3:33 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

The Other Afro-Latino - Hidden Sounds from Ecuador, Bolivia, and Uruguay

Fri. 7/16: A spotlight on black enclaves producing music throughout Latin America that usually are overshadowed by Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian musical giants.

Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian musical giants have long enjoyed the spotlight, yet throughout Latin America there are other black enclaves producing some of the New World's most vibrant music. Their stories have gone untold for far too long. In this episode, Afropop explores these lost sounds, starting in an Ecuadorian desert valley where African and Andean traditions have mixed seamlessly into fiery dance music. Then we're off to mangrove-studded Esmeraldas to search out the last marimba legends living on the jungle waterways. We continue to Bolivia, where a tiny black minority uses their music to fight for recognition by the indigenous government and last, we'll listen to the driving carnival music of Uruguay, candombe. Tune in for exclusive interviews and recordings by everyone from marimba master Papa Ronc?n to Candombe-jazz legend Hugo Fattoruso.