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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Each week, the Library of Congress Music Division features free video performances, lectures, and conversations to keep you company.


This Pick of the Week celebrates the afro-descent heritage present in various musical expressions of Latin American countries. This heritage, many times overlooked, is the result of the transatlantic slavery trades that started in the 16th century. This edition focuses on the Afro-Colombian music heritage with rhythms including bullerengue, tambora, mapale, porro, chande, among others performed by the New York-based group called Grupo Rebolú. We hope that this edition sparks your curiosity and inspires you to learn more about afro-descent heritage music in Latin America. 

Pick of the Week - October 16, 2020: Hispanic Heritage Month

Grupo Rebolú: Afro-Colombian Music from New York (performance date: August 8, 2018)

The New-York based, Afro-Colombian musical ensemble Grupo Rebolú promotes the rich musical traditions of the African descendants of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Ronald Polo, the founder, vocalist, composer, and player of the gaita, a native Colombian flute, believes these folkloric traditions should continually evolve and incorporate the ideas and creativity of new generations of musicians. The original compositions of Ronald Polo, written for Grupo Rebolú, forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as gaita, tambora, chalupa, and bullerengue.

Conversation with Grupo Rebolú (event date: August 8, 2018)

Founding members of the Afro-Colombian ensemble, Grupo Rebolú, Ronald Polo (vocalist, composer, and player of the gaita native Colombian flute), Morris Cañate (traditional drummer), and Johanna Castañeda (vocalist and percussionist) discuss musical expressions of their Afro-Cuban heritage with ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy.​

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National Heritage Month 

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.