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De Kinshasa à Cartagena, en passant par Paris : itinéraires d'une « musique noire », la champeta

Abstract : Champeta is an urban, modern and commercial music, the African origin of which is both imagined and stigmatized. Born in Congo, associated with the Caribbean, also processed in Paris, it expresses a globalized world, though it is strongly identified with the town of Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Champeta music circulates through multiple geographical, social, cultural and symbolic universes. Through these diverse itineraries and through a process of relocalization, this music reflects the different faces of “black music”, from aesthetic folklore to world music, between authenticity and mestizaje. Champeta highlights contemporary issues on Afro-Caribbean cultures in America: the naturalization and the stigmatization of difference, the ambiguity of the relation with Africa, the projection in an imagined diaspora. Through the practices and discourses of three characters, all of them cultural brokers and bearers of cross-cultural projects, this article tries to understand the mechanisms through which music is appropriated, transformed and adapted according to supposed expectations of a local and global public, eventually constructing symbolic and normative ethnic-racial universes.
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Elisabeth Cunin. De Kinshasa à Cartagena, en passant par Paris : itinéraires d'une « musique noire », la champeta. Civilisations - revue internationale d'Antropologie et de sciences humaines, Université Libre de Bruxelles 2005, vol. LIII (1-2), pp.97-117. ⟨halshs-00288435⟩



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