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Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of
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Thomas F. Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035581

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035581.001.0001

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“La conga prohibida”

“La conga prohibida”

Felix B. Caignet's Response to Carnival Controversy in Santiago de Cuba

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Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Thomas F. Anderson

University Press of Florida

This chapter sheds light on “La conga prohibida,” a marvelous poem composed by Felix B. Caignet. Among numerous poems which look at Afrocubanismo dealings with Afro-Cuban carnival celebrations, this is the only poem referring to and openly disapproving of governmental prohibitions of the traditional congas during the early decades of the Cuban Republic. This chapter reveals that this particular poem differs from other poems dealing with the same subject because it aspires to satirize the social and political hypocrisies prevailing in Santiago rather than just portraying an exaggerated sketch of a conga and its Afro-Cuban participants.

Keywords:   La conga prohibida, Felix B. Caignet, Afrocubanismo, Afro-Cuban carnival, traditional congas, Cuban Republic, Santiago

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