The Sonic Geographic of Anti-Border Music, sponsored by the Latinx Sound Cultures Studies Research Group

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Event Location: 

  • Zoom Conference

Event Price: 


  • Zoom Event
  • Webinar

About the Speakers: 

Dr. Roberto D. Hernandez (Xicano) is an Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University and is an actively engaged, community-based researcher, scholar, teacher, and writer. He co-edited the anthology Decolonizing the Westernized University: Interventions in Philosophy of Education from Within and Without, and is the author of Coloniality of the U.S.///Mexico Border: Power, Violence, and the Decolonial Imperative.

Yaotl Mazahua is the lead singer of L.A.-based baned Aztlan Underground. Aztlan Underground is a fusion band form Los Angeles. Since the early 1990s, Aztlan Underground has played rapcore. Indigenous drums, flutes, and rattles are commonplace in its musical compositions. This unique sound is the backdrop for the band's message of dignity for indigenous people, all of humanity, and earth.

In discussion is the short documentary "Aztlan Unearthed", which can be viewed in the link below.

Organized by Kristian Vasquez, one of the graduate students of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, the webinar "The Sonic Geographies of Anti-Border Music" is part of Kristian's participation in the Latinx Sound Cultures Studies Research Group. The group is supported by teh Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative based at the University of Illinois, Chicago, which is generously funded by teh Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.