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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
HONDURAN SINGER-SONGWRITER GUILLERMO ANDERSON PERFORMS NOV. 1
Guillermo Anderson, the leading singer-songwriter in Honduras, will present
Songs from The Honduran Caribbean Coast at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.
1, in Space Place Theatre in the University of Iowa North Hall. The concert
will be free and open to the public.
Anderson will perform solo and join in conversation with interested members
of the audience after the concert.
Anderson was invited to the UI by ethnomusicologist T.M Scruggs from the
UI School of Music. While on campus, Anderson will give a class on Garífuna
(Black Carib) music and socially conscious music in Central America
in Scruggs class Music of Latin America and the Caribbean at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building.
Scruggs explained, The Garífuna people are a mixture of Carib
and African that were exiled in the late 1700s by the British from St. Lucia
to the coast of what is now Honduras, from which they have spread up and down
the Caribbean coast. Their musics rhythm and dancing developed into
the contemporary popular music style called punta, which has become famous
throughout Latin America in the last 15 years.
Anderson infuses his music with the Garifuna musical culture of his
native Caribbean coast. One of his songs, En mi país (In
my country) has become the unofficial national anthem of Honduras. His group,
La Ceibana, has toured extensively, and he performed to here to great acclaim
here last year.
He has three CDs, the latest of which is part of a wonderful book on
the north coast of Honduras called Of Time and the Tropics: Honduras.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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