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Afro-Cuban Music and Poetry

A musician carrying an upright bass in front of a mural of the Cuban flag

Join us for a dynamic night of Afro-Cuban poetry and music! Northeastern University professor and scholar of Latin American Studies Alan West-Durán will guide us on a journey through the poetry of Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989). Guillén was a leader in the Afrocubanismo arts movement that had ties both to the Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude Movement of the French-speaking Caribbean.

Guillén’s poetry captures the daily life of Afro-Cubans and the history of Cuba. Many of his works have also been set to music. Alan will share five of Guillén’s poems and their musical renditions. Musical genres will include Cuban son, folk, nueva trova, classical, salsa, and rap. If you are interested in learning more about Afro-Cuban arts and culture, this session is for you!

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446


The Coolidge Corner is located on the ground floor of the Coolidge Corner Library. There are three methods of access: (1) Use the main entrance, which is equipped with a ramp and door openers, followed by the lift in the far east corner of the ground floor. (2) Follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the ground floor entrance, which is equipped with a door opener, followed by three stairs from the hallway into the room, or (3) follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the back entrance, which is equipped with a door opener. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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