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Catarina and Raquel Interview

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Young Roots » 1pm - Apr 13, 2011
Rating: 3.0 (238 Votes)
Category: Young Roots

The Young Roots Performance Series at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture showcases emerging artists experimenting with the artistic roots of Afro-Latino traditions to create new branches that reach into the future. The series was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s highly selective New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, which supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation.

The next manifestation of Young Roots is entitled The Mermaid’s Feet, a collaborative effort between East Harlem-based vocalists Catarina dos Santos and Raquel Z. Rivera who draw on roots music of the Afro-Ibero-American world, highlighting women's experiences. The project title makes reference to the female-centeredness of dos Santos' and Rivera's music, and to the ocean that touches all the countries whose musical traditions they draw from, in a innovative collaboration with Brazilian, Portuguese, and African musicians.

The Young Roots Performance Series project grew out of the two rotating biennial festivals produced at Hostos Center: BomPlenazo, which focuses on the bomba and plena traditions of Puerto Rico, and Quijombo, which focuses on the congo, salve and guloya, which continue to be extensively documented by the media center BronxNet. BronxNet produces programs that globally connect one of the most diverse and culturally rich places in the world: the Bronx – and the TV station’s award winning production team will produce a series of Young Roots docu-concerts.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 2011 in the Repertory Theater at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse at 149 Street in the Bronx. More info about The Young Roots Performance Series is at, (718) 518-4455, and

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