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When the Spirits Dance Mambo: Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio
When rock and roll was transforming American culture in the 1950s and â��60s, East Harlem pulsed with the sounds of mambo and merengue. Instead of Elvis and the Beatles, Marta Moreno Vega grew up worshipping Celia Cruz, Mario Bauza, and Arsenio Rodriguez. Their music could be heard on every radio in El Barrio and from the main stage at the legendary Palladium, where every ...more
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Vibrant. Lively. I loved reading about Marta's life in El Barrio and the wonderful culture of the people she grew up around. Growing up in an Afro-latino community, I thought she depicted life being surrounded by several influences and characters vivaciously. Pretty dope that she also inserted excerpts about Yoruba // Santeria traditions that she was influenced by in her upbringing.
Nov 20, 2012 Sumayyah rated it it was amazing
Marta Moreno Vega takes us on a tour of el barrio in Spanish Harlem during the 1950s. She shares with us events from her childhood/formative years to better explain the intersections of culture, race, and spirituality. A wonderful, wonderful read.
This is a great book. In reading it you really gain a sense of intimacy with the characters and become emotionally involved with their triumphs and struggles. Its a very engaging read and helps you relate to people who are from another culture and yet live so close to us.