Cristian Alarcón
is the author of Si me querés, quereme transa, a book about the inter-
nal war of Peruvian drug dealers in Buenos Aires, and Cuando me muera quiero que me
toquen cumbia (2003). He is the academic director of the program Narcotráfico, Ciu-
dad y Violencia en América Latina, created by FnPi and the Open Society Institute;
the coordinator of the Latin American website of judicial journalism, Cosecha Roja;
and the editor of the program on gang chronicles created by the Coalición Centro-
americana para la Prevención de la Violencia Juvenil in Guatemala, Honduras, El
Salvador, and Nicaragua. He is a professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata
and has written articles for the Argentine newspapers Página/12 and Crítica and the
magazines Rolling Stone, Gatopardo, Soho, Lateral, and Planeta Humano. Recently he
received the Samuel Chavkin Award granted by the North American Congress of
Latin America.
Jorge Arévalo Mateus
has been the head archivist and curator of the Woody Guthrie
Archives since 1995, overseeing the administration, management, and development
of the Woody Guthrie Collection. For nearly twenty years, Arévalo has provided con-
sultation services to numerous museums, libraries, archives, and historical organiza-
tions, including the Louis Armstrong House and Archives, Queens College; the Alan
Lomax Archives at Hunter College, City University of New York; the raiCes Archives
of Latin Music at Boy’s Harbor, Inc.; and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
He is currently in residence at Wesleyan University, where he works with the World
Music Archives and the Music Department. As a popular music scholar, Arévalo has
published numerous essays, articles, and reviews in academic and popular journals,
edited volumes, and other publications, such as New York Archives Magazine, Ethno-
musicology, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Centro, the Journal of Puerto Rican
Studies. In his musical life, he has toured, performed, and recorded with an eclectic
variety of artists that include the composers Jeffrey Lohn, Rhys Chatham, Anthony
Braxton, Guillermo Gregorio, and Peter Kotik and the choreographers Karole Armi-
tage, Donald Byrd, and Jody Oberfelder.
Leonardo D’Amico
is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Ferrara
and of anthropology of music at the University of Siena. He is an ethnomusicologist
with a research specialization in Afro- Colombian music and sub- Saharan Africa. He
has written La música afrocolombiana (2002) and Musica dell’Africa Nera (2004), co-
authored with Andrew Kaye, and edited Folk Music Atlas: Music of Africa (1997) and
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