The Clave Chronicles

Women and feminism in salsa, from Celia to La India

September 20, 2023
The Clave Chronicles
Women and feminism in salsa, from Celia to La India
Show Notes

Esteemed scholar of Latino/a popular culture and identity  Frances Aparicio joins Rebecca to speak about the most significant women in salsa, beginning with the Queen herself, Celia Cruz. We talk about the many struggles female salsa musicians have faced in the music industry over the decades and the different strategies they've used to speak/sing back to the patriarchy and claim space.

Songs played:
Yerbero Moderno, Celia Cruz with La Sonora Matancera
Burundanga, Celia Cruz with La Sonora Matancera
Puro Teatro, La Lupe
Usted Abusó, Celia Cruz and Willie Colón
La Voz de la Experiencia, Celia Cruz and La India
Que Manera de Quererte, Albita
Basta, Choco Orta


An amazing clip of La Lupe on the Dick Cavett show, 1973
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wCPNvP2osg

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Intro and outro music: "Bengo Latino," Jimmy Fontanez/Media Right Productions

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