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Hambone: A Rhythm of Resistance

He goes by the name of Unique Derique, and off stage, he teaches this art to children, so this legacy of African-American cultural resistance is not lost. Our reporter Fernando Andrés Torres visited Unique Derique in Oakland, California, and has this story. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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Culture Through Recipes

Eritrea, and other countries. They got together to start a cooking class, where they show their daughters how to cook the recipes they learned from their own mothers and grandmothers, both to take care of their health and to take care of their culture. Manuel Ocaño visited one of these community cooking classes and has this story. This feature report is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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Masters of Caribbean Son. 

An interview with two great exponents of Afro-Latino music, who come together in San Francisco, CA, with other giants of Salsa and Latin jazz to support El Tecolote, a storied community newspaper with a focus on Latino popular culture. Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos is a renowned percussionist who has performed and recorded with masters […]

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Lila Downs: Raíz.

Grammy winner Mexican-American singer Lila Downs is releasing a new CD in collaboration with Soledad from Argentina and Niña Pastori from Spain. Titled “Raíz,” the new recording includes arrangements of musical styles from their home countries, such as boleros, chacareras, tangos and huapangos. In coincidence, Downs begins a tour in the U.S. Guest: Lila Downs, […]

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Deshilado: An Art Alive in California’s Central Valley

(Español) Recientemente María y su mamá fueron becadas por la Alianza de California para las Artes Tradicionales, ACTA, un programa que ayuda a artesanos como Patricia a preservar y transmitir sus conocimientos artísticos a la nueva generación.

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The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón.

That’s the title of a book that tells the tragic story about the experiences and ideology of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magón and militants of his transnational movement in the U.S. and Mexico. It also gives insights into the collaboration between the Mexican and U.S. governments to persecute and imprison Mexican exiles in the early […]

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African Soul Intl

Weat African dance and drums in Los Angeles

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she moved three years ago to Los Angeles, where she teaches dance class, but also inivites other masters of Afircan dance to the city. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, visited some of her energetic rehearsals, and he has this story. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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Zydeco-Mexican Connection.

The Mexican American roots group and cultural institution Los Cenzontles is collaborating with young Zydeco accordion virtuoso Andre Thierry to create a new soulful sound. Through this musical collaboration, they celebrate the historic connection of Louisiana Creoles and Mexicans in their home communities of Richmond and San Pablo, California. This program is part of our […]

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A Family United by Music

The couple taught their two daughters to play accordion and trumpet from a very young age, and now everyone int he family plays cumbia, Norteña music, Tex-Mex, and a large repertoire of other traditional Latin American music. Fernando Andrés Torres has this story about these three generations of extraordinary musicians in California. Juan Santiago also contributed to this story, which is part of the series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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Barrio Strings Adorn Musical Instruments Worldwide

Their strings have found clients all over the world and are used by famous groups such as Mariachi Vargas, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, and Los Tigres del Norte. The artisans are training others in the craft so that the art of stringmaking is not lost.

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