In this Globe Trekker Special, with presenters Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Eils Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding, we travel all across South America, to Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil – in search of the continent’s Top 10 adventures.
In at the top of our Top Ten South American adventures, Matt Young travels to Guyana, trekking up-river through the rainforest that covers 80 per cent of the country to the dramatic Kaieteur waterfall. With a sheer drop of nearly 250 metres, this rarely visited natural wonder is five times the height of Niagara Falls.
Peruvian American composer Gabriela Lena Frank showcases her unique music making process.
The Chicano Wave
Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage.
Divas and Superstars
Explore the Latin Pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven Pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions – Spanish language rap, reggaeton, as well as rock en Español.
Trace the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha as they swept the U.S. from East to West. Examine how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s.
The Salsa Revolution
Explore how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the son cubano and the plena from Puerto Rico by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa, which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.
Natalia Lafourcade on Austin City Limits
Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with funky grooves.
Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits
The band’s incendiary live show, which NPR describes as “seamless…whenever and wherever they’re on stage,” has brought the band to major festivals and venues as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain U.S. troops. They served as the backing band on several occasions for Prince, who praised them as “real musicians playing real music.”
Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) hosts the 29th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program features top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the honorees, who this year include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author Junot Díaz and actress and singer Angelica Maria, among others.
Drummer and percussionist Sheila E. hosts a concert special that showcases artists performing Latin-infused arrangements of the songs on Tony Succar’s album Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson. The concert, taped in Miami, features live performances of Jackson hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.” Among the performers are Jon Secada, Angel Lopez, Michael Stuart, Obie Bermúdez, Jennifer Peña and Kevin Ceballo.
Learn how Asian Americans, black millennials, Arab Americans and Latino evangelicals are all exerting their growing strength and influence as voters in this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy.
Explore the case of Mexican-American women who claim they were coercively sterilized at a Los Angeles hospital in the late 1960s and 1970s. Meet the mothers, young Chicana lawyers and whistle- blowing doctors who exposed the shocking practice.