Chapter

“La conga prohibida”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035581.003.0007
“La conga prohibida”

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This chapter sheds light on “La conga prohibida,” a marvelous poem composed by Felix B. Caignet. Among numerous poems which look at Afrocubanismo dealings with Afro-Cuban carnival celebrations, this is the only poem referring to and openly disapproving of governmental prohibitions of the traditional congas during the early decades of the Cuban Republic. This chapter reveals that this particular poem differs from other poems dealing with the same subject because it aspires to satirize the social and political hypocrisies prevailing in Santiago rather than just portraying an exaggerated sketch of a conga and its Afro-Cuban participants.

Keywords: La conga prohibida; Felix B. Caignet; Afrocubanismo; Afro-Cuban carnival; traditional congas; Cuban Republic; Santiago

Chapter.  6731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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