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David Laderman and Laurel Westrup

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.001.0001

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From Méjico Máxico to Político

From Méjico Máxico to Político

Sampling the Past and the Present in the Mexican Musical Scene

(p.114) 8 From Méjico Máxico to Político
Sampling Media

Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste

Oxford University Press

In the case of the Mexican Institute of Sound (IMS), a musical project led by Camilo Lara, sampling has resulted in a series of recordings with challenging views of national identity’s relationship to modernity. In 2006, IMS debuted with México Máxico, eventually evolving—through Piñata (2007), Soy Sauce (2009), and Suave Patria (2010)—into Polìtico (2012), an album critical of the country’s current situation, with a state plagued by corruption and drug kingpins infringing the law left and right. This chapter discusses IMS’s evolution and argues for a particular reading of Mexico’s situation through its recordings. In plain terms, Mexico’s context is so dire that, when cultural actors engage its political and social reality hoping to put forward criticism, they end up commodifying the drug trade as a form of mexicanidad that manages to empower its inhabitants, allowing them the opportunity for a controversial profile within the international community.

Keywords:   Mexico, Mexican Institute of Sound, IMS, Camilo Lara, sampling, nation, identity, drugs, violence, PRI

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