Blackness and mestizaje: Afro-Caribbean music in Chetumal, Mexico

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Cunin , Elisabeth (2014)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
  • Subject: [ SHS.SOCIO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology | ethnicity | race | black | Chetumal | [ SHS.ANTHRO-SE ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Social Anthropology and ethnology | mestizaje | Afro-Caribbean music

International audience; Hierba Santa, Chan Santa Roots, Korto Circuito, Roots and Wisdom, Escuadrón 16, etc.: these are a few of the numerous reggae and ska groups from the state of Quintana Roo, in the south-eastern part of Mexico bordering Belize. While this region is traditionally associated with a dominant Maya culture or with the first mestizaje in Mexico, I will study Afro-Caribbean music in order to analyze, from a different perspective, socio-historical mechanisms of inclusion, transformation, and elimination of differences. Focusing on the local reggae and ska scene (musicians, public, organization, etc.), I will then try to understand the meaning of black music without black people and its consequences on the definition of Mexican mestizaje.
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