Posts tagged "music"

Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer

Andina: An opera by Chicago's first Hispanic composer
Two years ago in a box in his aunt’s basement, Arlen Parsa found a musical score. Crumpled and faded, it was an opera written by his late great grandfather in the early 1930s. Eustasio Rosales came to the U.S. from Colombia as a young man. Parsa had heard stories that his great grandfather was a... Read more »

Pilsen cheers Chicago Marathoners

As the runners in the 2013 Chicago Marathon turned east on 18th Street from Ashland Avenue into Pilsen, they were met by drums, mariachi music and supporters waving Mexican flags. All marathoners were greeted with cheers, but those wearing Mexican shirts and running gear won over the crowd. “Where are the tamales?” one of the... Read more »

Celebrate female mariachis this Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate female mariachis this Hispanic Heritage Month
Mariachi Reyna de los Angeles performed recently in Millennium Park in Chicago. This all female mariachi band was founded in 1994 in El Monte, Calif. It is the first female mariachi band in the world, and was founded by Jose Hernandez, a board member of the Mariachi Heritage Society. They have three albums and have... Read more »
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Relive the Buena Vista Social Club

Relive the Buena Vista Social Club
I saw Compay Segundo perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2002. He is one of the musical stars of the film “The Buena Vista Social Club” that will show as part of Millennium Park’s Summer Film Series in Chicago tonight at 7:30 p.m. On that night that I saw the man in concert, who was 95... Read more »

New artist "Immi" highlights immigration

I came across a new Latino artist calling himself “Immi,” who promotes a message of cultural diversity and tolerance of immigrants. The 21-year-old immigrated from Argentina to New York when he was 14. The song and video is about following your dreams and never giving up. Here are some of the lyrics: I know people... Read more »

¡Que viva Lila Downs!

¡Que viva Lila Downs!
Lila Downs delivered a performance de coraz‪ó‬n, or from the heart, Saturday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago. Downs is on tour with her new album Pecados y Milagros or Sins and Miracles. A standout song from the album is “Pecadora.”  The song has notes of ska, klezmer and rap with lyrics in Spanish.... Read more »
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Mariachi Love story continues

Mariachi Love story continues
When my mom turned 60, she met her true love. He’s was in the mariachi band we hired to play for her birthday party. Santa and Ruben have been together now 15 years. My mom just turned 75 on Sunday and Ruben is now 81. I wrote a story about their Mariachi Love  and recorded... Read more »

Latin music ignored in the Grammy show

Latin music ignored in the Grammy show
The best Latin music performance of Grammy night was by Jennifer Lopez. How is that possible if she wasn’t even there? Lopez starred in a few commercials – one for female razors and another for stereo equipment that aired during the broadcast. But the sad point is that Latin music was not given a featured... Read more »

Petition Kanye West to speak out against Alabama's anti-immigration law

Petition Kanye West to speak out against Alabama's anti-immigration law
A student in Alabama started a petition to ask Kanye West to denounce the anti-immigration law passed recently in Alabama. “Like thousands of Kanye fans, I grew up listening to Hip-Hop, and it was one of the things that shaped my consciousness about race and justice,” said William Anderson, who launched the petition on Change.org.... Read more »
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Gil Scott-Heron's Revolution...¡Que viva la revolución!

La revolución will not be televisedYou will not see la revolución on Fox News, CNN or even UnivisiónLa revolución is not telenovelas, reality TV or talk radio La revolución is not Sarah-zonaLa revolución is not Jan Brewer’s SB1070La revolución will not be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court La revolución is not Cinco de MayoLa... Read more »