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Caribbean Culture

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Boukman Eksperyans
Duration 6:13


Grammy-nominated group performs in honor of the Haitian people affected by the earthquake of January 2010.  click for more

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La India Canela performs at the 2009 Folklife Festival
Duration 5:07


Filmed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival for the Las Américas program.  click for more

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La India Canela discusses influences on merengue típico
Duration 3:22


Merengue is widely recognized as the national music and dance of the Dominican Republic, and one of the country's most important exports, but it is not a single, unified genre. The traditional style called merengue típico...  click for more

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La India Canela discusses her passion for the accordion
Duration 4:07


Lidia María Hernández López, "La India Canela," is a celebrated accordion player from the Dominican Republic. She has recorded several...  click for more

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Viento de Agua perform a traditional bomba
Duration 6:23


Bomba is percussion-driven music created by enslaved Africans in Puerto Rico...  click for more

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Los Pleneros de la 21 demonstrate the drums used in the plena
Duration 1:27


Plena is an Afro-Latino tradition that developed out of bomba music around the beginning of the 20th century in southern Puerto Rico. Plena lyrics are narrative...  click for more

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Los Pleneros de la 21 perform "El Testigo"
Duration 4:31


Los Pleneros de la 21 gelled as a group in 1983, when conservatory-trained percussionist Juan "Juango" Gutiérrez followed his pride in his Puerto Rican culture...  click for more

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Los Pleneros de la 21 perform "Carmelina"
Duration 3:36


"Carmelina," a traditional plena in tribute to the great plenero Marcial Reyes Arvelo...  click for more

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Ecos de Borinquen demonstrate música jíbara
Duration 2:00


Música jíbara comes from the mountain regions of Puerto Rico. The style is rooted...  click for more

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Ecos de Borinquen perform "Mujer Borinqueña"
Duration 1:59


Traditional Puerto Rican jíbaro music is often improvised, sung poetry. At the core of the traditional song repertoire are the seis (in which the song form...  click for more

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Bahamian Medley
Duration 3:22


For hundreds of years in the The Bahamas, the human voice has been raised in melodious strains to a rhythmic pulse that is deeply influenced by the African ancestry of most Bahamians...  click for more

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Bahamian Junkanoo Parade
Duration 2:41


Junkanoo is a Bahamian street parade featuring colorful and elaborate costumes and floats. Performed every Boxing Day...  click for more

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Interview with Sons of Andros
Duration 1:44


Sons of Andros is a contemporary gospel group from the Bahamian island of Andros. Harington "Zippy" Frazier and...  click for more

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Tito Matos on teaching younger generations in his Puerto Rican community
Duration 0:49


In 1994, master Puerto Rican plena drummer Tito Matos emigrated to New York City and encountered there a vibrant...  click for more

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Tito Matos on keeping musical traditions alive
Duration 1:12


When Matos was a young man, his grandfather gave him a pandereta, the lead drum and characteristic instrument of the traditional Puerto Rican plena. Matos quickly became known as a uniquely talented and innovative...  click for more