ICS Lecture— Luis “El Terror” Días: Counterculture and resistance music


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture: “Luis ‘El Terror’ Días: Música de contracultura y resistencia en el Caribe” [Luis ‘The Terror’ Días: Counterculture and resistance music in the Caribbean] by musician and composer Alí Tapia Vallés (Puerto Rico). He will be accompanied by cuatro player Jesús M. Rivera Andino.  The activity will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Luis “El Terror” Días, Dominican singer-songwriter and musician, creator of the contestatory verses to the “mainstream” radio medium, constructed an alternative discursive musical language and cultural resistance to the Dominican national project instituted from the framework of hegemonic power. Framed in the political boom and the phenomenon of counterculture during the convulsive era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, he developed, along with an entire generation, a musical expression that challenged the notions of “dominicanidad” [Dominicanness] defined by the cultural elites. Thus, he broke with the defining contours of that nineteenth-century vision, challenging the very structures of power of Trujillo’s continuity represented in the figure of Joaquín Balaguer. He called that struggle “la lucha sonora,” the “sound struggle.”

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Río Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu


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