If there is one book you should read on Cuban music and dance, along with the history of Cuba–you must read Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo by Ned Sublette.

Front Cover

It is the comprehensive history from the very beginnings to the 1950s. Check the link above and you can read some pages via google books. If you are truly interested in finding out more about Cuba and its Music (no wonder that is the title!), pick up this book–trust me and I think others would agree. And for those that have read it, volume II from 1950s to present–we are still waiting.