Pop Music and Culture: CuBop, Up-Rock, Boogaloo and Banda. Latinos Making Music in the United States

Pop Music and Culture: CuBop, Up-Rock, Boogaloo and Banda. Latinos Making Music in the United States

CFA MH333/433 A1

MWF 12-1 CFA (855 Commonwealth) B36

Prof. Michael Birenbaum Quintero

Surveys the musical styles of Latinos in the US. Discusses the role of these musics in articulating race, class, gender and sexual identities for US Latinos, their circulation along migration routes, their role in identity politics and ethnic marketing, their commercial crossover to Anglo audiences, and Latin/o contributions to jazz, funk, doo-wop, disco and hip hop. Case studies may include Mexican-American/Chicano, Puerto Rican/Nuyorican and Cuban-American musics; Latin music in golden age Hollywood; Latin dance crazes from mambo to the Macarena; rock en español; the early 2000s boom of Latin artists like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer López; reggaetón, race politics, and the creation of the “Hurban” market; and the transnational Latin music industries of Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Friday, April 29, 2016

New Trends #2

Another important trend is for young Latinos, even those born and/or raised in the US, to engage traditional music more directly, often in ways that grow out of political activism. Many of these groups also feature women playing more active roles than in the past, which suggests that many of these groups are not only reviving older musical and cultural values, but also changing some of the old-school machismo that is also part of Latino culture.

Such is the case with the East-LA Chicano group, Las Cafeteras. Their version of the traditional (and Richie Valens/Los Lobos covered) song "La Bamba" repurposes the lyrics to talk about crossing borders, and was the theme song for a popular Telemundo soap opera.

Their storyshows their links both to traditional music and to lo cal grassroots activism.

Another young LA Chicano band, La Santa Cecilia.
El Hielo.

There are similar trends on the East coast.Young Puerto Ricans are now doing bomba:

Not only are these groups doing traditional music, they're engaging in different kinds of fusion between different folkloric genres, and with popular music, as with El Barrio stalwarts Yerbabuena.

Another New York-based group, Kalunga has directly confornted some of the exclusions in traditional music. Against the politically loaded division between the Dominican and Haitian nations, Kalunga, consisting of both Dominican and Haitian New Yorkers, performs both Afro-Dominican and Afro-Haitian music, arguing for the unity around a shared frame of blackness.
This trend toward investigation, questioning, and fusion of folkloric music has also been important for young Latinos from newer immigrant groups, as with Colombians.
Traditional group La Cumbiamba Eneyé:
Many of the same musicians with M.A.K.U Sound System:

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