The Complex Geography of Salsa Music: Culture, Nation, and Migration

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Nunemaker Auditorium at Loyola University New Orleans, Dr. Angel Quintero-Rivera explored the historical, sociological, and cultural aspects behind one of the most exciting cultural expressions in the Americas, Salsa Music.  Dr. Rivera, one of the most respected specialists in Salsa Music is a Professor at the Social Science Research Center at the University of Puerto Rico and has published extensivly on the historical socology of Caribbean socieites, especially Puerto Rico.  

During the presentation, Dr. Rivera gave a history of the deep and complex roots that run through Salsa, originating with Puerto Ricans who immigrated to New York in the 1960s and spreading quickly throughout areas of the U.S., Caribbean, and Central America. Today this joyful musical rhythm connects the Caribbean to the U.S., Central and South America, and even parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The event was made possible by Dr. Leopoldo Tablante from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.