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!

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Guest: Roxana Escobar Ñañez

Roxana Escobar Ñañez is an Afro-Peruvian Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography. She also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.A. in Political Science by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and M.Ed in Social Justice Education from OISE-UofT. Roxana’s research focuses on the places Afro-Peruvian women hold in Lima’s sonic landscapes. With her project, Roxana seeks to contribute to the geographic knowledge production about Black womanhood in Latin America.

Connect with the Roxana

    To learn more about Roxana make sure to follow her on social media and/or tune in to the previous episode of the podcast: Episode 12: An Exploration of Black Excellence in Future Geographers and Planners at the University of Toronto


    • 03:07 | Introduction to Roxana
    • 03:44 | A brief history of Lima's sonic landscapes, criollo music, and the role Afro-Peruvian women in shaping the culture of the city
    • 18:10 | The characteristics of criollo music versus Afro-Peruvian music.
    • 29:00 | The importance of highlighting Black joy when researching Black histories and geographies
    • 47:17 | How Roxana uses family archives, poems, and song lyrics to capture first-hand accounts of the Afro-Peruvian women she is researching
    • 1:01:13 | What can be done to preserve and celebrate the impact that Afro-Peruvian people are having on Lima?
    • 1:05:55 | Afro-Peruvian musicians that Roxana recommends
    • 1:09:07 | How can people get in contact with Roxana

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