The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia

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Wesleyan University Press, 2002 - History - 316 pages
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Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Popular Music Books (2002)
Winner of the Society for Ethnomusicology's (SEM) Alan P. Merriam Prize (2003)

Salsa is a popular dance music developed by Puerto Ricans in New York City during the 1960s and 70s, based on Afro-Cuban forms. By the 1980s, the Colombian metropolis of Cali emerged on the global stage as an important center for salsa consumption and performance. Despite their geographic distance from the Caribbean and from Hispanic Caribbean migrants in New York City, Cale os (people from Cali) claim unity with Cubans, Puerto Ricans and New York Latinos by virtue of their having adopted salsa as their own. The City of Musical Memory explores this local adoption of salsa and its Afro-Caribbean antecedents in relation to national and regional musical styles, shedding light on salsa’s spread to other Latin American cities. Cali's case disputes the prevalent academic notion that live music is more "real" or "authentic" than its recorded versions, since in this city salsa recordings were until recently much more important than musicians themselves, and continued to be influential in the live scene. This book makes valuable contributions to ongoing discussions about the place of technology in music culture and the complex negotiations of local and transnational cultural identities.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Origins and Influence of Música Antillana in Cali and Colombia
31
2 Memory and Movement in the RecordCentered Dance Scene
69
Salsotecas and Record Collectors
111
The Rise of Calis Live Scene
153
The Boom of Local Bands
188
Salsa and Festival in Heavens Outpost
222
Del Puente Pallá
256
Map of Socioeconomic Zones in Cali
265
Important International and National Bands Appearing at the Cali Feria 196895
266
Notes
273
Glossary
291
Bibliography
297
Selected Discography
307
Index
308
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Map of Hubs of Salsa and Música Antillana in Cali
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Lise A. Waxer was Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College.

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