Creating a Crisis: The Intersectionality of Border Militarization and the Fandango Fronterizo

Alexandro D. Hernandez (California State University, Dominguez Hills)

The fandango is the central community music practice of son jarocho from southern Veracruz, México. Fandangos as community and protest music developed into organizing the Fandango Fronterizo, a gathering of practitioners from México and the U.S. at the border wall dividing Tijuana– San Diego. Increased militarization on the U.S.-México border has compromised the spirit of the Fandango Fronterizo. Furthermore, the narrative of “border crisis” focused on Black and Indigenous migrants underscores structural racism at the militarized southern border. This presentation will focus on ethnographic findings regarding punitive anti-immigrant policy and how this affects the Fandango Fronterizo.

Part of 04-05 Roots and Routes: Political and Cultural Borders in Latin American Music-Making, Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am