Senior Seminar: Cultures of Salsa
Salsa is the soundscape of 20th century Latin America. In this course we ask how is it possible that salsa stands for Latin American music? How can we understand its origin and its musical expansion? We study how salsa voices transformation and self-exploration of different places and moments in all of Latin America and the US, and we also analyze how it travels across the world. We discuss musical examples in relation to colonialism, globalization, migration, nationalism, gender and ethnicity, as well as connections between salsa and reggaeton.