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