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60:06 minutes (55.03 MB)
LIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL. Hundreds of members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and immigrants affected by restrictive laws visit the U.S. Capitol to talk with congress members about the fears and struggles of families separated by immigration policies and urge for immediate reforms. Regular immigration commentator Rosalba Piña hosts a public forum from Capitol Hill. She airs a roundtable with U.S. Representatives, immigration attorneys, and immigrant families.
Xavier Becerra, Congressman for District 31 of CA, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Abogado de AILA
Carreño Family from Chicago, IL
Jennifer Nájera of Hammond, IN
Luis Gutiérrez, Congressman for District 4 of Illinois, Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, Washington, D.C.
58:57 minutes (53.98 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT2. This is a live recording of the opening concert at the Las Americas Festival. This hour includes a performance by Viento de Agua, a group from Puerto Rico that celebrates Afro-Puertorican traditions of Bomba and Plena.
Samuel Orozco, executive producer, Radio Bilingue, San Francisco, CA;
Max Baca and David Farias, Los Texmaniacs, San Antonio, TX;
Carlos Rojas, founding director and harp player, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia;
Paul Spring, Gary Spring, and Kathy Garcia, young students, visitors.
58:59 minutes (54.01 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT1. This program features interviews with renowned Latin American musicians. The radio conversations took place during the opening ceremony of the Las Americas Festival at the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Jose Uribe, director; Francisco Lujano, cuatro player and vocals; Juan Pantoja, vocals; Atalia Uribe de Roman, vocals and dancer, Grupo CUMACO, Venezuela;
Roman Ramos and Miguel Prado, co-directors, Arpex, Atwater, CA;
Tito Matos, director, and Luis Figueroa, member, Viento de Agua, San Juan, P.R.;
Juan Epifanio Bazan Rodriguez and Gladys Beatriz Bazan Garcia, Currulao percussionist and singer, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.
59:37 minutes (54.59 MB)
ROOTS MUSICIANS: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON. This live broadcast kicks off Línea Abierta’s special coverage of the Las Americas Festival, as the folklife event culminates four seasons of celebrations of Latino music as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. Hosted by Chelis López in the studios of Capitol News Connection, this roundtable features leaders of folk music groups that gather at the National Mall for a cultural dialogue. Organizers of the event talk about how music from the Latino grassroots helps bring this nation together.
Daniel Sheehy, Director, Festival de las Americas, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;
Juan Emilio Martinez and Noel Rosado, Viento de Agua, San Juan, PR.
60:29 minutes (55.38 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT2. Joropo musicians of Grupo Cimarrón de Colombia headline again this live recording from the National Mall. They are followed by Viento de Agua, a group Puerto Rico that celebrates Bomba and Plena.
Isabel Torres, visitor to the festival, ecuatorian living in Washington, DC;
Darwin Medina, Cuatro player, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia.
60:38 minutes (55.53 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 1. This is a live recording of the second day of concerts at the Las Americas Festival’s Folkways Salon at the National Mall. This segment includes a live performance by maestros Marcelo Rojas and Alvaro Marazzi, leading performers of the traditional Paraguayan harp. Also, Grupo Cimarron de Colombia begins a concert in this hour.
Marcelo Rojas, harp player, Paraguay;
Alvaro Marazzi, guitar player, Washington, DC
61:05 minutes (55.93 MB)
ROOTS MUSICIANS. This is a live roundtable conversation featuring interviews with musicians and organizers of the Smithsonian Institution’s Las Americas Festival in Washington, DC.
Ruby Oceguera, tarima dancer, Son de Madera, Veracruz, MX;
Roman Ramos and Miguel Prado, co-directors, Arpex, Merced, CA;
ALSO, SUMMIT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez sends a live report from the White House, minutes after the closing of the first session on immigration reform between President Obama and congressiona leaders.
Marco Vinicio Gonzalez, News reporter, White House, Washington, DC.
60:32 minutes (55.43 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT 2. This segment begins with a concert by Arpex, a group of musicians from Central California that promotes the music of Arpa Grande, a harp popular in Mexican Western state of Michoacán. It also includes a fragment of the performance by maestros Paraguayan harp maestros Marcelo Rojas and Alvaro Marazzi.
Monico Marquez, director, Maestros del Joropo Oriental, Venezuela;
Eduardo Diaz, director, Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC.
60:32 minutes (55.43 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL: LIVE. PT1. Maestros del Joropo Oriental, a group of leading performers of Joropo, the national music of Venezuela, are showcased in a live concert in this special edition of Línea Abierta from Washington, DC. The concert is a production of the Smithsonian Institution.
Monico Marquez, director, Maestros del Joropo Oriental, Venezuela.
60:15 minutes (55.17 MB)
ROOTS MUSICIANS. Legendary grassroots musicians who are gathered in Washington for the Las Americas Festival join this live roundtable to share stories about their unlikely journey from the barrios, mountains or plains around the Spanish-speaking world to the U.S. capital. In this program, members of three ensembles talk about the debate on the need to conserve or innovate musical traditions.
Orangel "Pangue" Maestre, accordion player and director, Estrellas del Vallenato, Colombia;
Juan Pablo Garcia Ramos, singer, La India Canela, Dominican Republic;
Carlos Enrique Riascos, marimba player, Juan Epifanio Bazan, drummer, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.
ALSO, CALL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. Rep. Xavier Becerra and social organizer Frank Sharry comment on the naming of a group by President Obama to work with Congress on immigration reform. Reporter Marco Vinicio Gonzalez filed this report from the White House.
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL. This segment includes a live concert by the Colombian ensemble Estrellas del Vallenato, and concludes with a fragment of Viento de Agua, from Puerto Rico.
Ana Francisca Hernandez, Maria Juana Angulo, Carlina Andrade, Cantadoras del Pacifico, Colombia.
60:22 minutes (55.27 MB)
LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL. This concert recorded live at the National Mall headlines the music of traditional Afro-Venezuelan Grupo CUMACO (Cuero, Madera and Costa), a band from the Venezuelan coast region of Aragua that gets its name from a large drum that is traditional to this area. The hour culminates with Estrellas del Vallenato, maestros of the vallenato tradition from Colombia.
Rene Lopez, academic researcher, producer and adviser, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;
Atalia Uribe de Roman and Carmen Camacho Ferrer, Grupo CUMACO, Venezuela.
60:22 minutes (55.27 MB)
59:52 minutes (54.82 MB)
ROOTS MUSICIANS. In this pre-taped roundtable hosted by guest host Chelis López, folk musicians who headline the Latino music festival at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, comment on the impact and future of their music. This program includes an interview with Lidia María Hernández López, a.k.a., La India Canela, an accordion player from the highlands of the Dominican Republic who has gained recognition as a top performer of meringue típico. The program culminates with a conversation with Ana Veydo, singer and dancer of Grupo Cimarron, who has gained international recognition as interpreter of canto recio from the plains of Colombia.
La India Canela, accordion player and star singer, Republica Dominicana;
Ana Veydo, singer and dancer, Grupo Cimarron, Colombia.