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Puerto Rican Plena Still Strong

As this week Puerto Rico commemorates its "discovery" by Columbus (November 19) in 1493, our folk rhythm of "Plena" is still going strong over a century after its origin. Note: this blog was originally published in 2010, when this rhythm…

History of El Gran Combo: the 2020s

Like everyone else in the music business, El Gran Combo was impacted at the start of the 2020 decade by the Covid-19 pandemic. And like several other artists, the band tried to make good use of the performing downtime. 2020 Virtual…

Sylvia Rexach at 100 Years

This year we commemorate 100 years of Sylvia Rexach's birthday, and what a better way to do it by highlighting her achievements on International Women's Day. A True Latina Pioneer Sylvia was a trailblazing woman and a versatile artist…

Why do Tunas Play at Christmas?

Why is it that in Puerto Rico I only hear the Tunas Estudiantinas at Christmas time? I don't know if the same thing happens in other countries. However, the other day I asked myself this cultural question. In this category, I include the…