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Berta Rojas: Creating sounds that travel worldwide

Berta Rojas: Creating sounds that travel worldwide

By Juan Miret LatinaLista She has that fierce spirit of excellence. Like Rosie, the iconic woman portrayed in a WWII-era poster with the words “We Can Do It!,” – or perhaps: “¡Sí Se Puede!” – Berta Rojas is strong, emphatic, and inspirational. She is one of the top classical guitarists on the planet; and one

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Video: Writing historical debut novel not enough for Latina writer; she had to compose a ‘book score’ too

LatinaLista — Author Roma Calatayud-Stocks loves history, music and writing. It’s a combination that yielded an award-winning, and unusual, debut novel in 2012 for the Minneapolis native — a historical story with its own musical score, composed by Calatayud-Stocks. A Song in My Heart, the first in a planned trilogy series, is about a woman

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Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame close to recognizing inaugural group of talent not recognized by mainstream music industry

LatinaLista — Latinos have been contributing to the world’s musical treasure trove for decades. Unfortunately, in the United States, recognition for Latin songwriters has been minimal, to say the least. The blaring omission of recognizing Latino performance art talent was highlighted in the recent dispute between Latino organizations and the Kennedy Center Honors which resulted

University of Rochester launches Institute for Popular Music but lacks Latino contributions

LatinaLista — When it comes to chronicling the history of any era, the music of the day is an easy way to get a feel for the mood of the time. This kind of music is mostly known as popular music and the beauty of it is that it covers every genre. Wikipedia defines popular

Binational project brings the voices of Chicanas and Jarochas together in song

LatinaLista — What happens when musical composers from the United States and Mexico get together? Well, in addition to creating beautiful music they open up a new transborder dialogue spoken through song. That’s the premise of a new binational initiative known as Entre Mujeres: Translocal Musical Dialogues. Entre Mujeres is a translocal music composition project

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