Dancing at the Palladium Ballroom (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The new exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music looks at Latinos’ roles in shaping U.S. popular music through the lens of five American cities: New York, L.A., San Francisco, San Antonio, and Miami. The show addresses themes of migration, cultural cross pollination, and racial politics, and explores how social and musical intermixing helped spawn an array of musical genres including the Salsa, the Boogaloo, Chicano punk, and Reggaeton.
Last week I spoke with curator Marisol Berrios-Miranda about American Sabor. We discussed the origins of Salsa music, the scene at New York’s Palladium Ballroom, where performers like Tito Puente became famous in the 1950s, as well as the ways that food has influenced Latin music.
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