Betto Arcos

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'To Be Useful Is Something Incredible': Leo Brouwer Reflects On His Legacy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Brouwer, one of Latin America's most renowned classical composers, sees music as a form of service. "When [humans] give ... they're doing one of the most beautiful things in life," he says.


The Birth Of 'Nueva Trova Cubana' And Other Music Styles In Castro's Cuba

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba.


A Jazz Pianist Considers Fidel Castro's Music Education Legacy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Harold Lopez-Nussa was trained in the formidable classical music education system set up in Cuba after the revolution. He's among the first of his class to get a deal with a U.S. record label.


At 85, Cuban Legend Omara Portuondo Is Still Working — And Feeling Young

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Cuban singer was the only female member of the Buena Vista Social Club — but her career, which continues today, stretches back much further.


In Colombia, Preserving Songs That Tell Stories

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Vallenato, traditional music from Colombia, was immortalized in One Hundred Years Of Solitude and popularized by superstar singer Carlos Vives. Betto Arcos tells its story from the Vallenato Festival.


'Urban Rez' Explores What It Means To Be Native American

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A new play created by Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theater tells the story of Los Angeles' Native American population and its search for identity in a big city.


'Nothing Less Than A Treasure Trove': Joe Castro Box Set Features Hidden Jazz Gems

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Mexican-American jazz pianist earned acclaim in New York and Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60s, but much of his music was never released — until now.


With No Museum, Thousands Of Mexican Instruments Pile Into This Apartment

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One man in Mexico City has amassed a collection that spans the country's history, from precolonial times to the present. Guillermo Contreras says they are the "most precious creations of humanity."


'A Lot Of Hope And A Lot Of Fear': Anouar Brahem's Arab Spring Remembrance

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Tunisian oud player's latest album, Souvenance, is his response to the Arab Spring after years of reflection. Betto Arcos has his story.


From Ballrooms To Concert Halls, Mexico Kept This Cuban Style Alive

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Salón Los Angeles is the oldest dance hall in Mexico City. The classic 1930s ballroom is located in a working-class neighborhood near downtown, and every week, it sees dozens of well-dressed couples of all ages moving to an orchestra of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, clarinets and percussion instruments.

The music ...


Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Malawi is a small, landlocked country in southeast Africa, one of the continent's least developed, the population mostly rural and agricultural. But over the past two years, some of its music has begun to reach the wider world, thanks in part to the efforts of Ian Brennan.

Three years ago, ...


El Teatro Campesino's Mission Remains As Its Stages Grow

Friday, October 10, 2014

The California theater company was born on the picket lines of the United Farm Workers Movement; its mission is to dramatize the struggles of everyday people and bring the stories to a wider audience.


Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.


A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

Saturday, June 07, 2014

For Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, stories are everything.

"Style is not what matters to me, but the result," she says through a translator. "The song has to have a story that I believe in and I can make my own. I think I have that influence from my mother. ...


The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

Saturday, March 01, 2014

It's a Saturday night at the Mangueira Samba School in Rio de Janeiro, where students are getting ready for Carnival. Millions of people will be dancing to the rhythms of Brazil's most popular music: samba.

Osvaldo Martins, one of the school's organizers, has put together a competition for the best ...


A Male Singer Shines In A Woman's World

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Portuguese-born António Zambujo sings fado, the style of music often called Portugal's blues. For decades, the genre's mournful songs have been associated with female singers — from the late Amália Rodrigues, whose role in popularizing the genre worldwide earned her the nickname "Queen of Fado," to current superstar Mariza. But ...


Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Alfredo Viana was one of the superstars of the Brazilian musical style known as choro. The flautist and saxophonist, better known by the nickname Pixinguinha, pushed the boundaries of choro by incorporating jazz and ragtime into his compositions.

Hamilton de Hollanda explores that connection on the new album Mundo de ...


Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Spanish singer Buika is at a new stage in her career. She just published her second book of poetry and she's currently producing her first film, based on a tale from that book. She also has a new album, La Noche Más Larga — "The Longest Night" -- ...


In 'Violeta Went To Heaven,' A Folk Icon's Tempestuous Life

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In a scene from the film Violeta Went to Heaven, the Chilean singer Violeta Parra (played by Francisca Gavilán) walks through the countryside with her son Angel in search of a woman whose songs she wants to learn and record. Her son asks her, "What if we can't find this ...


Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet — most just have three. The extra valve, attached to the button a trumpeter pushes down, allows the Lebanese musician to play quarter-tones — the notes between notes that characterize Arabic "makams."

"The makams are scales and modes with quarter-tones and three quarter-tones intervals," ...