Expert to speak on how Latinos have affected pop music in US

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District Plaza Branch Library and Humanities Washington will host a community conversation with Antonio Davidson-Gomez, a musician, educator and member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event will take place 6 p.m. May 9 at the Plaza Branch Library, 1640 Plaza Way.

Davidson-Gómez will discuss what’s in a pop song, as there may be stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style and even a song’s structure can show how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities.

Typically Latin styles such as salsa, Tejano and reggaetón as well as Latinos’ integral contributions to rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop and country will be discussed.

Through a hands-on experience, audience members will be able to play instruments from U.S. Latino and Latin American traditions and literally connect the dots on a map to see how Latinos have contributed to popular music in the U.S.

Davidson-Gómez is the educational services manager at KCTS 9 public television, where he also developed bilingual programming for Vme, the Spanish-language sister network of PBS. He wrote the online teacher course for the Experience Music Project Museum’s “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” and developed a world-music class combining cultural study with music and ethnography.

For more information, contact Joel Gaytan, joel@wwrurallibrary.com or 509-525-5161.

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