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Carlos Vega

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...Carlos Vega, born in Cuba on December 7, 1956, but predominantly based in Los Angeles, California, USA, was a session drummer best known for his performances with singer-songwriter James Taylor. As a drummer, Vega made significant...
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...Nelson Sargento is a Brazilian samba composer and singer as well as a painter, actor, and writer. Having composed over 400 samba songs, Sargento is popularly associated with the history and evolution of the samba genre. Sargento (his stage...

Isabel Parra

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...Violeta Isabel Cereceda Parra is a folk guitarist and a member of the Parra family whose members have played, and continue to play, a significant part in the Chilean folk music scene. Isabel is the daughter of Violeta Parra, considered one...
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...As the international face of Latin American music and culture in the mid-twentieth century, Carmen Miranda emerged from Brazil to become a Hollywood icon. Born in Portugal in 1905, Miranda was christened “Carmen” as a tribute to her...
...Born on January 5, 1915, in Ceará, Brazil, Humberto Cavalcanti Teixeira was a musician and composer, notably known for his works with fellow composer Luiz Gonzaga. At an early age, Teixeira first learned to play the bandolim, or Brazilian...

Victor Jara

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...The tragic career of Victor Jara positioned him as a martyr for the international community of politically active folk artists. Jara was born near Santiago, Chile in 1932 and worked on a farm with his family at the behest of his father...
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...Within the global jazz community, Milton Nascimento’s career has served as reminder of the potential creativity and innovation that can occur within disasporic spaces. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942, Nascimento’s mother was a maid...

Joe Arroyo

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...The Colombian singer Joe Arroyo began singing in his working-class community but eventually rose to become one of the best-known interpreters of Caribbean music in his nation. Born in 1955 in the northern state of Bolivar, Arroyo began...

Gilberto Gil

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...Though Gilberto Gil began as a bossa nova musician, his career saw him play a pivotal role in the development of post-bossa nova urban musical genres and he would link them with political activism. Born in 1942 in Salvador, Brazil...
...Also known as “La Sole,” Soledad Pastorutti is an Argentinean folk singer who is responsible for the revival of Argentinean folk music in the twenty-first century. She is also a film and TV actress and sister of singer Natalia Pastorutti...