from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Combining African and other cultural elements as found in Cuban society.
  • adjective Of or relating to Afro-Cubans or their history or culture.
  • noun A Cuban of African ancestry.

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  • adjective Describing the section of the population of Cuba that has an African heritage.


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  • Yet as his longtime friend and Boswell, Joe Conzo, notes in "Mambo Diablo: My Journey With Tito Puente" 2010, the percussionist, composer and bandleader apparently had a grudging respect for labels; he despised the word "salsa" as a generic indicator of Hispanic pop, but he welcomed the term "Afro-Cuban music."

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  • His current band, now on tour in the United States, is called Afro-Cuban Messengers, and the flicker of evangelism in that name is surely no mistake.

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  • We call it Afro-Cuban music and you’d dig it, man.


  • We call it Afro-Cuban music and you’d dig it, man.


  • We call it Afro-Cuban music and you’d dig it, man.


  • In New York, Mr. Prieto quickly began realizing his musical ambitions, which straddle jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and lean resolutely forward.

    A Propulsive Force for Jazz

  • Neither can vice, nor witchcraft, he adds, referring to Afro-Cuban Santeria.

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  • One of the more interesting male-line descendants by one of Victoria's younger sons is the Swiss musician Adrian Coburg, an expert in Afro-Cuban percussion.

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  • Beginning with 2005's "About the Monks," the first of his four albums to date, Mr. Prieto established himself as a forceful voice whose fluency in both jazz's swinging pulse and the rudiments of Afro-Cuban rhythms is merely the beginning of the story.

    A Propulsive Force for Jazz

  • He soon began working with saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, whose brands of jazz are distinctly challenging and worldly, and with pianist Eddie Palmieri, whose distillation of Afro-Cuban dance music is as bold as it gets.

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