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    Land of winds > Recommended readings > Recommended readings | Issue 19 (May.-Jun. 2014)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza
Fusión peruana

Kimberly A. Dodge
Fusion Peruana: Contemporary Peruvian Musical Hybrids
(San Diego: University of California/ProQuest, 2008)
Illustr. – 133 pp.

This thesis (Master on Arts in Latin American Studies, University California) discusses popular Peruvian musical hybrids. It presents an overview of the major conceptual tools used to evaluate cultural mixing, including hybridization, transculturation, and mestizaje, and important theories in Latin American musical and cultural analysis, particularly with regards to national identity. Next, it identifies and analyzes Peruvian musical history within the past century, focusing on the hybridization of national genres with international forms. It describes the vals criollo, highlands genres including the huayno, the Afro-Peruvian revival, musica chicha, fusion styles from the 1980s and 1990s, and techno-cumbia, and discusses their connection with local, regional, and national identity projects. Finally, this thesis focuses on contemporary musical fusions, analyzing the musical hybrids produced by Miki Gonzalez, Novalima, Jaime Cuadra, Angel Lobaton, and Jean Pierre Magnet. It evaluates how these projects modernize Peruvian musical heritage, educate later generations on these traditions, represent elite visions of society, and are relevant to the development of an inclusive Peruvian identity.

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