Latin Music USA "The Chicano Wave" & "Divas and Superstars"

Latin Music USA "The Chicano Wave" & "Divas and Superstars"

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 8:00pm

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Tune in to celebrate the great American music created by Latinos.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WXXI presents Latin Music USA airing Sunday, October 1 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World. Revealing the Latin sounds that have influenced the music of great American artists from the Drifters to the Isley Brothers to Santana, the documentary aims to reach lovers of music everywhere, along with fans of American history and everyone who loves to dance.

Narrated by acclaimed Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning actor Jimmy Smits, the series features the stories of Latino artists Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana, the Fania All-Stars, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, and Ricky Martin, along with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage.

The life experiences of the artists featured in the documentary reveal how Latinos have reinvented their music in the United States and forged new identities within this country, while never losing sight of their own rich traditions.

The Chicano Wave: Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. This episodes shows how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled them from the barrio to the national stage.

Divas and Superstars: The final hour focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the 21st 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 like Spanish rap and Reggaetón, as well as Rock en Español.