Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Nor-tec phenomenon emerged from the border city of Tijuana, and through modern Internet technology quickly conquered a global audience. Marketed as a kind of "ethnic" electronic dance music, Nor-tec samples sounds of traditional music from the northof Mexico, transforming these sounds through computer technology used in European and American techno music and electronica. Mostly middle-class artists in their thirties, and with few exceptions all from Tijuana, Nor-tec musicians tend to avoid the mainstream music industry's channels,distributing works instead through the underground, global means of the Internet, enabling a loyal international following to grow rapidly. Perched on the border between Mexico and the United States, Tijuana has media links to both countries, with peoples, currencies, and cultural goods -perhaps especially music- from both sides circulating intensely within the city. Tijuana's older residents and their more mobile, cosmopolitan-mindedchildren 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. It resonates with issues felt on the global level, while holding vastly different meanings to the variety of communitiesthat embrace it. In Nor-tec Rifa!, Alejandro L. Madrid crafts a fascinating account of this music and the city that fostered its birth. With an impressive hybrid of musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural and performance studies, urbanism, and border studies, Nor-tec Rifa! offers compelling insights into the culturalproduction of Nor-tec as it stems from ortena, banda, and grupera traditions. The book is also amongst the first to offer detailed accounts of Nor-tec music's composition process.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Nortec and the Borders
Myth and Discourse
TWO Tradition Style Nostalgia and Kitsch
5 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
aesthetic American articulated audiences authenticity banda music bands bass line body Bostich clubs collective's conjunto cosmopolitanism cultural culturosos cumbia dance floor dance music dancers dancing fans dancing style discourses DJ Tolo electronic dance music electronic music electronica ethnic event flyers Fussible Fussible's genres global grupero Hiperboreal Hiperboreal's hybrid identity images individuals Infierno Jai Alai Jai Alai building Jorge Ruiz Jose kitsch label Latino live loops mainstream marketing Melo Mexican Mexico City Mogt's music scene musical styles musicians myth negotiation Nor-tec Nor-tec fans Nor-tec music Nor-tec scene Nor-tec tracks Nortec City Nortec Collective nortena nortena music Palm Pictures Panoptica party Pepe Mogt performance personal interview Plankton play political produced Pulgas re-signification remixes reterritorialization rhythmic rock samples sinaloense social sonic sounds stereotypes strategy synthesizer tarola techno Tercera Nacion Terrestre Tijuana Sessions tijuanenses tion tradition transnational U.S.-Mexico border underground urban