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The Sounds of LatinidadImmigrants Making Music and Creating Culture in a Southern City$
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Samuel K. Byrd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479859405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479859405.001.0001

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The Sounds of Latinidad

Samuel K. Byrd

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides the background of study of Latina/o musicians in Charlotte, North Carolina. These musicians and their audiences play a vital role in defining Latino expressive culture. Moreover, their lives also reveal issues of politics, labor, community, class, division, and belonging that have become central to a globalizing region and city that are struggling to decide how wide the circle of “We” should be. In particular, the theme of el sueño gris (the gray dream) described the trajectory of the dreams and aspirations of Latino immigrants to the U.S. South. Examples of this graying dream appeared in personal narratives of Latino musicians during informal conversations and recorded interviews throughout the fieldwork process.

Keywords:   el sueño gris, the gray dream, Latino musicians, Charlotte, North Carolina, Latino immigrants, Latino expressive culture

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