Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay: Los Gauchos De Roldán

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay: Los Gauchos De Roldán

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Button Accordion and Bandoneón Music from Northern Uruguay: Los Gauchos de Roldán. 2011. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40561. Engineered by Pete Reiniger. Annotated by José Curbelo. Produced by José Curbelo and Daniel E. Sheehy. 40-page booklet with notes in English and Spanish. Spanish translation by José Curbelo. Colour and b/w photographs, map, bibliography. CD, 19 tracks (55:10). Recorded at Sondor Studio, Montevideo.

This lively recording features nineteen tracks representing a variety of folkloric genres from northern Uruguay, including polca, chotis, maxixa, milonga, and habanera, among others. Like most folkloric music in the Southern Cone, these forms are at once both inextricably situated in local musical contexts and profoundly cosmopolitan, with micro-regional stylistic details developing in forms that are clearly the product of the larger ruptures and displacements of modernity-from the wave of European immigration to Uruguay in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the earlier traffic in enslaved Africans and the broader colonial encounter in Latin America. …

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