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Anacaona: The Amazing Adventures of Cuba's First All-Girl Dance Band
 
 
Author
Alicia Castro, Ingrid Kummels & Manfred Schafer. Steven T. Murray, trans.
Publisher Atlantic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.8 x 7.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781843542421
Pages/Publication Date 393/2007
Daedalus Item Code 03464
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Havana, 1932. To help her bankrupted father Matias Castro support his 13 children, eldest daughter Cuchito decides to start an all-girl orchestra to bring in some cash. Dubbed Anacaona, the group plays jazz, mambo, rumba, cha-cha, and Latin jazz every evening in local street cafes, overcoming prejudices in this decidedly male domain with their infectious music and cheeky lyrics. Alicia Castro played saxophone and later led the orchestra, which continued playing until 1989; here she looks back on the scintillating world that she and her sisters inhabited, describing their international breakthrough, concerts in Paris and New York, and appearances with jazz greats.

"A beautifully written first-person account of the birth of Latin music; a glimpse into the complex and fascinating Havana of another era; and the tale of a remarkable family of women who brushed off Latin machismo with back of a graceful hand."óJoe Boyd

 
 
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