Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio (Paperback)
A collection of 150 stories about music from all over Latin America, including Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, as well as Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The stories were originally broadcast on public radio programs on NPR, PRX's The World, BCC, KPCC and Latino USA. The book contains 12 chapters, each following a specific narrative: music and identity; education, community building, immigration, women's empowerment, adversity, social unrest and violence, instruments, producers, place and nation; the music of Brazil, Cuba music and the diaspora. The book's main focus is Latin American music from across the continent, with an emphasis on the music of Latinos and other ethnic groups in Los Angeles. The book also tells a personal story: the author's constant, tireless search for stories that help explain how complex and diverse humans are and how we share something so special that brings us together: music. This edition includes illustrations by Alec Dempster.