In the reading titled “Zapateado Afro-Chicana Fandango Style” by Martha Gonzalez, I really found it interesting given I have never heard of the Zapateado which is percussive dancing on wooden platform. It is a form of fandango which I also never heard of and thought to have begun in Spain around the seventeenth century as a dance of courtship. I really liked how the author told us about the hardships her family faced and that it didn’t seem to stop her from using her musicality especially when her and her brother were considered to be “gifted” and allowed to perform ballet even though she didn’t have the grades or the academic skills to do so. She even took up miming which you don’t hear much of especially coming from her background. It didn’t seem like a route she would take but she loved the way it tells a story without saying anything which is actually a cool way of putting it.

 

In the reading “Quetzal Imaginaries” by Russell Rodriguez, I learned that Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians and they are joined with the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of Chicanos and Chicanas. Martha Gonzalez as I mentioned above happens to be the lead singer, percussionist, and song writer. What was interesting about them is that they emerged at such a controversial time with the Rodney King beating, the 1994 Proposition 187 Campaign, and the repercussive reach of the Zapatista insurrection in Mexico. These events gave way for expression of culture such as music and public art which emerged to give people who are minorities a voice. That is what is so great about music is that it has the power to reach people who don’t have a voice and give them hope and inspire them.

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