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Misa Jíbara: Legacy of Pedro Escabí

During the Christmas season, many Puerto Rican churches transform their hymns into jíbaro rhythms. We owe this modality of the Misa Jíbara to the late professor and folklorist Pedro Escabí. When in the early 1960s the Vatican Council II…

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…