Guest Post Omar Ruiz(Musik – Kolonialismus–Identität)

Today I bring one of our first guest post and a book that I’m dying to read. This book is currently in German and aptly titled Music – Colonialism – Identity. I can’t wait for it to be translated into English or Spanish.

What role did violinist José Figueroa Sanabia play in the assertion of national identity within Puerto Rico’s colonial context? Omar Ruiz Vega addresses this question and highlights important characteristics of the americanization process imposed by the US-American government in the island during the first half of the 20th century. He also shows central aspects of the classical music scene in Puerto Rico, Paris and New York and offers a valuable reflection on how specific historical, socio-political and cultural conditions can affect music reception.


Omar Ruiz Vega is from Aguada, Puerto Rico. He has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Cologne and a Master’s Degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin. Prior to that he graduated with a Bachelor of Art in History from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. In 2015 he co-founded the company Expertours Puerto Rico which specializes in offering educational guided tours about the music history of the island.


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