Local author and professor Umi Vaughan will present a lecture and signing of his new book about contemporary dance music in Cuba entitled Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba. From his unique perspective as an African American anthropologist, musician, dancer, and photographer who lived in Cuba, Vaughan reveals a rarely discussed perspective on contemporary Cuban society during the 1990s, the peak decade of timba, and beyond. By looking at the experiences of black Cubans and exploring the notion of “Afro Cuba,” Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance explains timba’s evolution and importance in the larger context of Cuban culture. The event will include a Q&A session and salsa/timba dancing with music provided by local timba heavyweight, DJ Walt Digz.
Umi Vaughan is an artist and anthropologist who explores dance, creates photographs and performances, and publishes about African Diaspora culture. He has conducted extensive anthropological research in Cuba about Afro-Cuban music and dance, and created numerous scholarly presentations, art exhibits, and cultural events in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Vaughan is currently Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay.