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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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Colombian Connections: Tracing the Boundaries of the Colombian Musical ImagiNation

(p.1) Introduction
Musical ImagiNation

María Elena Cepeda

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book presents a study of Colombian popular music, ethnoracial identity, gender, and the transnational U.S.-Colombian community. It argues that that Colombian popular music provides a common space for imagining and enacting Colombian identity outside traditional national borders and in ways not overtly shaped by the scandal and shame of the drug-trafficking trade and violence with which contemporary Colombia is primarily associated. It examines issues of gender, ethnoracial identity, and transnational migration in the work of the Colombian recording artists such as Shakira, Andrea Echeverri (of the group Aterciopelados), and Carlos Vives. It also engages the current debates in American, Latin American, and U.S. Ethnic Studies regarding the academic location and institutional politics of transnational research.

Keywords:   Colombian popular music, ethnoracial identity, US-Colombian community, Colombian identity, transnational research

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