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Timba in Drag: Alida Cervantes

art, By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Cultural production, Gender & sexuality Add comments

It is not so common for heterosexual women to dress in drag, as men, and mock gender stereotypes.  Not in the Cuban context. That is not to say that macho men mannerisms are not the objects of jokes and comic skits, like The Pichy boys do -to just name one example among many;  (some of their videos, aired at Miami’s canal 41, are on youtube and are hilarious. But Alida Cervantes, a San Diego-based, Tijuana-native, painter and an MFA candidate at UCSD, has a discourse about it that goes beyond the mere mockery and seeks to expose male domination and subvert Cuban -and Latin- machismo.  She does not propose to transcend the biologies of gender nor their social value -hers is not a queer performance. What she seeks is to destabilize the cultural associations that are attached to the male-female opposition in Latin societies. Alida is intimately acquainted with Afro-Cuban culture, partly via her life partner Silfredo La O Vigo, who is a supporting character in her “El Puro” series, pa’ que luego no digan de los hombres cubanos. She directly confronts the expectations surrounding heterosexual and interracial erotic desires by performing the various characters that conform this gendered universe. She dresses in drag and impersonates timba stars who, in turn, have made a career out of  glorifying their hyper machismo. She also takes on the role of the sexually voracious woman demanded by the macho man.

Alida uses play back to perform some of their most popular dance numbers, which, at the same time, she makes into video pieces. Here are two examples. In the first, she is performing Manolito y su Trabuco’s Te Dejo Libre, a song about a woman who, left by the man, will remain a spinster. In the second video, she performs all the characters, male and female, in a song by NG La Banda.

4 Responses to “Timba in Drag: Alida Cervantes”

  1. Joaquin Badajoz Says:

    Could be a new trend. Have you seen Mariah Carey Obsessed official video?
    http://vodpod.com/watch/1912983-mariah-carey-obsessed-official-music-video.
    And what about Holly Brubach book about drag-queens and “drag-kings” ?
    http://www.amazon.com/Girlfriend-Women-Drag-Holly-Brubach/dp/0679414436
    It’s very interesting.

  2. Sidney Lingle Says:

    el puro le invito a mi in vitro

    no homo besitos <3<3

  3. Gris Marquez Says:

    mira que chevere esta el asuntico! jaja besos pal’ puro!

  4. robert fernandez Says:

    She’s good….she needs a record deal!…..

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