Sunday, August 30, 2009

Latin Music USA on PBS

"Latin Music USA is a four part documentary series of American music. Fusion of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues - music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all."

"The four hour documentary series premieres on October 12th (Episodes 1&2) and October 19th (Episodes 3&4) 2009, on PBS stations nationwide and on" The series was produced by WGHB in co-production with BBC.

Episode One: "Traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and cha cha chá...Latin Music infiltrates R&B and rock and roll through the 1960's."

Episode Two: "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."

Episode Three: "Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices...Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights."

Episode Four: "Focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artist like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions - Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español."

Click on Latin Music USA to view Video, read About The Show, Producer Bios and Media Contact.

Rock y Roll Radio will definitely will be watching this documentary. Check your local listings for specific show times in your area.

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