[Latin Music and Culture Celebration]

Latin Music and Culture Celebration

Beklee Latin Music and Culture Events

Berklee presents its 11th annual Latin Music and Culture Celebration (LMCC), an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, with concerts and clinics presented by students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guest artists. Highlights include concerts by Puerto Rican pianist Angel David Mattos November 4, vocalists Mili Bermejo and Patricia Elena Vlieg November 10, and Cuban superstar Issac Delgado November

      Latin Music and Culture Celebration 2009 Calendar

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Streaming Audio

Contemporary World Music   Click on any album to listen*:

*These streaming audio sites are available "on demand" both on and off the Berklee campus to enrolled Berklee students, as well as Berklee faculty and staff.

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CDs at the Media Center, and Learning Videos at the Library

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Magazines and Journals in Print and Online

Journal of Latin American Studies
From 1969-2003 in JSTOR
Latin American Music Review
In print from 2000-present in the library

Latin American Music Review
From 03/22/1996 to 1 year ago in Expanded Academic ASAP

Latin Beat
In print from 1997-present at the library
 Studies in Latin American popular culture 
From 1990 to present in Academic Search Premier

Find Articles Online:


The Latino American Experience*

The Latino American Experience marks the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos, the largest, fastest-growing minority group in the United States. Designed, developed, and indexed under the guidance of Latino librarians and library directors to meet the research and curriculum needs of students, teachers, librarians, and researchers.

*This database is available "on demand" both on and off the Berklee campus to enrolled Berklee students, as well as Berklee faculty and staff.
Selected articles from this database: Ralph G. Giordano. "The Charleston, Flappers, and Jazz: 1920–1932." Social Dancing in America : A History and Reference. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. The Latino American Experience. Greenwood Publishing Group. 3 Nov 2009.


Gerard, Charley. "The Trombone Man: A Cuban Jazz Musician in the United States." Music from Cuba : Mongo Santamaría, Chocolate Armenteros, and Other Stateside Cuban Musicians. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2001. The Latino American Experience. Greenwood Publishing Group. 3 Nov 2009.

This searches the fallowing article and  streaming  audio databases: Berklee Stan Getz Catalog, International Index to Music Periodicals, Contemporary World Music, Smithsonian Global Sound and Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Music.

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Scores at the Library

Big Book of Latin American Songs
MP1668.4 .B54 1998


Buena Vista Social Club
MP1681.C918 B84 2000

Puro Mexicano!
MP1683.18 .P87 2003

Anthology by Antonio Carlos Jobim
MP1690.J626 A5 1994

Guitar Music of Argentina: a Collection of Popular Argentinian Music

MP125 .G842 1999


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Books at the Library

Voices of Latin rock: People and Events That Created This Sound by Jim McCarthy, Ron Sansoe

ML3534 .M132 2004

Read a Review: At last, a book about the San Francisco bay area Latin rock boom of the late 60s that spawned Santana, Malo, Sapo, Azteca, and others.  "Voices of Latin Rock" by Jim McCarthy with Ron Sansoe, published by Hal Leonard, fills in many of the missing pieces in my knowledge of Latin rock history of Northern California. read more

Rock en Español: the Latin Alternative Rock Explosion By Ernesto Lechner, Saul Hernandez

ML394 .L37 2006

From the publisher: The most exciting music to come out of Latin America in the last 15 years belongs to the genre known as rock en español—the fusion of Anglo alt-rock with Latin folklore that is examined in this volume. What began as a cult movement in the late 1960s has blossomed into a popular phenomenon that embodies the eclectic aesthetic of Hispanic youth. read more

Tito Puente: King of Latin music by Jim Payne
ML419.P84 P39 2006

From the publisher: Biography of the legendary Tito Puente and a brief history of Afro-Cuban/salsa music that he popularized throughout the world. A 2-hour DVD includes Tito discussing his incredible 50-year career as a band leader and the influence of other musicians from Cachao to Celia Cruz to Santana had on him. It also features Tito soloing on his legendary gold timbales. read more
The Latin Beat: the Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music From Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond by Ed Morales
ML3475 .M67 2003

From the publisher: The Latin explosion of Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, and the Buena Vista Social Club may look like it came out of nowhere, but the incredible variety of Latin music has been transforming the United States since the turn of the century, when Caribbean beats turned New Orleans music into jazz.
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A Tribute to Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian Singer



Rohter, Larry. "Mercedes Sosa, 74, Who Sang of Argentina's Turmoil." New York Times 5 Oct. 2009: A21(L). The New York Times. Web. 6 Nov. 2009.


Mercedes Sosa, the Argentine folk singer whose politically charged repertory, sung in a powerful, earthy and impassioned alto voice, led her to be known throughout Latin America as ''the voice of the voiceless,'' died early Sunday in Buenos Aires. She was 74.

Ms. Sosa had been admitted to a hospital in the Argentine capital two weeks ago, suffering from kidney disease and with liver and lung problems. Her death was announced on her Web site and by her son, Fabian Matus, who said: "Mercedes Sosa has lived her 74 years to the fullest. She did practically everything that she wanted to do."

In a career that spanned 60 years, Ms. Sosa became revered as both a victim of and a commentator on the political and social turmoil that afflicted her country and the rest of the continent. She was one of the pioneers of the ''Nueva Cancion'' or ''New Song'' movement, a style of socially conscious music drawing on folk elements that first flowered in the 1960s, and enjoyed her biggest commercial success and political influence interpreting songs from that genre, like Violeta Parra's ''Gracias a La Vida'' and Horacio Guarany's ''If the Singer Is Silenced.''

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Click here to see CDs with music by Mercedes Sosa.


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