Fiesta: Canyengue: African Roots – Part 1

Fiesta: Canyengue: African Roots – Part 1

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Canyengue for the crowded dance floor

7/23      Canyengue: African Roots – Part 1

Canyengue is lunfardo (slang) from Rio de la Plata. The word comes from the African KiKongo language and means “melting with the music.” It would be impossible to understand the music of the Americas without the influence of Africanculture. More than 15 million Africans were forcefully brought across the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, the native peoples were almost extinct due to mistreatment and exploitation, but also because of the epidemic diseases carried to the Americas by the Europeans. Genres like jazz, salsa, Brazilian samba or tango from Rio de la Plata, cannot be explained without the African element. These two programs show the African influence on Latin American concert music.