6 Afro-Latino Songs to Celebrate Black History Month

Ismael-RiveraThe Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section posted 6 Afro-Latino Songs to Celebrate Black History Month with music videos for our enjoyment! Among them are the late Puerto Rican legend Ismael Rivera (shown above), singing “Las caras lindas de mi gente negra;” Brazilian Jorge Ben; Colombian salsa singer Joe Arroyo; my favorite Afro-Colombian group Choc Quib Town; Cuban musician Arsenio Rodríguez with “Bruca manigua;” and the iconic Cuban group Los Van Van performing “Soy todo.” Here is the complete article with a link to the original and the music videos.

Black history month is here — and though it may be a U.S. celebration, the United States isn’t the only country in the Americas with black achievements and cultural contributions to commemorate.

While many people in the United States view Latinos as a race, the societies of Latin America are multicultural and multiracial. More people of African descent live in Brazil than any country in the world besides Nigeria. Another 8 million African-descended people live in Colombia, and millions more in the Caribbean countries of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Panama and elsewhere.

As Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. told Latina.com, “The real Black Experience, in terms of numbers, is all throughout the Caribbean and Latin America… There were 11.2 million Africans who came to the New World in the slave trade and of that 11.2 million, only 450,000 came to the United States.”

So, to kick the month off, here’s six songs from Ismael Rodríguez [sic], Jorge Ben, Joe Arroyo, Choc Quib Town, Arsenio Rodríguez and Los Van Van that celebrate the black experience in Latin America. Enjoy!

For full article, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/6-afro-latino-songs-to-celebrate-black-history-month_n_2601887.html#slide=2053371

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