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Vista LA: The Latino world music renaissance

Six siblings in this tight family have created a special bond as they travel together as performing musicians.
January 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Vista L.A. explores the world music renaissance going on in Los Angeles with Latinos in the driver's seat.KCRW's World Music Renaissance

Garth Trinidad, a D.J. and Radio Host at the Santa Monica College-based KCRW 89.9 FM, is providing a unique platform for bands from Latin America and all over the world to innovate and get exposure [Watch video].

Nacional Records: Musical Independence

L.A.-based Latin Alternative label Nacional Records is paving the way for Latino musicians who think and create "outside the box" to succeed. Founded by Tomas Cookman, the record company has become one of the top indie labels in the country. Many of the artists under the label have won Grammy Awards and sold millions of records worldwide.

"Musica y Sabor" at the Hollywood Bowl

The "Musica y Sabor" exhibit at the Hollywood Bowl Museum honors the history of Latino music at the legendary venue. Iconic Latino artists dating back to 1924 are featured in the exhibit.

The Hollywood Bowl Museum, located at 2301 N. Highland Ave., is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment only, during the off-season. During summer, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until show time and Sunday 4 p.m. until show time. Admission is free year-round.

Gloria Estefan honored

Gloria Estefan - the well-known "Queen of Latin Pop" - paved the way, along with her backup band, the Miami Sound Machine, for wider acceptance of Latino music in the U.S. And ever since, the multi-winning Grammy singer-songwriter has added a few other titles to her resume: author, actress and humanitarian. Now she's adding a new honor and making history, as the first Latina to be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

Mana: A return to music glory

Mexican Rock "en Espanol" pioneers, Mana, are back after a four-year break with their new CD, Drama y Luz. Their legions of fans who waited -- somewhat impatiently -- for the rock greats to start performing again, crowded the streets around Amoeba Music in Hollywood for a chance to meet their idols. Later, the fans were treated to a classic high-energy performance proving that, despite the absence, Mana still rocks.

Ozomatli: A legacy of music & activism

Since 1995, Ozomatli has been playing music that reflects its diverse ethnic make-up. With their message of unity, the band takes its cumbia, salsa, rap, jazz and reggae-influenced songs to countries all over the world - at last count, they had visited forty-seven countries. One of the messages of their charitable work is meditation for kids. For this event, they performed at New Village Charter High School in Los Angeles at the invitation of movie director, David Lynch's Foundation.

Hermanos Herrera: Bonds of music

Six siblings in this high-achieving family hold records of a different sort - all six graduated high school as valedictorians, all are graduated or are going to graduate from UCLA and all six travel together as performing musicians. Hermanos Herrera consists of five brothers and one sister, Rebeca Isabel. The siblings, despite their youth, perform traditional Mexican music focusing on three styles - son Huasteco, son Jarocho and Norte?o.

[Original air date: October 30, 2011]


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