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Audioscapes: Interpreting Nationalistic Perspectives Through Transnational Death Metal (Band: Brujeria) [abstract only]

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dc.contributor.author Mena, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-02T14:13:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-02T14:13:55Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/15537
dc.description.abstract The California-based Mexican-American “activist” metal band Brujeria, uses a powerful, yet conflicting, blend of nihilism, anarchism, and racism with a dose of hyper-patriotism in its attempt to convey the voice of oppressed Mexicans on both sides of the border. My research on this band has revealed a peculiar concentration of live performances along the U.S.-Mexico border. While it is uncertain whether or not Brujeria is intentionally political, their live performances and song lyrics are highly critical of both the U.S. and Mexico regarding immigration policy, border-crossing, and other issues which have resonated among the binational youth of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico (locally referred to as “border kids”). In this paper I explore the conflicting notions of space, performativity, binationality and U.S. Mexico relations within the context of Brujeria performances in the South Texas Borderlands. As a participant/observer of the South Texas Death Metal scene, I have witnessed the emotional impact that Brujeria has on border kids. This audience is deeply confused about its social identity, and Brujeria appear to have developed a devoted following by tapping into the emotions of such a volatile binational youth audience. While on the surface, it might appear that Brujeria’s primary ambition is to prey on such a young and influential audience, I argue that Brujeria promotes and nurtures a new form of bicultural and biracial pride among the border kids that might be considered in response to a long history of exploitation and oppression of Mexicans in the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Latin American Music Center en_US
dc.subject Cultural en_US
dc.subject Conferencia en_US
dc.subject Cultural Counterpoints en_US
dc.subject Interactions en_US
dc.subject Latin America en_US
dc.subject Latin American Music Center en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Musical en_US
dc.subject Música en_US
dc.subject Música Latinoamericana en_US
dc.subject United States en_US
dc.subject Fiftieth Anniversary en_US
dc.subject 50th anniversary en_US
dc.subject Death Metal en_US
dc.subject Brujeria en_US
dc.subject Mexico en_US
dc.subject Transnational en_US
dc.title Audioscapes: Interpreting Nationalistic Perspectives Through Transnational Death Metal (Band: Brujeria) [abstract only] en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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