Baila! Latin Music USA (Giveaway)
You know those moments when your heart busts with this big, giant pride for your culture? When you want to grab the person next to you and say “See? See? How cool is this?”
When you don’t want that moment to be over?
It sounds a little dramatic of me, but I did have that moment in October 2009 when I watched Latin Music USA, a PBS documentary that tracked 50 years of Latin music right here in the United States. It taught me about a rich and full history of which I was unaware (Fania All-Stars, for one) and it highlighted the music and the Latino musicians I know and love — the people who have created the soundtrack for generations, from Celia to Ricky to Pitbull. It explored the beginnings of Latin jazz, tracing the evolution of music and song through mambo, salsa, reggaeton, Chicano rock, Tejano and Latin pop. And it showed the fusions with — and influences on — jazz, country, rock, reggae y mucho mas.
It showed how interwoven Latinos are in the American culture, and how we have been for generations.
A good point from the NY Daily News review.
Our public discussion, on matters from music to immigration policy, far too often treats Latinos as kind of a separate subculture existing inside the “real America.”
It’s true that Latinos, like all groups, do have their own subculture. Many, in fact. But more to the point, they are also deeply woven into the larger country, from our food to judicial policy.
You also can watch the intro to the series on the PBS site for a taste.
Series Features Well-Known Latino Musicians
The series features artists such as Willie Colón and Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Ricky Martin, Juanes and Pitbull. Plus Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón and Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.
Plus, the footage of recording sessions and concerts and the history lesson provided is amazing. Helping to tell the story was Leila Cobo from Estudio Billboard and V-me and Desmond Child, a Cuban-American singer/songwriter who wrote Living la Vida Loca, produced Ricky Martin’s upcoming CD Música + Alma + Sexo, and also wrote a gazillion songs you already know, sung by people like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Kiss.
The series first aired on PBS stations and on Spanish-language channel Vme, a Tiki Tiki sponsor, and the organization giving away copies of Latin Music USA to two Tiki Tiki readers.
It is a Latin music lover’s must-have DVD.
- Two readers will each receive a free copy of Latin Music USA.
- To enter leave a comment telling us about your favorite Spanish song ever, or your favorite Latin music artist.
- Contest runs through midnight CST Saturday March 12.
- Winners will be selected at random and notified via email.
- Winners have 72 hours to respond, or the item will be given to another entrant chosen at random.
And because no conversation about Latin music and especially, salsa is complete without talking about dancing, and dancing shoes, check out this little collection of shoes I would wear to go salsa dancing — if worrying about falling over was not a worry.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Latin Music USA.