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Move to the Groove with Latin Music USA

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carbondale, IL - WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media division of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and Carbondale Community Arts (CCA) are proud to host a screening of Latin Music USAon Friday, September 25 from 5pm-7pm at the Varsity Center for the Arts. In addition to the screening of the documentary series, attendees will enjoy a reception and music provided by Latin Folk musician, Colleen Springer Lopez. This event is part of CCA's Cultural Tapestries Project.

Latin Music USA is a documentary series about American music that reaches across time and musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos. Fittingly, the series launches during Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions of Latinos to the United States and to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Latin Music USA premieres on WSIU-TV on October 12 and October 19 from 8pm-10pm.

Episode 1, Bridges, traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha chá. The episode also demonstrates how Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock and roll through the 1960s. In episode 2, The Salsa Revolution, Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa,which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos throughout the world.

Episode 3, The Chicano Wave, and episode 4, Divas and Superstars, cover recent waves of music produced by the Latino community. During the second half of the 20th century, Mexican Americans in California, Texas, and across the Southwest create a distinct musical voice that eventually plays an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights. In the late 1990s, the Latin pop explosion leads to the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Shakira in the English-language market. Learn more online at

For additional details, contact Vickie Devenport at 453-6148 or

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