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Latin American Music: Modernisation, Migrations & Mythology


Tue 15 Oct 2019, 5:45pm–7:00pm

Where: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Our Changing World public lecture series.

For centuries, Latin American music has been moving bodies on dance floors across oceans, city limits, borders and walls. It took millions of European immigrants for tango (it takes two) to come into being. Millions poured into Mexico City to produce romantic and revolutionary ballads, and a wave of Latin American immigrants got New Yorkers moving to the rhythm of salsa.

Other music styles, such as Cuban Trova and rock, are all part of the story surrounding some of the different moves – and mythologies – behind the transforming power of Latin American music.

Presenter bio: Associate Professor Leonel Alvarado is an award-winning poet who heads the Spanish and Portuguese Programmes at Massey University and teaches Latin American music, literature and travel writing. Among his books are Driving with Neruda to the Fish ‘n’ Chips and El lirismo patriótico centroamericano: himnos, nacionalismo e identidad.

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