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When the Spirits Dance Mambo

Growing up Nuyorican in El Barrio
Vega, Marta Moreno (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
When the Spirits Dance Mambo
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When rock and roll was transforming American culture in the 1950s and '60s, East Harlem pulsed with the sounds of mambo and merengue. Instead of Elvis and the Beatles, Marta Moreno Vega grew up worshipping Celia Cruz, Mario Bauza, and Arsenio Rodriguez. Their music could be heard on every radio in El Barrio and from the main stage at the legendary Palladium, where every weekend working-class kids dressed in their sharpest suits and highest heels and became mambo kings and queens. Spanish Harlem was a vibrant and dynamic world, but it was also a place of constant change, where the traditions of Puerto Rican parents clashed with their children's American ideals. A precocious little girl with wildly curly hair, Marta was the baby of the family and the favorite of her elderly abuela, who lived in the apartment down the hall. Abuela Luisa was the spiritual center of the family, an espiritista who smoked cigars and honored the Afro-Caribbean deities who had always protected their family. But it was Marta's brother, Chachito, who taught her the latest dance steps and called her from the pay phone at the Palladium at night so she could listen, huddled beneath the bedcovers, to the seductive rhythms of Tito Puente and his orchestra. In this luminous and lively memoir, Marta Moreno Vega calls forth the spirit of Puerto Rican New York and the music, mysticism, and traditions of a remarkable and quintessentially American childhood. "Viva Marta Moreno Vega! With honesty, humor, and love, she relives her coming-of-age in Spanish Harlem--the highs and the lows--eloquently documenting how deeply rooted West African cultural traditions are in her rich Puerto Rican heritage. Marta Vega's memoir makes me want to mambo." --Susan Taylor, editorial director of Essence and author of Lessons in Living
Authors: Vega, Marta Moreno
Title: When the spirits dance mambo
growing up nuyorican in el barrio
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 273 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Marta Moreno Vega
ISBN: 1400049245
Branch Call Number: B-Ve522w 2004
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Social conditions Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Social conditions New York (N.Y.) Biography Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Biography Ethnic neighborhoods New York (State) New York Puerto Ricans New York (State) New York Social conditions Puerto Ricans New York (State) New York Social life and customs Puerto Ricans New York (State) New York Biography Puerto Rican women New York (State) New York Biography Vega, Marta Moreno
Topical Term: Ethnic neighborhoods
Puerto Ricans
Puerto Ricans
Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rican women
LCCN: 2003027912
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In this luminous and lively memoir, Marta Moreno Vega calls forth the spirit of Puerto Rican New York and the music, mysticism, and traditions of a remarkable and quintessentially American childhood.


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