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Raices: The Roots of Latin Music in New York City


Salsa music became popular in the United States in the 1970's, but it originated from the Afro-Caribbean rhythms like rumba, bomba, and merengue that were brought to New York City by Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the early 1900’s.

The Museum of the City of New York (www.mcny.org) currently documents the history of Latin music in its exhibition Raices: The Roots of Latin Music in New York City. Curated  by musician Louis Bauzo, the display features photographs of "Machito," Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente, the three biggest Latin stars that gained international fame as well as pictures of Harlem Hellfighters, the brass band in the United States Army during World War I, whose Puerto Rican members were the first Latinos to perform with African-American jazz bands in the city’s clubs.

The exhibition also features dozens of broadsides, posters, programs, instruments and costumes that portray the influence of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican cultures on the Latin music in New York.

The items presented belong to the Raices Latin Music Museum of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

The exhibition will run through February 16. 

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An exhibition featuring photographs of Staten Island homes and churches
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Gotham Jazzmen

A performance by New York City jazz artists

Donnell Library
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New Theatre at the 14th Street
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$15, $10 for children and seniors
212-206-1515 for tickets
www.lumiereballet.com

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