Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña
Co-presented with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & Museum of the African Diaspora
Criolla y Sabrosa: La Música Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Music: Creole and Tasty) is an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated musician John Santos that delves into the origins, evolution and relevance of Puerto Rican music, encapsulating the folk and popular trends of this tiny yet highly expressive Caribbean nation. European, African, and Indigenous roots - and an often-violent political history - form the foundation of Puerto Rican traditional and popular music, setting the stage for the birth of Salsa in New York's Puerto Rican community. Mr. Santos will illuminate Puerto Rico's musical evolution from a socio-political perspective through audio examples from his legendary collection, video clips and historical background based on his lifetime of immersion in Puerto Rican music. The eight, two-hour sessions will cover a variety of themes and may be enjoyed as a series or individually.