Betto Arcos

Betto Arcos appears in the following:

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

Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.


Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they've released two albums and toured the U.S.


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

"The song has to have a story that I believe in and I can make my own," says Silvia Perez Cruz, who can sing in seven languages. The intimate and fierce Granada is an album for voice and guitar.


The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

Saturday, March 01, 2014

A samba can be fast or slow; it can propel a parade or insinuate sensuality behind a song. When dancers hit the street for parades during Carnival, their sambas tell stories, like a moving opera.


A Male Singer Shines In A Woman's World

Saturday, February 08, 2014

António Zambujo sings fado, the style of music often called Portugal's blues — but his work owes more to João Gilberto and Chet Baker than to his contemporaries in the genre.


Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A master of the Brazilian version of the mandolin, Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the instrument can do — and he's found friends in disparate musical worlds who are helping him prove is point.


Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The singer's latest release marks the first time she's been able to produce an album herself. Blending interpretations of jazz classics and Latin American ballads with original compos...


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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Violeta Parra has been called mother of the Latin American folk movement, and her work as a visual artist has been shown at the Louvre. The Chilean icon, who committed suicide at 49, is the subject of a new film.


Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has played with everyone from Sting to Salif Keita. While most trumpets have three valves, his has four, allowing him to play th...


Artists React To Mexico's Drug War With Music And Poetry

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Poetry and other art forms have been integral to the "Peace with Justice and Dignity" movement. Poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was murdered by members of a drug cartel, says the poe...