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The Life and Music of Benny More: Wildman of Rhythm by John Radanovich

Until many read John Radanovich’s biography of Benny More, the late Cuban superstar, they will begin to understand the importance of African strains to jazz music and most of the other music forms that dominate the Americas. It is all here.

You will learn of three sacred places of music in the world in The Life and Music of Benny More: Brazil, Louisiana (New Orleans) and, Cuba. Cuba, according to John Radanovich, is the most important, a fact lost in the cultural repression imposed on the island for 50 years now. The other fact lost is that musical tradition is mostly created and forged because of the African presence in the west via slavery, and the post-slavery period still in effect.

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