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Broadcasting and Building Publics

Broadcasting and Building Publics

(p.128) 5 Broadcasting and Building Publics
Making Music Indigenous
Joshua Tucker
University of Chicago Press

"Broadcasting and Building Publics" traces the changing nature of chimaycha music after the turn of the 21st century, focusing especially on the role of Radio Quispillaccta, a Quechua-language radio station located in the city of Ayacucho that was pivotal in popularizing the style beyond its initial audience base. Closely associated with an activist agronomic NGO called ABA (Asociación Bartolomé Aripaylla), the station's priorities, and the language of its broadcasts, are heavily influenced by the ideologies of indigenous vitalization that the founders of both institutions hold dear. Founded and operated in order to provide Quechua-speaking communities with an otherwise-absent voice on the local airwaves, Radio Quispillaccta also indelibly linked the chimaycha music that it broadcast to emergent ideas of Quechua identity and political activism. However, in the course of popularizing chimaycha music, the station also gave rise to new, self-consciously "modernized" forms of chimaycha, thereby helping to stage the emergence of an urban indigenous identity that departed from the station's traditionalist mission. As such the chapter treats the station as a significant site in which different visions of indigenous musical culture came to contend for listener approval, and as a central forum for debating the nature of local indigeneity itself.

Keywords:   Peru, Music, Quechua, Radio, Andes, Indigenous Peoples

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