Q:You're saying something worth saying, but I think it's a problem the way you seem to be eliding the substantial differences between America and the rest of the Anglosphere. i.e: Latino culture is highly salient in the US, but that's no reason to suppose it's particularly relevant to pop critics outside the US. Which doesn't mean it's unimportant or uninteresting, nor that we shouldn't discuss it, but it does mean our reaction is independent to the specific ethnic make-up of the US population.
My assumption, probably faulty, is that non-US Anglophone listeners tend to take their cues on Latin music from the US. (The primary exception being the UK’s generalized experience of holidays in Spain, which often seems to override any knowledge of Latin American music at all.)
But you’re right about the salience; similar to the way I’m politely interested in but not particularly engaged with dancehall, banghra, etc., which have a lot more impact in the UK. Which I feel slightly guilty about — but it is, of course, a bigger world than any of us can cope with at once.
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- screwrocknroll said: Yes and no, in a way I’d probably have to go on and on about in a very boring way to clarify. But sometimes it’s easy: I don’t think non-USians read eg Colombian natives through the frame of a US immigrant population. We have other reference points.
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