Book Chapter

The Construction of Latin American Musical Identity in Melbourne

Mara Favoretto

Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand | Routledge | Published : 2018


Nation-wide Competition Festivals such as Clave Contra Clave may have an important impact on the composition and promotion of Latin American music in Australia, but…which kind of music? Self-branded as a multicultural city, Melbourne is usually promoting live venues and festivals where music bands, self-described as “Latin”, challenge rigid stereotyping by actively constructing an inclusive and varied discourse of identity. Musicians in these bands face the need to express themselves and negotiate their survival in the industry at the same time, an industry that more often than not, dictates them what “latino” music should sound like. Far from finding this an impossible task, local bands for..

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