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Songs of Resistance in Twenty-First Century Nicaragua: Mi Papá Tenia un Terreno y un Rico se lo Quitó

Authors: Matthew Taylor*, University Of Denver
Topics: Latin America, Cultural Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Nicaragua, protest songs, Los Mejía Godoy
Session Type: Paper
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Many non-Nicaraguans own land along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. This land, however, was previously owned by Nicaraguan peasant farmers. When these now landless farmers gather to celebrate events like birthdays or national holidays, they often recount their recent history in songs that convey their perspective of foreign and Nicaraguan elite ownership of their land. I place this recounting of recent history within the tradition of protest song in Nicaragua popularized by musical band “Los Mejía Godoy,” as well as oral story-telling traditions in rural Nicaragua.

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