Drumming Up the Black Vote

Thomas F. Anderson

in Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035581
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038131 | DOI:
Drumming Up the Black Vote

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This chapter permits a look into the controversial history of the political comparsas connected with Cuba's Liberal Party politicians, which came to be known as chambelonas. The chapter studies the poem Quintín Barahona composed by José Zacarías Tallet, which openly criticizes the sociopolitical dilemma of Afro-Cubans. It is a rare example of an afrocubanista poem whose substantial issues outweigh stereotypical images of blacks and their cultural traditions.

Keywords: political comparsas; Cuba's Liberal Party; chambelonas; Afro-Cubans; Quintín Barahona; José Zacarías Tallet; afrocubanista poem; blacks; cultural traditions

Chapter.  7241 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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