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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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, Caleņos (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

1 Clave pattern
43
6 Cumbia andporro rhythmic patterns used for musica tropical
59
Memory and Movement in the RecordCentered
69
1 Evelio Carabal1 and Esmeralda early 1970s
82
4 Ballet de la Salsa early 1970s
100
Salsotecas
111
1 Jaime Camargos templo de Babalu
123
5
132
1
177
The Boom of Local Bands
188
Salsa and Festival
222
de la Musica 1999
246
Del Puente PaM
256
Notes
273
Glossary
291
Selected Discography
307

The Rise of Calis Live Scene
153
1 Musica tropical figure from Las Calenas son como
161

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About the author (2002)

Lise A. Waxer was Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College.

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