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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031403

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.001.0001

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Exploring Peruvian Music in Miami

Exploring Peruvian Music in Miami

(p.67) Exploring Peruvian Music in Miami
The Florida Folklife Reader

Martha Ellen Davis

University Press of Mississippi

Peruvians are among the many immigrant groups in Miami, and include upper- and middle-class as well as lower-class and rural-derived people. For the Peruvian community, music is not only a fundamental symbol of identity, but also an antidote and a response to crisis, and sometimes a business. This chapter investigates Peruvian music and its function in the community. It discusses the Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s South American Traditions Project, launched in the summer of 2001 to document the traditions of selected South American communities “making history” in present-day Miami-Dade: Colombians, Peruvians, and Venezuelans. The chapter looks at South America’s political and cultural boundaries, Miami’s dialectical musical relationship with Peru, the reconstruction of Peru in Miami, Peruvians’ regional identities and social organization, and venues for the performance of Peruvian music. It concludes by considering initiatives to promote Peruvian folk arts in Miami.

Keywords:   music, Peruvians, Miami, Southern Florida, South American Traditions, Colombians, Venezuelans, Peru, social organization, folk arts

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