For Black History Month, celebrate Afro-Latino music with Smithsonian Folkways. May thanks to Peter Jordens for suggesting this fascinating selection of music representing Afro-Latino culture by NPR’s Felix Contreras (8 February 2017). The post offers a broad selection of music from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and/or their respective diasporas, with guidance from Folkways curator emeritus Dan Sheehy. Contreras writes:
As part of our celebration of Black History Month and Afro-Latino culture, we turn this week to how the influence of Africa has been interpreted in various Latin and Caribbean cultures. The music of West Africa, where a majority of those enslaved in the Americas came from, was diffused through both an indigenous and Spanish filter to become the distinct sounds and rhythms that we know today.
Cumbia, bachata, mambo and son jarocho are all quite distinct from each other and are still very vibrant expressions of tradition. But, more importantly, they also inform and influence a tidal wave of new expression, mixing with hip-hop, electronic, rock and jazz to form the musical bedrock of Alt.Latino.
In this week’s show, we dive into the vaults of Smithsonian Folkways, the non-profit record label dedicated to American folk traditions of all kinds. Our guide is Folkways curator emeritus Dan Sheehy, who knows a thing or two about Afro-Latino music and culture: He has traveled extensively to produce many of the great recordings in the archive. [. . .]
For full program and more information, go to http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/2017/02/08/513695420/for-black-history-month-celebrate-afro-latino-music-with-smithsonian-folkways