Dance Music and the Politics of Fun

Robin D. Moore

in Music and Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247109
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939462 | DOI:
Dance Music and the Politics of Fun

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This chapter examines the history of dance entertainment since 1959, and considers the hesitant attitudes of the revolutionary vanguard toward fun-loving, irreverent dance tunes. It also emphasizes the leadership's difficulty in determining the role of “fun” within a state cultural agenda that supported music with political content. The chapter studies the groups Los Van Van and Irakere, in order to show changes in dance band aesthetics and comment on controversy over the international salsa craze, and also records the revival of dance activity in Havana during the mid-1980s and the prominence of so-called timba bands in the new tourist economy.

Keywords: dance entertainment; dance tunes; cultural agenda; political content; dance band aesthetics; salsa; dance activity; timba bands

Chapter.  10810 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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