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  • program October 26, 2011

    Soneros Mayores – Portraits of Beny Moré and Ismael Rivera

    Beny More and Ismael Rivera are national heroes in their home countries, Cuba and Puerto Rico respectively. They were soneros of the highest order, masters of the art of improvised singing. We’ll hear some of the songs that made them … Read more »

  • program September 14, 2011

    The Golden Age of Cuban Music

    On January 8, 1959, Fidel Castro and his ragtag army marched into Havana and proclaimed victory in the Cuban revolution. Much of the world knew Cuba primarily from its 1930 megahit “El Manicero” (“The Peanut Vendor”) and from the mambo … Read more »

  • program October 9, 2010

    The Voice of the Leopard

    The leopard cult of ekpe in Calabar, in present-day Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon, has one of the most unique performance traditions in all of Africa–a complex theatrical tradition, referred to in calabar English as “play,” which encompasses a cycle of … Read more »

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