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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Center // My Music is Who I Am

The Chicago Latin Jazz Festival and SRBCC partner to present...

My Music is Who I Am

In working-class Afro-Latin communities, nothing surpasses music in terms of cultural expression and documentation. Self-identity, education, resistance, escapism, and the concept of our history in our own voices are all imbedded in the text and sub-text of the traditional and popular music of Afro-Latin America. In this lecture/demonstration, multi-Grammy nominated bandleader, percussionist, composer and SFJAZZ Trustee, John Santos, will focus on how a wide range of Cuban and Puerto Rican music addresses these issues. Recorded music from the instructor’s legendary collection will form the foundation for this lecture with ample Q&A.