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Oct. 9, 2003

Honduran Singer-Songwriter Guillermo Anderson Plays At UI Oct. 20

Guillermo Anderson, the leading singer-songwriter in Honduras, will present "Songs from the Honduran Caribbean Coast" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Space Place Theater in North Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Anderson was invited to the UI by ethnomusicologist T.M Scruggs from the UI School of Music. He will perform solo and join in conversation with interested members of the audience after the concert.

"Anderson infuses his music with the Garifuna musical culture of his native Caribbean coast," Scruggs explained. "The Garifuna 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 music's rhythm and dancing developed into the contemporary popular music style called punta, which has become famous throughout Latin America in the last 15 years.

"One of Anderson's songs, 'En mi pais' (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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