'American Sabor' Smithsonian Exhibit Chronicles Latino Influence in American Music

It's no secret that Latinos have been a great influence throughout U.S. history and that includes music!

“Many of the contributions we have given to society have been somewhat hidden,” said co-curator and professor at the University of Washington, Michelle Habell-Pallán, according to NBC Latino. “Music is a wonderful way to invite all kinds of people to understand the influence of Latino culture in American society.”

The Smithsonian Institute has debuted a traveling exhibition called, "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music." The exhibit opened at CSU Los Angeles on November 16 and will be there until February 9, 2014 before heading to Puerto Rico.

"American Sabor" explores the influence of Latino musicians in post-World War II America through the lens of major centers of Latino music production: New York, San Antonio, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. It will show the influence Latinos have had on jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and hip-hop while also creating new musical traditions, such as mambo and salsa.

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