Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World

Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World

by Alejandro L. Madrid
     
 


At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Nor-tec phenomenon emerged from the border city of Tijuana and through the Internet, quickly conquered a global audience. Marketed as a kind of "ethnic" electronic dance music, Nor-tec samples sounds of traditional music from the north of Mexico, and transforms them through computer technology used in European and… See more details below

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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Nor-tec phenomenon emerged from the border city of Tijuana and through the Internet, quickly conquered a global audience. Marketed as a kind of "ethnic" electronic dance music, Nor-tec samples sounds of traditional music from the north of Mexico, and transforms them through computer technology used in European and American techno music and electronica.

Tijuana has media links to both Mexico and the United States, with peoples, currencies, and cultural goods--perhaps especially music--from both sides circulating intensely within the city. Older residents and their more mobile, cosmopolitan-minded children thus engage in a constant struggle with identity and nationality, appropriation and authenticity. Nor-tec music in its very composition encapsulates this city's struggle, resonating with issues felt on the global level, while holding vastly different meanings to the variety of communities that embrace it.

With an impressive hybrid of musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural and performance studies, urbanism, and border studies, Nor-tec Rifa! offers compelling insights into the cultural production of Nor-tec as it stems from norteña, banda, and grupera traditions. The book is also among the first to offer detailed accounts of Nor-tec music's composition process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195342628
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/21/2008
Series:
Currents in Iberian and Latin American Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,206,092
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     xiii
List of Music Examples     xv
Introduction: Nor-tec and the Borders     3
Origins Revisited: Myth and Discourse in the Nortec Collective     24
Tradition, Style, Nostalgia, and Kitsch     50
Getting the Word Around     87
"Where's the Donkey Show, Mr. Mariachi?": Reterritorializing TJ     114
Producers, DJs, VJs, Fans, and the Performance of Nor-tec     147
Dancing with Desire     169
Nor-tec and the Postnational Imagination     189
Notes     205
Bibliography     227
Index     243

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