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Jordan Spitzer COML 1109 The Danzón Racial Tension? Before the Cuban revolution, Afrocuban musical forms and styles were as unwanted as a rained out game of the World Series. However, as with almost anything, change through time always clears the way for more tolerance and acceptance, as is the case here. In pre-revolution Cuba, many well-known Afrocuban rhythms and beats and musical styles were prominent in the Afrocuban community. While not accepted by Whites or Creoles, they still prevailed with Afrocubans and Blacks. Yet, the Cuban State did not approve of these styles. But, as with many revolutions, many changes are brought about as a result, of either a victory or a defeat. However, as a result, while its attitude did change, for the good as a whole, it has also had some negative effects on the musical forms. It has brought both positive and negative changes to Afrocuban as well as Creole rhythms in Cuba and the surrounding culture. The institution of music, the appearance of new music styles, the disappearance of old music styles, and the censorship of music all point to the larger idea that the attitude of the Cuban State towards native rhythms had changed after the Cuban Revolution, both for the better and for the worse. The Cuban institution of music was a positive change that the Cuban State brought about after the Revolution. Before the Revolution, musicians were technically unemployed. They earned no official salary, and their unofficial salaries were unstable. Some years, a musician can
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earn only half of what he or she earned the previous year. However, with the institutionalization of music, this issue is no longer a problem.
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