Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meanings in Latin Popular Music / Edition 1

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This collection represents the first comprehensive consideration of salsa music and its social impact from a transnational perspective. Consisting of 13 essays, this volume explores the diffusion of this popular sound from its Hispanic Caribbean origins to audiences around the world. With contributions from a dozen leading scholars, experts, and musicians, including a piece by revered salsa composer Tite Curet Alonso, this book traces the myriad ways in which salsa music has moved beyond its Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican roots to become an international musical commodity. Situating Salsa will prove to be the definitive guide for students, scholars, and anyone who would understand salsa's global impact.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815340195
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Perspectives in Global Pop Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lise Waxer is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. She received her PhD. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. She has conducted extensive ethnographic and historical research on salsa music and its Cuban roots and also performs Latin jazz and salsa on the piano. She is in the process of completing her first book, The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Local Popular Culture in Columbia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Situating Salsa: Latin Music at the Crossroads 3
2 Is Salsa a Musical Genre? 23
3 Salsa and Socialism: Dance Music in Cuba, 1959-99 51
4 "Cha-Cha with a Backbeat": Songs and Stories of Latin Boogaloo 75
5 Salsa Romantica: An Analysis of Style 101
6 La Lupe, La India, and Celia: Toward a Feminist Genealogy of Salsa Music 135
7 El Hombre que Respira Debajo del Agua: Trans-Boricua Memories, Identities, and Nationalisms Performed through the Death of Hector Lavoe 161
8 Memoirs of a Life in Salsa 187
9 Poncho Sanchez, Latin Jazz, and the Cuban Son: A Stylistic and Social Analysis 201
10 Llego la Salsa: The Rise of Salsa in Venezuela and Colombia 219
11 Se Prohibe Escuchar "Salsa y Control": When Salsa Arrived in Buenaventura, Colombia 247
12 The Making of a Salsa Music Scene in London 259
13 Salsa No Tiene Fronteras: Orquesta de la Luz and the Globalization of Popular Music 289
Glossary 313
Contributors 321
Index 325
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