Title: Performing Identity and Conviviality: Sonic Constructions of Identity within the Urban Club Scene of London’s Latino(-Diasporic) Youth
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Felix Blake, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Despite being one of the fasting growing groups in the United Kingdom, the cultural production of the Latin diaspora and their successive generations has yet to be thoroughly explored and celebrated by academia. The youth Latinx community in London (c. 18 – 35 years old) are enjoying the emergence of a flourishing urban music scene, in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which privileges contemporary Latino-diasporic identities. The clubbing scene in question, which largely accommodates Latinx youth, contains a convergence of various Latin identities under a broad church of shared racial experience, language, and love for urban music. This talk seeks to introduce the world to the youth Latinx clubbing community in London through the presenter’s ethnographic fieldwork, both in Zoom and in-person interviews, and attendance of live clubbing events alongside members of the Latino-diasporic community. Drawing on sociological research methods of community and ethnographic frameworks, this talk analyses musical and sonic practices in the clubs, as well as interrogating overlapping questions of race, gender, sexuality, corporeality, vocality, and performance in the scene. The talk hopes to show how a relatively small minority community in London adopts sonic and performance traits to forge an identity which situates them within a bustling urban music scene in London and the Latinx diasporic community more broadly.
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