KJCC partnered with WNYU (NYU’s radio station) to launch a series of conversations that delved into the complex stories behind music, lyric, and performance. Organized by Casilda García Lorca (KJCC advisory committee member, undergraduate at NYU, and DJ for the weekly radio program Atlántica), the series began with invited guest Pepa Anastasio (Hostra University) for a discussion about gender and female empowerment in Copla, a musical genre from Spain that was highly popular from the 1930s through the 1950s. Due to its propagandistic use during the Francoist regime, the genre has been retrospectively associated with the dictatorship’s values. This program questioned inherited notions of Copla to show that behind the stories and lyrics of the female performers, a different and opposing female reality emerged. Despite censorship, Copla gave voice to the condemned and ostracized individuals, whose stories ran contrary to the regime’s morals. Copla makes audible the silent pain of Spain’s postwar.
About the host:
Casilda García López is a senior at the Film & TV program at Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Spanish and BEMT (Business for Entertainment, Media and Technology.) García López has a profound passion for Spanish-speaking music and cultures, and has received two DURF Research Grants to investigate the musical evolution in the Iberian Peninsula (from cuplé to trap 1926-2020) – her findings are shared in her WNYU radio show and writings. In 2019, she won Madrid’s León Felipe Youth Poetry Award and her poems can be found in the M-21 magazine or Esferas Journal.
About the guest:
Pepa Anastasio is professor at Hofstra University in New York, where she teaches courses on literature, gender, and cultural studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the LGBTQ+ Studies program. Her research centers on cultural practices in Spain, with a focus on popular musical practices in the 20th and 21st centuries.