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Latin Music and Its Relation to Society, Politics and Identities

By September 30, 2011

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Latin music is fun, romantic and exciting. However, Latin music goes far beyond these feelings when it comes to describe the culture, history and society of an entire region and its people. This week, I am featuring a couple of articles dealing with Latin music and its relation to society and politics.

If you listen carefully to songs like "Ligia Elena" by Ruben Blades or "Latinoamerica" by Calle 13, you can see the way Latin music touches issues of identity, race, and poverty. Along these lines, if you listen to songs like "Apesar de Voce" by Brazilian artist Chico Buarque or "La Jaula de Oro" by Los Tigres del Norte, we can understand the way Latin music has responded to political issues such as dictatorships and immigration.

Latin Music is fun, romantic and exciting. However, if you are willing to listen carefully to it, you can discover many things about Latin America and Latin people.

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