Ned Sublette (born 1951 in
Texas) is an American composer, musician, record
producer and musicologist.
studied Spanish Classical Guitar
with Hector Garcia at the University of New Mexico and with Emilio Pujol
in Spain. He studied composition with Kenneth Gaburo at the University of
California, San Diego. He grew up in Portales, New Mexico, moved to New York City in 1976, and has worked with John Cage, LaMonte
Young, Glenn Branca, and Peter Gordon.
As a performer, Sublette is probably best known for fusing
country-western and afro-Caribbean styles including salsa
, as reflected on the 1999 album "Cowboy Rumba".
He is also
a leading scholar of Cuban
His label Qbadisc releases Cuban music in the United
States and he has produced Latin musicians including Ritmo Oriental
and Issac Delgado
and has co-produced Public Radio
International's "Afropop Worldwide" show.
During the 1980s, he led the Ned Sublette Band, which played
country with Cuban stylings. His "Cowboy Rumba" reached number one
on World Music Charts Europe during December, 1999. In 2006,
released Sublette's song
Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other
" in the wake of the
success of Brokeback
His book on Cuban music, Cuba and Its Music: From the First
Drums to the Mambo
(ISBN 1-55652-516-8) was published in 2004.
"The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo
Square," was published in 2008 by Lawrence Hill Books. "The Year
Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans," published in 2009 by
Lawrence Hill Books continues the history of New Orleans cultures
Sublette is a 2005 Guggenheim