This essay focuses on the contemporary migrant musical practices of mobile Mexican DJ sound systems, or sonidos. Operating on both sides of the US-Mexico border, sonidos use the DJ mix as a form of musical communication and community that both moves between the United States and Mexico and plays a role in shaping cross-border migrant politics and activism through what the essay explores as the “aesthetics of allá.”
Allá in the Mix: Mexican Sonideros and the Musical Politics of Migrancy
Josh Kun is associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (2005); Songs in the Key of Los Angeles (2013); and To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City (2015).
Josh Kun; Allá in the Mix: Mexican Sonideros and the Musical Politics of Migrancy. Public Culture 1 September 2015; 27 (3 (77)): 533–555. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2896219
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