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Buhoneros' reggaetn: Emerging Venezuelan musical practices through mediations in the informal sociopolitical ecosystem

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Abstract:

The following article explores the musical practices and communicating mediations carried out in each stage of the music industry's value chain in Venezuela, in order to observe the way those mediations influence the actors involved, determining the elements that both interact and define the Venezuelan's musical identity taking reggaetn (very broadly speaking, reggaetn is a Latinized derivative of Jamaican reggae, originating in Puerto Rico, via an interpretation of Panamanian reggae) as a case study. With this purpose, the research has used some empirical data and qualitative techniques, such as participants' observation, interviews and netnography, as well as quantitative data obtained from the main statistical sources in the country. After establishing the state of the art, the study raises a number of questions to be discussed: (a) the features reaffirmed through a transculturalization process mainly led by reggaetn in the Venezuelan's musical identity; (b) the creative uses the consumer has given to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in order to participate in the new communicating dynamics on the Internet; and (c) the effects that content appropriations, mainly encouraged by the habits of the new Internet user or Venezuelan informal commerce, are having in the country's music industry.

Keywords: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; communicating mediations; informal commerce; musical identity; musical practices; sharing; social networks

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/mcp.6.3.295_1

Affiliations: University of Mlaga, Spain.

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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  • The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics is committed to analyzing the politics of communication(s) and cultural processes. It addresses cultural politics in their local, international and global dimensions, recognizing equally the importance of issues defined by their specific cultural geography and those that traverse cultures and nations.
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