Ivor Miller – YouTube Channel

Dr. Ivor Miller is a cultural historian specializing in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas. He has conducted research in Cuba since 1991 and in Nigeria and Cameroon since 2004.

He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History & International Studies, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from 2009-2019.

He has been a Research Fellow at the African Studies Center, Boston University, since 2006.

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Books by Ivor Miller

The Sacred Language of the Abakua
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Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba
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Calabar on the Cross River
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Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City
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– Ken McCarthy

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Changui and the music of Oriente

We found this excellent presentation on the history of Changui, the music of Oriente, and the mystery of East and West in Cuba.

It’s by Ben Lapidus and includes many musical examples.

The audio is a little low so crank it up a little.

– Ken McCarthy
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Cinco Changuiseros: El Changui de Guantanamo, Cuba

Recommended to us by the esteemed Changuisero and scholar Ben Lapidus.

– Ken McCarthy
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Raices Habaneras at the Bronx Music Hall (July 3)

Concert into

 

– Ken McCarthy
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A Golden Age of music in Havana

Kosa’s Cuban Percussion Summit last weekend was off-the-hook.

I hope everyone who had a chance to participate did.

We’ll be unpacking this one for a long time…maybe a lifetime.

So many gems.

One of the many gems was a guest appearance by Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. who shared the history of this track with us.

The master drummer hipped us to this track and shared his memories of a particularly rich time in Cuban music history, the 1930s to the 1950s.

Here’s the line up and discography info:

Cuban All Stars (A.K.A.) Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba
Album Title: Los Mejores Musicos De Cuba.
GEMA: 1124. Recorded in 1957.
Song Title: Special De Bebo – Descarga.
Author: Bebo Valdez.
Piano: Bebo Valdes.
Trombone: Tojo Gimenez.
Bass: Cachaito.
Tumbadora: Tata Guines.
CUBAN ALL STARS
Bebo Valdes: Piano.
Cachaito: Bass .
Edilberto Scrich: Alto sax.
Emilio Penalver: Tenor Sax.
Negro Vivar: Trumpet.
Osvaldo Penalver: Alto Sax.
Peruchin Justiz: Piano.
Richard Egues: Flute.
Senen Suarez: Electric Guitar.
Tata Guines: Tumbadora.
Tojo Gimenez: Trombone.
Urfe : Bass.
Walfredito De Los Reyes: Bateria.

More about Walfredo Reyes Sr. (with his son Daniel).

– Ken McCarthy
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The Abakua-Cross River Nigeria Connection – Program 2

Produced by Calabar Radio

Ivor Miller spins Cuban classics recorded in Cuba and New York City, points out the Abakua codes within them and translates them with the help of his Nigerian co-host, Mr. Ene Ita, a professional Master of Ceremonies with Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC)

Books by Ivor Miller

Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba
More info

The Sacred Language of the Abakua
More info

Calabar on the Cross River
More info

– Ken McCarthy

P.S. The program number on the streamed player is inaccurate.

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