[act-ma] 12/03 THE SUGAR ROAD

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Wed Nov 28 06:42:23 PST 2018

Leo Blanco would like to invite you all this Monday Dec 3rd 1pm to this 
new project I am working on: *THE SUGAR ROAD*
A New Perspective to learn about Latin America’s Folk Music.

*SUGAR* - Both a sweet and a sour experience. It can boost our energy up 
and make us smile, but it can also be bad for our health and has left a 
bitter stain on the history of humankind.
Join me, along with my colleagues, Fernando Brandao, Bethram Lehmann and 
Ron Reid talking about: Brazil, Cuba & all British Caribbean Islands 
respectively and a special guest Dominican Republic's folk percussionist 
Valdez, who talk and perform son traditional rhythms from Dominican 
Republic. An opportunity to learn how the music of Latin America was 
shaped by the history of Sugar and its economy. This event will be part 
of *THE SUGAR ROAD PROJECT*, and it is the second in a series of 
presentations I am conducting as part of The Berklee College of Music 
FLY Grant.

We will have an open discussion on how our thirst for sugar more than 
400 years ago, was the engine for one of the worst atrocities in the 
history of civilization: the transatlantic slave trade, and how, 
consequently, it also shaped the music of the Americas.

Open to the public
A free event
Leo Blanco

Monday Dec 3rd 1-3pm.
At Berklee College of Music
The Loft (3rd floor, Room 221)
921 Boylston Street, Boston

Flyer at


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