Arts & Culture
The hip-hop artist Olmeca, from Los Angeles, launched a song called “En mi nombre” (In My Name), in which he laments the toll taken by mass deportations. The singer uses real life stories of immigrants for the song’s lyrics. Olmeca presented the song in Arizona, where Valeria Fernández reports.
In Salinas, in an agricultural valley of California, innovative teachers have managed to convert more than 200 children from poor, largely farmworking families into classical musicians. This method of teaching, known as El Sistema, uses orchestral music to keep youth and children occupied, learning to play violas and trombones, and keeping them away from a life of poverty and gang violence that is prevalent among local youth. El Sistema began in Venezuela, and it has been replicated in several other countries, such as Colombia, with promising results. Our reporter Farida Jhabvala Romero was at one of the Youth Orchestra’s concerts in the nearby city of Monterey and has this story. This feature story is part of the series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
In Los Angeles, a dance company has incorporated the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa into its repertory, to educate the community about this festival. Kwanzaa is a modern, secular holiday that honors ancestral African traditions and is celebrated in the last days of each year in African-American homes. In a community celebration this year, dozens of young dancers gave homage to the recently passed-away South African revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, went to the dance and has this story. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
Arturo Sandoval began learning how to play the trumpet at age 12, in a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Since then, Sandoval has become a living legend of jazz worldwide. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Days later, Sandoval learned that [...]
Mexican journalist and author Elena Poniatowska won the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor of the Spanish-speaking world. She became the first Mexican woman in receiving this prestigious award. Poniatowska, 81, is the author of “Massacre in Mexico,” “El Tren Pasa Primero,” and most recently “El Universo o Nada”, among many books. In this conversation, [...]
A Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz talks in this interview in Oakland, CA, about his most recent bestseller “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of stories about relationships gone sour. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Guest: Junot Díaz, Writer, Professor of [...]
This is a conversation with Uruguayan writer and journalist Eduardo Galeano, autor of “Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina,” a book censored by military dictatorships in South America. The acclaimed writer speaks about border walls, jails, and women. This conversation was recorded in his hometown, Montevideo, soon after he received a prestigious award in Bolivia. [...]
During Christmas in the Phillipines, star-shaped lanterns called parols light up streets and windows. In California, a group of Filipino immigrants in San Francisco has been making parol lanterns together for a little more than a decade, and community organizations have a contest to see who makes the best parol representing the theme of the year. This year, the theme was Enlightenment for All, in the context of gay marriage and the Typhoon Haiyan. Over the years, youth have been collaborating more and more with their elders, and both generations share ideas to innovate the tradition
This Holiday, celebrate your loved ones with timeless romantic music. The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best-known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound. This is a repeat edition. Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas [...]
Kevin Johansen was born in Alaska and lives in Argentina. He fuses these two poles of the continent in his music, which he describes as belonging to no genre in particular. In this special Holiday edition, Johansen talks about his new album Bi, and how his North-South identity impacts his music. Guest: Kevin Johansen, musician, [...]