How Lima’s Sonic Landscapes Are Shaped by Afro-Peruvian Women | Roxana Escobar Ñañez

Season 1 | Episode 13
1h 10m | Apr 3, 2022

In this episode, I chat again with Roxana Escobar Ñañez. Roxana is pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Geography at the University of Toronto and she was recently one of five special guests on the 12th episode of the podcast. Given her unique research interests, after our last conversation, I decided to invite her to the show again to dive deeper into her work examining 'the places Afro-Peruvian women hold in Lima’s sonic landscapes' and Black womanhood in Latin America and to get a better understanding about how these themes of music, Blackness, and cities emerge in the diaspora. What started off as a discussion of her research turned into a vivid exploration of Lima's history through the lens of Afro-Peruvian music, food, culture, and most importantly Black joy and resilience. 

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • the project of mestizaje and the origins of criollo music and culture in Peru,
  • what are sonic landscapes and how Afro-Peruvian women, in particular, are essential to shaping Lima's vibrant soundscape and unique cultural identity,
  • the key characteristics of Afro-Peruvian music, 
  • additional resources and artists to help you learn more about Afro-Peruvian culture and its impact in Peru,
  • the importance of highlighting Black joy when researching Black histories and geographies,
  • and much more!

Guest: Roxana Escobar Ñañez


This episode is co-sponsored by the University of Toronto School of Cities and the Department of Geography and Planning. 

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