The Roots of Reggaeton with Wayne Marshall

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Wednesday / March 4, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Immersive Technology Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
United States
Wayne Marshall
Wayne Marshall
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Wayne Marshall will discuss the history of reggaeton, from its roots in Jamaican and Panamanian reggae to the genre's transformation in Puerto Rico's hip-hop scene and circulation across Latin America and the world. Connecting musical aesthetics to intense debates about race, nation, and gender, Marshall will demonstrate how the shapes and forms of reggaeton have changed over the years, highlighting the ways that Spanish-language rap over Afro-Caribbean rhythms have underpinned a remarkable cultural and economic youth movement. 
Marshall's research and teaching focus on the popular and dance music of the Americas and the world, Afro-diasporic cultural politics, musical publics, and media technologies. He teaches music history courses in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music and the Harvard Extension School. A self-described techno-musicologist, Marshall authors a blog and has written numerous articles and one "genuine, physical book."
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