Jorge Drexler will offer a cultural workshop in Madrid on the importance of Afro-descendant music in Ibero-American identity
The Ibero-American ambassador of culture and Uruguayan singer, together with the candombe troupe La Melaza and the Afro-Peruvian musician Mariella Köhn, will perform on January 24 at the Gabriela Mistral Amphitheater in the Spanish capital
The Ibero-American ambassador of the Uruguayan singer and culture Jorge Drexler will lead a cultural meeting and workshop at Casa de América in Madrid this Tuesday, January 24
The Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and Casa de América, which unite ties between Spain and Latin America present the Uruguayan musician and composer Jorge Drexler at a meeting and a cultural workshop with the participation of the Uruguayan candombe troupe La Melaza and the Afro-Peruvian musician Mariella Köhn.
Jorge Drexler is one of the Ibero-American Ambassadors of Culture appointed by SEGIB in recent years to promote values of solidarity , plurality and respect for the diversity of Latin America.
Drexler will delve into the importance of the contribution of people of African descent to the Ibero-American identity.
These activities will also include the participation of the general director of Casa de América, Enrique Ojeda< /b>; the secretary for Ibero-American cooperation of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (Segib), Lorena Larios, and the RTVE journalist, Ebbaba Hameida.
The Montevidean candombe, with Afro roots, is recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and has a significant role in the culture of Uruguay. It arose from the arrival of African slaves in America and today is expressed from a fusion of musical, religious and dance aspects of various African ethnic origins. There are manifestations of candombe in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
On the other hand, Mariella Köhn is a Peruvian singer and musicologist who explores African roots in Peruvian and Latin American music; she is also president of the Afro-American Association Count and Sing.
the contributions that Afro-descendants make to the Ibero-American identity, as well as making visible the role that Afro-American music plays on many occasions in the defense of diversity and the rights of Afro-descendants and women.
January 24 is the World Day of African and Afro-descendant Culture; With this activity “it is intended to recognize the contribution that Afro-descendants make to the Ibero-American identity and make visible the role that Afro-American music plays on many occasions in the defense of diversity and the rights of Afro-descendants and women,” according to the organizers of the event.
The Casa de América amphitheater has been named after the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. A diplomat and educator, she was the first person from Latin America to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, an award she received in 1945.
It will be held on Tuesday January 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gabriela Mistral Amphitheater located at Calle Marqués del Duero, 2. Free admission until full capacity is reached.
In addition , it can be followed live from the Casa de América YouTube channel.
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