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Access for Seniors program with Sole e Mar, Lions Community Manor

Access to the Arts for Seniors, Spring 2018

Access to the Arts for Seniors is a new Center for World Music program presenting the world’s music dance, and related arts in affordable housing facilities for seniors with limited access to cultural enrichment. During Spring 2018, our Access to the Arts Coordinator, Stacey Barnett, organized five special programs in residential communities around the San Diego area.

Pictured above is our first event, a Mother’s Day celebration, May 9 at the Lion’s Community Manor, Market Street, San Diego, featuring Sol e Mar musicians David Shyde and Brian Pierini.

The series continued with a Memorial Day program, May 25, at the Escondido Garden Apartments, North Midway Drive, Escondido, with American roots and country music by Gemini Junction.

Access for Seniors program with Gemini Junction, Escondido Garden Apartments

Then a coffee hour on June 4 at Sorrento Tower Apartments, Cowley Way, San Diego, with Will Marsh performing “Lutes of the World” on guitar, Indian sitar, and Persian setar.

Access for Seniors program with Will Marsh, Sorrento Tower

Residents of St. John’s Plaza Apartments, Lemon Grove, enjoyed another coffee hour on June 13. This event featured Latin/Cuban music with drummer and CWM teaching artist Mark Lamson and guitarist Israel Maldonado.

Access for Senior program with Mark Lamson, St. John's Plaza

Finally, the season ended with a social at Guadalupe Plaza, San Diego, on July 2, featuring African American spirituals by Delores Fisher, member of the CWM’s Artistic Board.

Access for Seniors program with Delores Fisher, Guadalupe Plaza

Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club Bringing Back the Sounds of Old Cuba

The famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, whose 1997 1997 Grammy Award-winning album went platinum in the United States and sold more than eight million copies worldwide, have reunited for their “Adios Tour” of North America. Vocalist Omara Portuondo, sometimes called the “Billie Holiday” of Cuba, told the Washington Post:

Music is the language of all the people in the world, not just in Cuba, but also in the United States and Europe. It helps people to understand each other better. When you do music, people enjoy it so much that it doesn’t matter what countries they’re from.

Read the full WP story here.

Afro-Cuban Drums

How Santería Seeped Into Latin Music

As part of “Beat Week,” National Public Radio does a segment on the connection between Santeria and Cuban music . . .

The sacred and the secular have shared a place in Cuban music going back to the 19th century — and, in fact, sacred music with roots in west Africa informs a lot of Cuban popular music.

Read (better, listen) to the story at NPR.org.

Las Parrandas

In the Days Before Christmas, Cuba Erupts in a Celebration of Lights

Seasons Greetings from the Center for World Music!

As our thoughts turn to Christmas, and celebrations, why not look at Christmas celebrations in Cuba, also on the horizon these days?

In 1820, as the story goes, a young priest noticed diminished attendance at mass from December 16 until Christmas. Hoping to attract parishioners, he instructed children to go out into the streets with cans, horns, bugles, rattles or any kind of noisemaker, hoping that the raucous noise would attract churchgoers. As the tradition evolved, organized bands began playing music in the streets, competing with each other for the honor of best performance.

Along with music, [the town of] Remedios—still home to the country’s largest and most popular Parrandas—fills with light during the festival.

At Smithsonian.com.

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