The Politics of Music in a Changing Latin America: Brazil, Haiti and Cuba

Lead researcher: Kjetil Klette Bøhler, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

The primary objective of this project is to generate new knowledge of how popular music contributes to participatory democracy and contest state politics in todays Latin America. It also includes three related secondary objectives:

i) To improve our understanding of the role of popular music in presidential campaigns in young democracies with a strong popular music tradition, drawing on case study from Haiti.

ii) To gain insight into the role of popular music in the production, preservation, and development of sociopolitical protest movement through case study from Brazil.

iii) To examine whether popular music provides a means of expressing and spreading political critique that eludes censorship in Cuba.

By investigating the ways in which popular music influence presidential elections in, impacts sociopolitical protest movements and allows musicians to criticize a totalitarian regimes it will contribute significantly to existing knowledge on the politics of popular music.


  • Research staff in Norway:

  • Partners abroad:

  • Geographic focus:

  • Project period:
    Nov 2015 – 2019
  • Funding:
    The Research Council of Norway, FRIPRO, HUMSAM


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Published Feb. 24, 2015 9:57 AM - Last modified Apr. 5, 2019 12:00 PM