¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment - Daniel S. Margolies

¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment - Daniel S. Margolies

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¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment - Daniel S. Margolies

Daniel S. Margolies [+-]
Festival of Texas Fiddling Sonté-New Orleans
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Daniel S. Margolies, Ph.D, is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of Texas Fiddling and a Director at Sonté in New Orleans, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting musical interventions for wellbeing. Margolies runs Zarza Records, which releases new recordings of traditional music and historical reissues, and produces the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio. He has written dozens of articles and book chapters on musical and historical topics and has written or edited four other books, including Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877–1898 (2011). More information at DanMargolies.com.
J.A. Strub [+-]
University of Texas, Austin
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J.A. Strub is a researcher, performer, and multimedia producer. He holds a Bachelor's degree in economics and statistics from Hunter College, CUNY and is completing a PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include music and participatory social life, user-generated platform media, and the role of improvisation and creative agency in musical performance. His work has been supported by the United States Department of Education, the Tinker Foundation, Humanities Texas, and the Rainwater Foundation, among others. More information at JA-Strub.com.

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This chapter poses questions about topophilia, xenophobia, plague, and the fraught history of cultural encounter and interchange in the Americas as expressed in música del coronavirus. This chapter looks at how lyrics in coronavirus-themed Colombian vallenato, Mexican corrido, Cuban timba and Peruvian huaynos reflect a dualism that links regional pride to anxiety about a foreign Other. This tendency is historically contextualized by considering the experience and cultural resonance of readings of encounter since the Spanish conquista, the region’s long history as a nexus of extractive commerce, and manifestations of political paranoia during Latin America's bloody twentieth century. This chapter discusses how symbols of cultural patrimony are posited in the music as potential bulwarks against the coronavirus and how lyrical musings on cuisine and lifestyle bespeak a worldview that categorizes the pandemic as invasive and uncanny. It also acknowledges the common presence of racist and derogatory language in música del coronavirus, and contextualizes these sentiments within the cultural history of xenophobic Anti-Asian feeling in the region.

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Margolies, Daniel; Strub, J.A.. Los Corridos de COVID. ¡Maldito Coronavirus! - Mapping Latin American Musical Responses to the Pandemic Moment. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Apr 2024. ISBN 9781800503977. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43039. Date accessed: 25 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43039. Apr 2024

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