Sunday, March 20, 2011

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 105

Afro-Colombian folk dance

Intro: Africano / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Thunder in the Jungle

Set one:

1. Agua Que Cae del Cielo / Omara Portuondo
2. Para Chango / Oscar D'Leon / 15 Exitos de

Set two:

1. Me Voy pa' Cali / Oscar D'Leon / En Vivo 
2. A San Lazaro / Yolanda Rayo
3. Galeron Con una Negra / Tambor Urbano / La Rumba

Set three:

1. Yo Me Siento Como en Casa / Oscar D'Leon / Tranquilamente
2. El Mensaje / Sol del Almendro / Ruta Tropical

Set four:

1. A Quien No Le Va a Gustar / Tambor Urbano / Solo Exitos
2. Yo Te Canto / Eva Ayllon 
3. Burundanga / Celia Cruz

Set five:

1. Yubakere / Sol del Almendro / Ruta Tropical
2. Canto de Pilon / Tambor Urbano / Solo Exitos
3. Agayyu / Francisco Aguabella  y Su Grupo Oriza / Bembe
4. Oriza Eh / Tambor Urbano / Que No Se Pare la Rumba

Today's show illustrates the unbridled energy of African music that exists in the Spanish-speaking Americas. Though largely invisible in media portrayals of what Latinos look like, the African presence in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean cannot be ignored. The connections between Africans of Latin America are more profound than those of the dominant Euro-centric Hispanics. Music, culture, dialect and syntax, dance and food easily cross the borders that separate New World Africans.
Though separated by more than 54,000 merchant slave ship voyages, the Africans cultural expressions were inseparable. Listen to an Afro-Venezuelan musician call upon Chango in the same way that a Cuban or Boricua does. Listen to the sameness in the spiritual language of Afro-Peruvians and Afro-Colombians. Forget the hyphen, we are New World Africans of the African Diaspora. Children of the holocaust.