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A Latin American Music Reader

Views from the South

A multidimensional overview of an expanding world music phenomenon

Javier F. León and Helena Simonett curate a collection of essential writings from the last twenty-five years of Latin American music studies. Chosen as representative, outstanding, and influential in the field, each article appears in English translation. A detailed new introduction by León and Simonett both surveys and contextualizes the history of Latin American ethnomusicology, opening the door for readers energized by the musical forms brought and nurtured by immigrants from throughout Latin America.

Contributors include Marina Alonso Bolaños, Gonzalo Camacho Díaz, José Jorge de Carvalho, Claudio F. Díaz, Rodrigo Cantos Savelli Gomes, Juan Pablo González, Rubén López-Cano, Angela Lühning, Jorge Martínez Ulloa, Maria Ignêz Cruz Mello, Julio Mendívil, Carlos Miñana Blasco, Raúl R. Romero, Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros, Carlos Sandroni, Carolina Santamaría-Delgado, Rodrigo Torres Alvarado, and Alejandro Vera.

"Bravo! This critical gloss of Latin American music scholarship and compendium of works by Latin American scholars is much needed, long overdue, well-conceived, and well-informed."--Daniel Sheehy, Director and Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

"I love this book. A major contribution to Latin American research--in both ethnomusicology and musicology--as well as related fields such as anthropology, sociology, political science, and gender studies."--Craig Russell, author of From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions

Published in collaboration with the Society for Ethnomusicology


Javier F. León is the director of the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and an adjunct professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Helena Simonett is an assistant professor of Latin American studies, adjunct assistant professor of music history and literature, and associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Banda: Mexican Musical Life across Borders and the editor of The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More!

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