Música Del Pueblo: A Virtual Exhibition of Latino Roots Music and Culture in the United States and Latin America
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has partnered with Smithsonian Folkways and the Smithsonian Latino Center to create a Flash-based virtual exhibition featuring a diverse range of Latin American and Latino musics. Música del Pueblo draws its content from many sources: research and documentation from the Nuestra Música: Music in Latino Culture programs from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival; research and recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Tradiciones/Traditions series of música latina CDs; and new documentation of music done partnering with community organizations and researchers around the United States. The exhibition includes twenty four high-quality video features arranged by thematic categories. Content includes Puerto Rican bomba, plena, and jíbaro music, South Texas conjunto, Mexican mariachi music, Mexican huasteco, jarocho, and Michoacán Tierra Caliente son, Afro Cuban sacred music, Colombian vallenato, Dominican merengue típico, Salvadoran chanchona music, corridos, Guatemalan marimba music, Chilean nueva canción, and Latino hip-hop. These videos are accompanied by brief essays and links to related content in other sections of the Música del Pueblo web site and on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.