Who Is Babalu?

Afro-Cuban Culture and the U.S. Mainstream

Sponsored by Department of History

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:30 p.m.

A lecture by Paul Austerlitz, Associate Professor of Music and Africana Studies, Gettysburg College.

Staples of North American entertainment such as the I Love Lucy TV show and the prominent place of Latin rhythms in the history of jazz affirm that Afro-Cuban influences have long stood at the center of U.S. popular culture. Attending to the development of Afro-Cuban music in the U.S. and its influence on quintessentially North American forms such as jazz, disco and hip-hop reveals a rich multi-ethnic mosaic as the true "mainstream" culture of the United States.

Dr. Austerlitz combines his background as an ethnomusicolgist with his creative work as a jazz musician. He is the author of two books -- Jazz Consciousness: Music, Race and Humanity and Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity. As an instrumentalist, he has dedicated himself to mastering the bass and contrabass clarinets; he also plays soprano clarinet and tenor saxophone.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of History, Music, International Studies, and American Studies.

This event is open to the public.



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