This Friday, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC), Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, and the Department of History at NYU have the pleasure of welcoming a diverse group of speakers to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Cuban military intervention in Angola’s war of independence.
The events of 1975 represented much more than a military intervention; they also had consequences for visual arts, music, anthropology, and other areas. The speakers presenting at this event are the leading scholars on the topic, and their diverse array of experience and academic study speaks to the complexity of the Cuban-Angolan connection.
Piero Gleijeses is a professor of United States foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. His 2002 book, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959–1976, won SHAFR’s Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize for 2003. He is also author of Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991 (2013).
Linda Heywood is a professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies at Boston University. She is the author of Contested Power in Angola: 1840s to the Present and co-author with John Thornton of Central African, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of America (2007) which was the winner of the 2008 Melville Herskovits Award for the Best Book published in African Studies.
Adriano Mixinge is an Angolan writer and historian with studies in Art History at the University of Havana, Cuba. He serves as a cultural advisor with the Embassies of Angola in Spain and France, and has worked as a professor at the National Institute of Artistic Training and Culture (INFAC) of Angola. Mr. Mixinge is author of O Ocaso dos Pirilampos (2014), a novel about power relations that evokes contemporary Angolan politics.
Christabelle Peters is a cultural theorist specializing in the relationship between race and national identity, with a particular focus on transnational links between Angola, Brazil and Cuba, author of Cuban Identity and the Angolan Experience (2012). Prof. Peters is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Hispanic Studies at The University of Warwick, UK.
Tony Pinelli is a Cuban musician, producer and radio host. He became known in Cuba in the early 1970s after joining the vocal quartet “Los Cañas”. In 1975, Mr. Pinelli traveled to Angola as a member of the artistic brigades, playing for the Cuban and Angolan soldiers and population with other important musicians as Silvio Rodríguez and Grupo Manguaré. Mr. Pinelli has recently moved to Miami, where he presents “De Lo Que Habla Pinelli” for América Tevé.
Ned Sublette is the author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press, 2004), co-founded the 1990s record label Qbadisc, which specialized in contemporary Cuban music. He traveled to Angola in 2012, researching and recording for four one-hour documentaries for Public Radio International’s Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep, including “The Cuban Intervention in Angola,” featuring the commentary of Piero Gleijeses and Tony Pinelli.
Click here to view the event program.
Want more information about the Cuban military intervention in Angola in 1975? Check out some of the videos below to learn more!
Cuba, An African Odyssey by Jihan El Tahri (France, 2007):
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE8EBb4CW8A
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZUptYb_BSE
La Guerra en Angola by Miguel Fleitas (Cuba, 1976): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvB9jF3RCY
N’vula by Juan Padrón and Jose Reyes (Cuba, 1981): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVAVXbbhDyU
For more information about the event and to RSVP, please visit the CubAngola40 event page.