The first ½ hour of this program includes Inti-Illimani, from Chile, and some examples of “copla asturiana”, from Spain. The second ½ hour presents a few Latin American “Tonadas”. The third ½ hour includes music from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Spanish language literature segment is dedicated to the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes with the reading, in his own voice, of a small fragment of “Cristobal Nonato”.
The first ½ hour includes music from Argentina and Bolivia. The second ½ hour presents some examples of Latin American “valses”. The third ½ hour includes music from Peru and Ecuador. The segment dedicated to Spanish language literature presents “Desnudo rojo,” a short story by the Mexican writer Mauricio Molina.
This program celebrates Mexico’s Independence Bicentennial. It was precisely on September 16, 1810, that Mexico’s war for independence from Spain began, signaling the end of a colonial period that lasted almost 300 years. In celebration, the program presents a sampling of Mexican classic traditional songs and the country’s amazingly diverse folk genres, all centered on a seminal Mexican poem: “La suave patria”, by Ramón López Velarde.
Today’s program is part of Ethnic Studies Week. The first ½ hour presents women interpreters from Brazil. The second ½ hour includes music for a great South American river: El Paraná. The third ½ hour presents Latin American artists who have outspokenly expressed their opposition to Arizona’s anti-immigration law, SB 1070. Today is the 37th anniversary of the death of Pablo Neruda. The last segment is dedicated to his poetry.