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Musical ImagiNationU.S-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom$
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Maria Elena Cepeda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814716915

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814716915.001.0001

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U.S.-Colombian Popular Music and Identity: Acknowledging the Transnational in the National

(p.164) Afterword
Musical ImagiNation

María Elena Cepeda

NYU Press

This chapter suggests that the ongoing shifts within Colombian popular music echo those of contemporary (U.S.-)Colombian society and its ongoing internal struggles with respect to the politics of ethnoracial identity, gender, and transnational migration. The artistic and media trajectories of Latin(o) American artists such as Shakira, Carlos Vives, and Andrea Echeverri reflect the divergent, though inextricably linked, processes underlying the development of an expanded understanding of Colombian identity both within the nation's geophysical borders and among its U.S.-based diaspora. The chapter also considers the Colombian government's burgeoning interest in the instrumentalization of (U.S.-)Colombian identity and the lack of scholarship in “commercial” Latin(o) popular music, which in turn negatively impacts our collective understanding of all Latino popular music and cultural expression.

Keywords:   Colombian popular music, US-Colombian society, ethnoracial identity, gender, transnational migration, Latino popular music

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