“American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” at Smithsonian Institute

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Washington, 11 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Smithsonian Institute presents “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” until 9 October 2011.

Since the end of the Second World War, Latino music such as the salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha has had a profound influence on American popular music. Latino musicians have contributed to shaping a number of musical genres in the United States, including jazz, R&B, rock and roll and hip hop. Featuring bilingual panels as well as photographs, listening stations, films and musical instruments, the exhibition reveals the true flavour, or sabor, of Latino music in the United States.

Two films produced specially for the exhibition bring music and dance to life. Each sequence of the first short-film features interviews with artists and experts and examines key events in the history of Latino music after the Second World War. The video also traces the history of the Palladium Ballroom, a mythical dancing hall in New York in the 1950’s, as well as the craze for mambo stars such as Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez.

A second film, also titled American Sabor, presents exclusive and enlightening interviews with stars from the Latino music scenes, including salsa legends Johnny Pacheco and Willie Colon, virtuoso guitarist Carlos Santana and pop icon Herb Alpert. The exhibition also boasts a working jukebox, allowing visitors to dance to their favourite rhythms.

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