Dr. Kevin Delgado

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School Director
Associate Professor of Music



Primary Email: [email protected]


Primary Phone: 619-594-6045
Fax: 619-594-1692


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Kevin M. Delgado is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of World Music and Ethnomusicology at San Diego State University. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. Delgado earned a B.M. degree in jazz performance from San Diego State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1996, Delgado has traveled to Cuba eleven times to conduct research on Afro-Cuban music, religion, and culture.

His essays have appeared in Black Music Research Journal, Cuba in the Special Period: Culture and Ideology in the 1990s (Palgrave-MacMillan), Resiliency and Distinction: Belief, Endurance and Creativity in the Musical Arts of Continental and Diasporic Africa (MRI), Speaking with Wood: Transatlantic Perspectives on Ayan and Drumming for the Orisa (Mississippi), Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism (Florida), Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, and A Contracorriente. Delgado has also contributed entries on Latin Jazz and Latin American Music to the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and ABC-Clio’s World History Encyclopedia.

Delgado teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on a wide variety of topics covering the music of the world and the intersection between music, culture, politics, identity, history, and technology.

As a bass guitarist and percussionist, Delgado has shared the stage with Justo Almario, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, Sergio Mendes, Allan Phillips, Cliff Almond, Peter Sprague, Jaime Valle, Gilbert Castellanos, Gene Perry, and Michael Spiro, among others. Delgado has directed student Latin jazz and Latin percussion ensembles, and in 2004 he co-directed a faculty/student jazz ensemble on a U.S. State Department tour of Bolivia.

Delgado is also Associated Faculty at the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at SDSU.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BM, San Diego State University