Arts & Culture
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 PROGRAM # 8404 12:00 PM PT Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. The Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones series releases this week an album celebrating the story of women in mariachi music and the groundbreaking role Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has played in this resurgent musical movement. In its nearly 25 years, the all-female […]
Each year, the traditional Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio brings together hundreds of musicians and fans of the popular accordion music from the Texas-Mexico border area.
What is the music of home, when you live on a different continent than your ancestors? And how can we use music to heal the wounds of slavery or migration? A concert in the historic Bayview Opera House in San Francisco explored these questions, by bringing together four music groups with roots on different continents, but who have all made California their home. All of these groups use music to heal… and to connect with other cultures in California. Zaidee Stavely reports this English-language feature.
The Sounds of California in the Bayview Concert was held before a live audience at the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. Musical artists from the Bay Area’s African-American, Vietnamese, Kurdish, and Chicano communities ponder displacement, migration, and creating a new sense of home. The program is hosted by Rhodessa Jones. The first half of […]
(Español) “No debemos dejar que la cultura de nosotros se les olvide a los niños. Allí está uno como padre, y como abuelita… tenemos que ensenar a los niños. Es de puro corazón”.
Last spring, dozens of musicians with roots in the indigenous cultures of southern Mexico met at a prestigious college in California for a “friendly musical battle” between indigenous philharmonic ensembles.
MONDAY, JULY 9 PROGRAM # 8376 12:00 PM PT “Chavela.” The film “Chavela: Trailblazer, Rebel, Icon,” showcases the life of the late ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Born in Costa Rica, Chavela moved at an early age to Mexico City, where during the 1950s broke with Mexican mainstream conventions by dressing in pants, drinking tequila, smoking […]
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 PROGRAM # 8362 12:00 PM PT Vanishing Frontiers. At a time when a rhetoric pushing for border walls and policies and war on immigrants permeate the US airwaves, a social analyst releases a timely book examining the bridges that connect Mexico and the US. The book “Vanishing Frontiers” focuses on the great […]
MONDAY, JUNE 18 PROGRAM # 8361 12:00 PM PT Juan de Marcos. Legendary Cuban musician Juan de Marcos visited California with his iconic band Afro-Cuban All Stars. In this interview, he comments on his recent album “Absolutely Live II – Viva México,” recorded in Mexico’s Cervantino Festival. He also shares stories about his work with […]
“We felt that we were missing something to still live our culture and bring it here … so that we could continue with the tradition there. We wanted to revive those cultures and have Latin music for the newly arrived people, who felt supported and welcomed.”