Music, Race, and Nation: From Música Tropical to Rap

Date:       Monday, March 20, 2006
Time:       3:00 PM
Location: Troy Moore Library
                General Classroom Building -939
                Georgia State University
                Corner of Decatur Street and Peachtree Center Ave.
                (2 Blocks from Five Points Marta Station)

Event Notes

This talk will explore changing constructions of "Africa" and "blackness" in Colombian popular music from the middle decades of the twentieth century, when "música tropical" became fashionable, to the turn of the millennium, when rap music has become popular in the country's urban barrios.

Additional Event Notes

Peter Wade (Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Cambridge University, 1981-1985) is professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK.

From 1985 to 1988, he held a Research Fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge, focusing on black migrants from the Pacific coastal region of Colombia to the city of Medellín, Colombia.

His academic interests center on race and ethnicity in Latin America, with particular reference to black populations. He has done fieldwork in Colombia, looking at processes of racial discrimination, black cultural identities, and the black social movement and constitutional reform. He has also traced the social history of Colombian popular music in the twentieth century and its connections with ideas about nation and race.

Recent publications include:

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Prof. Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste at 404.651.2265.