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Latin Music Arrives at HistoryMiami Museum

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    History Miami Museum brings the sabor of Latin music to Miami! Roxanne Vargas spoke with Tito Puente Jr and Evelyn Figueroa, Project Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition. (Published Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014)

    Next time you’re shaking it on the dance floor to salsa music…take a minute to let the music marinate. Really listen. The percussion, the voice, the story. You will feel it. You will feel the joy, the pain, the triumph of that story – and there is a story behind the great Latin voices, that have inspired the most iconic musicians.

    Latin music has inspired jazz, blues, and rock vocalists – hits you have in your iPod! Learn the history and taste the flavor of Latin music at a traveling exhibit that has arrived in South Florida at the HistoryMiami Museum.

    American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music explores all this and more. “It’s the first time that we have put together an exhibition that gather a piece of history that nobody knows about”, says Evelyn Figueroa, Project Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition.

    “Latin music in America has influenced all the great, great icons that you hear today”, says mambo star Tito Puente Jr, son of the Mambo King, the late and great, Tito Puente. “My father was such a great influence in so many great artists lives and you really got to think about it, most Latin artists that you hear today in American music have been influenced by Tito Puente in some sort of way”.

    This exhibit also takes in the flavor of Miami, as you will see the story of International super-stars who call Miami home. Gloria and Emilio Estefan are music moguls no doubt, but they are also two prime examples of artists who are known in the Latin and American music industry.

    “You’ll see all the crossovers and how it blends in with Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana being one of the pioneers of crossing over that Latin music to American music. It really shines in this exhibit”.

    Check out American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music with the family now through October 26th at HistoryMiami Museum.