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- DescriptionLong associated with the pejorative cliches of the drug-trafficking trade and political violence, contemporary Colombia has been unfairly stigmatized. In this pioneering study of the Miami music industry and Miami's growing Colombian community, Maria Elena Cepeda boldly asserts that popular music provides an alternative common space for imagining and enacting Colombian identity. Using an interdisciplinary analysis of popular media, music, and music video, Cepeda teases out issues of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and transnational identity in the Lati/a music industry and among its most rewned rock en espal, pop, and vallenato stars. Musical ImagiNation provides an overview of the ongoing Colombian political and ecomic crisis and the dynamics of Colombian immigration to metropolitan Miami. More tably, placed in this context, the book discusses the creative work and media personas of talented Colombian artists Shakira, Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados, and Carlos Vives. In her examination of the transnational figures and music that illuminate the recent shifts in the meanings attached to Colombian identity both in the United States and Latin America, Cepeda argues that music is a powerful arbitrator of memory and transnational identity.
- Author BiographyMaría Elena Cepeda is Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies at Williams College.
- Author(s)Maria Elena Cepeda
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2010
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Note20 illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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