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Celebrating the Life

March 24, 2014 - 10:02am

EVENT: ¡A Viva Voz! presents a live performance by East LA band Las Cafeteras. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014

WHERE: The Benson Latin American Collection (SRH 1.106)

 BACKGROUND: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections presents the 12th annual “¡A Viva Voz!” celebration of Latino/a culture featuring a concert by Las Cafeteras, a band famous for its energetic bilingual performances and community-focused message.

Las Cafeteras fuses traditional and modern beats with timely stories from the LA streets. The group remixes traditional sounds, combining Afro-Caribbean marimbol, the jarana and requinto guitars of Mexican son jarocho, hip-hop, Native American drum and flute, and stomping zapateado dancing with uplifting English and Spanglish lyrics that tell of everyday people searching for love and fighting injustice in the concrete jungle. 

The live performance will take place in the Benson Latin American Collection's main reading room, and is free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.

This year’s program is sponsored by LLILAS Benson, CAAAS, CMASInternational Student and Scholar Services and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

“¡A Viva Voz!” was developed by former Benson director Ann Hartness to highlight the library’s broad hemispheric cultural resources, engage the local community and celebrate U.S. Latino/a culture. Past events have featured a variety of speakers and performers, including Afro-Latin funk band Ocote Soul Sounds, renowned Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, author David Rice, actor Luis Avalos and comic artists Los Bros Hernandez.

The Benson Latin American Collection is a special collection of the University of Texas Libraries.

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