A*cute Review: American Sabor

by Jackie

It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in DC for almost ten years. Though I thought there was nothing left for me to discover after being here for so long, a friend and I decided to be tourists one random summer Saturday and stumbled upon the Smithsonian’s International Gallery in the Ripley Center. Surprisingly, the little dome-shaped building is actually a pretty expansive museum with rich cultural exhibits. Unsurprisingly, my favorite is the American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music. I was excited that the exhibit illustrated the full journey of Latino music through outlining the important roles that immigration, socio-economics, and the diversity within the Latino culture played in creating the different musical genres that are collectively known as “Latin music” in the U.S. today.

Dance your way through the exhibit through October 9. Visit https://americansabor.org for more information.

Azucar! Tribute to Cuban singer Celia Cruz, "Queen of Salsa."

I was especially proud of the Reggaeton piece that gave Panama its proper credit for being the birthplace of the genre.

The exhbit included booths for visitors to truly experience the flavor of Latin music. I loved isolating the different layers of instruments and vocals with mixing board.


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