John Santos Hosts Series on Afro-Latin Liberation Music at MoAD


Renowned Bay Area percussionist John Santos will collaborate with SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in a six-week lecture series called “The Sounds of Resistance.”

Music and dance remain foundation tools in the identity and documentation of the Afro/Latino/Indigenous peoples of the colonized Americas. As such, the arts become weapons of mass construction, giving hope, courage, clarity and love to countless distressed communities. Many musicians have forsaken the stardom attached to music in the Western world in order to preserve musical traditions that must evolve, but must not perish. This dynamic series will uncover Latin America’s long history of the musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change. Joining Santos for the first session is Bay Area multi instrumentalist and native Venezuelan musician-educator, Jackeline Rago and her group. Santos closes out the series with a performance by his Quartet and special guest, spoken word artist Rico Pabón.

John Santos’ acclaimed yearly series of lectures on the roots of Latin Jazz and Salsa is the longest ongoing series of its kind in existence. He has presented rotating and evolving versions of the series consistently since 1977 in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Precita Valley Community Center, the Mission Cultural Center, the Mission Neighborhood Center, La Raza Graphics, La Peña Cultural Center, and now for the last seven years at the Museum of the African Diaspora under the auspices of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SFJAZZ and MoAD.

The series will run on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. beginning August 9 through September 13 and will take place at the MoAD, 685 Mission Street in San Francisco.

August 9: Class 1. Colombia / Venezuela w/ Jackeline Rago & friends
August 16: Class 2. Cuba
August 23: Class 3. Salsa
August 30: Class 4. Brazil
September 6: Class 5. Puerto Rico
September 13: Class 6. Jazz Latino & Spoken Word w/ the John Santos Quartet & Rico Pabon

Members: $15 per class / $75 full series
Public: $20 per class / $100 full series
Get one class FREE when you purchase the entire series!

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