Crossing diaspora's borders: musical roots experiences and the Euro-American presence in Afro-Cuban religious music.

  • Nolan Warden Ethnomusicologist and co-editor of the Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology


As a potentially more useful heuristic, I discuss what I call a musical “roots experience.” In doing so, I argue that recent Euro-American interest in Afro-Cuban music is a logical result of a search for a historicized cultural self, quite similar to that of African-Americans. In this way, the framework of a “roots experience” highlights experiential similarities across an ethnically diverse community of practitioners, whereas relying on the concept of the African Diaspora could possibly reinforce racial barriers.


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How to Cite
Warden, N. “Crossing Diaspora’s Borders: Musical Roots Experiences and the Euro-American Presence in Afro-Cuban Religious Music.”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 8, no. 4, Nov. 2010, pp. 101-9, doi: