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Rhythms of Revolution: A Cold War History of Cuban-Chilean Cultural Exchange and Political Transformation

May 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Rhythms of Revolution,” is a sociocultural history of Latin American radical cultural politics, as experienced through music, from the Cuban Revolution of 1959 until the defeat of revolutionary-left horizons in the 1980s. The project investigates how Cuba contributed to an anti-imperialist leftist cultural sphere throughout the Americas, using music to export revolution. “Rhythms of Revolution” is Kimiko Nicole’s efforts to understand the impact and significance of Latin America’s song movements by highlighting the ways transnational networks of musicians and insurgents developed. Uniting Cuba and its hemispheric neighbors, she explores the extent to which Movimiento de Nueva Trova and Nueva Canción Chilena animated the politics of the socialist Left during Latin America’s Cold War.