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!Musica!: Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, & More: The Rhythm of Latin America Paperback – January 1, 1999
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Willie Colon is a Puerto Rican New York-based songwriter, bandleader, and trombone player, who has played a major role in shaping contemporary salsa music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Musica is a book full of misinformation. Some examples:
Musician turned dance promoter Federico Pagani was not italian, he was Puertorican. Chick Webb did not die in 1932, he died on June 6, 1939. "Hall of Famer" Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie did not move together into Cab Calloway's orchestra, nor did they played with Calloway in 1932. It was in 1938 that Bauza joined Calloway's band. Pretending to be sick, and without warning to Calloway, he sent Gillespie to play in his place...that is how the great Gillespie got into Calloway's band.
On page 41 a huge blunder is committed. Here it is stated that "Hall of Famer" Maria Teresa Vera was the first Cuban woman on record. Her suppose debut recording was in New York with Sexteto Habanero in 1918. Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts are that the first Cuban singer on record was "Hall of Famer" Rosalia "Chalia" Herrera Diaz. Not only was she the first singer of Latin origen on record, she is also the very first to record a "habanera". She manages to do all this with the famous "Habanera Tu" in New York in 1901!
I doubt very much that Maria Teresa Vera did any recordings with the Sexteto Habanero in 1918...Read more ›
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An excellent book, very informative. A must for any fan of salsa or afro-cuban music in general who wants to know more about history of this nice music.Published on January 15, 2012 by Ondrej
The main asset of this book is that it covers a great variety of Latin and Afro-Caribbean styles from different countries, from the origins before WW2 until the present day. Read morePublished on July 18, 2003 by Peter
This is a colorful book, full of pictures and printed on quality paper. Being new to Salsa, I can not vouch for its historical accuracy. Read morePublished on April 20, 2000 by Mark Holmberg
I liked the fact that we have more books on Latin music, and this is interesting but the organization of material could have been better. Read morePublished on March 22, 2000 by Tony Ramon
Great book for salsa lovers who want to know a bit more about the history and background of the sexiest, spieciest music and dance.Published on February 16, 2000 by Yaara Di Segni
There's relatively little available on Latin American music by itself, which makes this new title so important. Read morePublished on February 3, 2000 by Midwest Book Review