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“Songs in an Andalusian Key: Musical Style, Identity Politics, and Andalusian Nostalgia in Pop Music from Spain, North Africa and Israel”: A Lecture by Lourdes Alvarez, 9/21/06

September 21, 2007IASEvents0

Mediterranean fusion musical styles have become a staple of the world-beat genre, ranging from flamenco arabe, “trip-hop,” “trip-rai,” and “raga-swirl” to pop hits. A surprising number of the artists explicitly invoke an idealized Islamic Spain in which songs were shared among Muslims, Christians and Jews. Lourdes Alvarez will explore how these hybrid musical styles pose larger questions of history and shared memory and the construction of cultural identity in the face of globalization and multinational marketing. Are these references to al-Andalus/Andalusia simply part of a wider celebration of musical fusion and experimentation characteristic of today’s pop music or is something much deeper at stake? Lourdes Alvarez is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America. Cosponsored by The Center for Jewish Studies, The Center for Medieval Studies, The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Hillel: The Jewish Student Center.

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