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Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific

Michael Birenbaum Quintero


Colombia has the largest black population in the Spanish-speaking world, but Afro-Colombians have long remained at the nation’s margins. Their recent irruption into the political, social, and cultural spheres is tied to appeals to cultural difference, dramatized by the traditional music of Colombia’s majority-black Southern Pacific region, often called currulao. Yet that music remains largely unknown and unstudied despite its complexity, aesthetic appeal, and social importance. Rites, Rights & Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia’s Black Pacific is the first book-length academic ... More

Keywords: Afro-Colombians, currulao, black music, Colombia, multiculturalism, folklore, ethnomusicology, history, race in Latin America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199913923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199913923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Birenbaum Quintero, author
Assistant Professor of Music, Bowdoin College