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A cry for Palestine: vocal practice and imaginaries of Palestinian-ness among Chilean football supporters of Club Deportivo Palestino
Ethnomusicology Forum  (IF),  Pub Date : 2021-07-02, DOI: 10.1080/17411912.2021.1939754
Luis Achondo

ABSTRACT

Palestino is a football team founded by Palestinian immigrants in Chile in 1916. This article examines how a group of Palestino supporters with no Palestinian heritage understand their sonic practices of football fandom. I argue that they conceptualise their vocalisations as indexing an imaginary wherein the Palestinian experience in the Middle East is marked by struggle and resilience. Disjunctive pro-Palestine images have led them to imagine the feeling of resistance that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must stir up among Palestinians abroad – an experience they seek to ground in their vocalisations in order to sonically dominate rivals, cheer for Palestino, and express solidarity with and raise awareness about Palestine. In addition to foregrounding the potentials and constraints of sounds that are not overtly political, the article demonstrates the affordances of vocal expressions to bundle transnational elements with local practices and inhabit the resulting imaginative space via performance.