter (ed.): Essays on Cuban Music : North American and Cuban Perspectives. University Press of America, 1992. ISBN: 0819184306.
Manuel, Peter, Kenneth M. Bilby, Michael Largey: Caribbean Currents : Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1995. ISBN: 1566393396.
Ospina, Hernando Calvo: Salsa! Havana Heat, Bronx Beat. London, 1995.
Quintero: Salsa, Sabor y Control. Sociologia de la musica
"tropical". Siglo Veintiuno, Madrid.
("In Spanish. Written by a puertorican sociologist, a little nationalistic but with lots of information.")
Storm: Black Music of Two Worlds : African, Caribbean, Latin, and
African-American Traditions. Macmillan General Reference; 1998. ISBN:
Roberts, John Storm: The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States. 1979.
Steward, Sue and
Willie Colon: Salsa. Thames and Hudson, 1999. ISBN:
("...an entertaining read which succinctly conveys everything about this genre of music from its African and Latin-Caribbean roots right bang up to date with a perspective on the London Latin scene and towards the possible future directions of Salsa".)
"Cuba I am Time": 4 CD package, comes with a booklet.
Campos, Carlos: Salsa & Afro Cuban Montunos for Piano (Book & CD). A.D.G. Productions, 1996. ISBN: 1882146549
Rafael: Salsa and Related Genres : A Bibliographical Guide (Music
Reference Collection, No 38). Greenwood Publishing Group,1992. ISBN:
("Documents useful data about salsa and related musical genres in books, articles, dissertations, encyclopaedia entries, videos, recordings, liner notes, and reviews. Author-title and subject indexes complete the volume".)
Goines and Ameen: Funkifying the Clave, Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums.
Malabe, Frank: Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset. Dci Music Video, 1990. ISBN: 9991212760
Malabe, Frank &
Bob Weiner: Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset. Warner Bros. Pubs,
1994. ISBN: 0897245741.
("With tape. The rhythms are played on drums but there is an explanation about from which percussion instrument they are derived".)
Salsa Guidebook for Piano and Ensemble. Sher Music Co, 1993. ISBN
("Perhaps the best instructional book I have ever seen on any topic. It very nicely outlines the various rhythms that go into the different 'salsa' styles." "She has a 'Salsa Standards' list that has been helpful to me.")
Quintana, Jose Luis "Changuito" & Chuck Silverman: Changuito: A Master's Approach to Timbales. Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp./ Manhattan Music Publications. (Comes with a CD.)
The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion and Drumset.
("A huge resource and includes brief chapters on the rest of the band (bass, piano, strings, horns, etc., comes with a CD.")
Handy Guide/Afro-Latin Rhythm Dictionary - Classification: Handy Guides. Alfred, 1984.
Stores on-line where you can find most of this books: amazon.com, The Internet Bookshop, Sheet Music and Livre en ligne (French books).
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