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5 - From the Island to Global Stages

Dominican Bachata on the Move

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2022

Nanette de Jong
University of Newcastle
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This chapter follows the bachata from its earliest beginnings in Dominican Republic to its current position on the global stage, specifically investigating what happens when a music – made by and for local, rural audiences – crosses geographic borders and is suddenly performed by and for global, urban audiences; and what occurs when a music traditionally tied to place-specific experiences suddenly assumes contrasting positions of meaning.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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