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Banda : Mexican Musical Life across Borders - Helena Simonett

Banda

Mexican Musical Life across Borders

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Published: 30th January 2001
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Banda music has been performed by traditional brass bands in rural northwestern Mexico for more than a century, while technobanda, a newer style that has replaced the brass instruments with synthesizers and electric instruments, has become part of a lifestyle for tens of thousands of young people in the US, particularly in Los Angeles. The young people who flock to technobanda concerts also insist on the use of the Spanish language, a particular etiquette on the dance floor and above all, a specific style of dress: cowboy/cowgirl apparel and belt buckles emblazoned with the name of their home Mexican state.
In this engaging and insightful ethnography, Helena Simonett brings us inside the music and its culture. Her discussions of narco-trafficking and narco-corridos ballads reveal the interconnected roles of musical, commercial and criminal networks, and illuminate how and why musical and social issues become so interconnected for banda artists and audiences. In this richly contextualized analysis of a singularly important contemporary musical style, Simonett sheds new light on how expressive culture both generates and reflects intersecting social identities.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Technobanda Craze in Los Angeles: Popular Music and the Politics of Identity
A New Sound in "Nuevo L.A."p. 25
The Quebradita Dance Crazep. 52
Technobanda and the Politics of Identityp. 78
A Social History of Banda Music: From Rural/Local/Traditional to Urban/Transregional/Commercial
The Sociohistorical Roots of Banda Musicp. 99
Music in the Center, Music on the Peripheryp. 130
Tradition: Sedimentation and Innovationp. 155
The Transnational Dimension of Banda Music: Narco Subculture and Contemporary Influences
The Music of a Transnational Subculturep. 201
Another Sound in "Nuevo L.A."p. 226
Technobanda's Lasting Influencep. 255
Epiloguep. 273
Dancers' Voicesp. 281
Notesp. 305
Selected Bibliographyp. 341
Selected Discographyp. 355
Permissionsp. 359
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780819564306
ISBN-10: 0819564303
Series: Music Culture S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 30th January 2001
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.63