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The ‘routes’ and ‘roots’ of danzón: a critique of the history of a genre

Malcomson, Hettie (2011) The ‘routes’ and ‘roots’ of danzón: a critique of the history of a genre [in special issue: Crossing Borders: Music of Latin America] Popular Music, 30, (2), pp. 263-278. (doi:10.1017/S0261143011000067).

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In this article, I examine the history of a genre that spans several continents and several centuries. I bring together material from Mexico, Cuba, France and the UK to create anew, expand upon and critique the ‘standard’ histories of danzón narrated by Mexico’s danzón experts (and others). In these ‘standard’ histories, origins and nationality are key to the constitution of genres which are racialised and moralised for political ends. Danzón, its antecedents and successors are treated as generic equivalents despite being quite different. From the danzón on, these genres are positioned as being the products of individual, male originators (and their nations). ‘Africa’ is treated as a conceptual nation, and ‘Africanness’ as something extra which racialises hegemonic European music dance forms. Political leanings and strategies determine whether these music-dance forms are interpreted, adopted or co-opted as being ‘black’ or ‘white’.

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Published date: 27 May 2011
Organisations: Music


Local EPrints ID: 343070
ISSN: 0261-1430
PURE UUID: 48f57d65-400b-4dbc-a036-946d7d4a25bb

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2012 09:35
Last modified: 18 Oct 2017 16:31

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