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Turning things around? From white fusion stars with Andean flavour to Andean fusion stars with white appeal

Montero Diaz, Fiorella

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Popular fusion music in Peru’s capital Lima has in recent years grown to a representative genre challenging existing segregation of Limeño society through interethnic and interclass interaction. Focusing on three case studies of Peruvian fusionists performing for the white upper classes, this article documents a shift in racialised notions of Andeanness and marginality among the white upper classes from 1960 to 2014 linking the changes in perception to the political and social context of those years. It examines the trajectories of Miki González – an older white fusion star who hires Andean musicians, La Sarita – an intercultural Andean rock band striving to balance the urban and the Andean, and Magaly Solier – a young Andean campesina (‘peasant’) actress and singer who hires white musicians. These case studies demonstrate how fusion music interactions contribute to re-shape traditional cultural imaginaries, challenge racism, and project images of empowerment onto 21st century Andeans.

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Montero Diaz, F. (2018). Turning things around? From white fusion stars with Andean flavour to Andean fusion stars with white appeal. Popular Music, 37(3), 424-443. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143018000430

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2018
Publication Date 2018-10
Publicly Available Date May 26, 2023
Journal Popular Music
Print ISSN 0261-1430
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Volume 37
Issue 3
Pages 424-443
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143018000430
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143018000430

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