So after you read Cuba and its Music by Ned Sublette, you want more. (It is at times an intense, long read–but so worth it. I challenge you to read it.)

At least I wanted more. So since Sublette hadn’t at the time, and still hasn’t, published part II, I read:

Last Dance in Havana by Eugene Robinson (2004)

Last Dance in Havana

A very easy read including the history of Timba, Cuban Hip-Hop, and the Special Period written by a journalist/editor. Pick up a copy, just 250 pages, and it will give you insight on many of the Cuban timba songs you dance to at rueda practice.

Robinson says, “Music is the mother’s milk of Cuban culture…The music of Cuba is the real news. Those who make the music are the real journalists, analysts, social commentators. To understand what’s happening in Cuba, you have to meet the musicans and listen to their fabulous music.”