Dance Music - The Multicultural Story Cumbia

8/6/2023; 39 minutes

Filmmakers Joyce García and Alvaro Parra join moderator Alexandra Lippman to discuss their two documentaries on cumbia sonidera, or Colombia-inspired dance music, in Mexico City and Los Angeles, "Yo No Soy Guapo" and "Sonidero Metropolis." They explore the cultural significance of the sonidero in shaping regional music scenes and tastes, as well as the impacts of migration patterns, diasporic experiences, and technological and generational changes in transforming cumbia culture. They also share their insights on the experiences and difficulties in documenting the protagonists of their films, and the surprising lives those figures lead both professionally and personally. Recorded on 04/11/2023. (#38944)

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