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Expressing "Paraguayidad": Rolando Chaparro and Rock Music Culture in Paraguay

Krüger, S Expressing "Paraguayidad": Rolando Chaparro and Rock Music Culture in Paraguay. Popular Music and Society. ISSN 1740-1712 (Submitted)

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Abstract

In Paraguay today, certain traditional and popular musical styles evoke, reflect and shape paraguayidad (Paraguyan-ness) and Paraguayan identity. Yet during my research in 2011, I found that paraguayidad is also expressed in other musics and musical instrumentation, notably the guitar, which is used in much popularised contemporary music like rock, pop, jazz and singer-songwriter genres. Even so, little, if nothing, has been written in the academic literatures about Paraguay’s contemporary guitar music cultures, which usually focus on the life and music of classical composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944). For instance, today’s most prominent rock guitarist, Rolando Chaparro, is well-known to most Paraguayans and rock music fans across South America, even though little known in the West. Rolando, like many musicians whom I met, expressed a strong sense of paraguayidad alongside a desire to adopt to Western rock music idioms, which he sought to express variously in his numerous and diverse recordings and live performances. This is the focus of this article, in which I wish to explore expressions of paraguayidad in the fusion music of rock guitarist Rolando Chaparro.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 09:20
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 09:20
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2084

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