Hailed by the Western media as the "reigning regents of rumba," "the essence of Cuba's musical soul," and "truly keepers of a sacred flame," Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are the undisputed masters of Afro-Cuban ritual music. Founded in 1952, the group is a veritable orchestra of rhythms. Three generations of dancer/singers of an extended family of musicians and dancers, the ensemble remains a seminal force in the development of Afro-Cuban dance, song, and percussion. Matanzas is the most vital African city in the Western Hemisphere, and the music of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas keeps alive 500 years of the vibrant culture of the African diaspora intrinsic to Cuba's living legacy. $39, $35; CMA members $38, $34
Generous support for Faces of Latina Performers is provided by Kathryn Karipides and David Brown in memory of their beloved friend May Chicris.
These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund. Media sponsor is WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream.