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One of the most ancient musical instruments the Clave is also a rhythmic pattern used for temporal organization in Afro-Cuban music. The instrument was created one day when an African slave sent to Cuba to provide shipwright labor struck two wooden pegs originally used to fasten the planking of boats. The key rhythmic pattern originated in sub-Saharan African music traditions and can be found in the African Diaspora music of Haitian Voodoo drumming, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Uruguayan music. That being said when Latin Jazz was being developed in the 20th century many of New York’s Latin music percussionists went to the Moderna Bakery located on Lenox Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets to buy their instruments. Simón Jou owned it an Afro-Cuban from Havana. It was common to find a Cuban bakery on Lenox Avenue in the middle of Harlem because since the 1930s Black Cubans had been settling in the area between Lenox and Lexington Avenues from 110th to 118th. The Taíno symbols for the coquí (a frog native to Puerto Rico) and the owl associated with the origin of life (found in Cacibajagua Cave of Hispaniola) create the pattern found on the Clave. It was reproduced as a Studio Museum in Harlem Postcard in the summer of 2017. 

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Ink and pencil on paper


36.00 x 24.00 x 0.50 in | 91.44 x 60.96 x 1.27 cm

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