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Success and Sentiment

Success and Sentiment

(p.155) 6 Success and Sentiment
Making Music Indigenous
Joshua Tucker
University of Chicago Press

"Success and Sentiment" describes the system that came to organize the performance and consumption of chimaycha music in the city of Ayacucho over the 2010s. It centers on "modernized" chimaycha, which borrowed heavily from the "tropical" dance music and commercial huayno that dominated Peruvian airwaves in the early 21st century. It shows how artists performing such music provided spaces within which audiences might show their connection to new discourses about Peruvian modernity, even as they affirmed their collective sense of difference as indigenous citizens. The chapter focuses in particular on live performance rather than lyrics or textual analysis, arguing that the meaning of chimaycha music cannot be understood without accounting for the genre's connections to alcohol use and emotional release, each of which is central to the weekly live shows where the music is mostly consumed. Such shows are organized so as to provide listeners with the experience of ecstatic sadness, and the experience of having that sadness recognized, with alcohol and songs of shared pain functioning as means to that end. As such the chapter explores relations between emotion, sound, and emergent indigenous identity that cannot be teased out from textual analysis alone.

Keywords:   Peru, Music, Quechua, Emotion, Alcohol, Indigenous Peoples

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