What is particularly striking about this book is the level of critical attention given to a collection of poems (which are usefully translated in full at the end of the volume), drawings, photographs and eye-witness accounts that really bring to life the spectacle, fascination and subversive nature of these public displays. . .Anderson is clearly well versed in the political history of the colonial years and his reading of the poems is balanced carefully with writing and commentary pertinent to the period.

Underscores the sociopolotical and historical contexts of these poems which have shaped the literary production and message of the Afrocubanismo movement. . . . Nothing less than a tour de force.

Varied and thoughtful. . . . Successfully plumbs the position of the Afro-Cuban performer and brings into sharp relief the way politicians historically sought to affect all elements of Cuban culture.
--New West Indian Guide

A groundbreaking commentary on the literary and cultural movement known as Afrocubanismo.
--University of Notre Dame News