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So, Am I Latin American Music?

So, Am I Latin American Music?

By Mati Homar
This podcast is a journey into the diversity from South American culture. Exploring the concept of folkloric music through dialogues with musicians and researchers from different parts of the region. And this concept exemplified with excerpts of music that shows the varied and rich music life. The ultimate goal is to trigger further dialogue and debates around the musical backgrounds we all have.
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S01E08 - The Role of Women in Folk Music - The Driving Strength of Transformation
For this episode, powerful women share their experiences and thoughts. History, backgrounds, experiences, dreams, determinations, are just some of the things that let us understand the importance and the power of the role of women in folkloric manifestations and,  in general, music. These group of women are a few of an immense amount of inspiring and encouraging artists that work hard and with a shinning spirit to advance towards a more egalitarian world. This is my humble homage to them and the ones before and after them. Artists on this Episode: Nora Benaglia - Maimará, Jujuy - Noelia Gareca - San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy - Victoria Cataldi - Salta, Salta - Cecilia Espinosa - Salta, Salta Rocío Palazzo - Chivilcoy, Buenos Aires  - Lorena Astudillo - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires - Music on this Episode: Ahora - Nora Benaglia Vientito de Tilcara - Nora Benaglia Baguala Majana - Noelia Gareca Don Modesto Villanueva - Noelia Gareca Barro Tal Vez - L.A. Spinetta & Mercedes Sosa Imposibles - Victoria Cataldi & Eloy Notario Baguala Desengaño - Victoria Cataldi & Eloy Notario Quedándote o Yéndote - Victoria Cataldi & Eloy Notario Bajo del Árbol un Tambor - La Melaza Candombe Mariposas - Berta Pereyra y las Comadres Colores en el Aura - Berta Pereyra y las Comadres Zapatero a tu Zapato - Berta Pereyra y las Comadres Pecado de Juventud- Rocío Palazzo Grupo Mariposa de Seda - Lorena Astudillo Canta, Baila, Sueña y Anda - Lorena Astudillo Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
December 22, 2020
S01E07 - Heart of the Music - Percussion, Drums, Rhythms and Roots
For this episode we have people dedicated to the music using the percussion or drums as their main instruments. From different regions and with different experiences the participants on this occasion share with us their connection with music and their approach to the study and production of  music. Artists on this Episode: Claudio Ledesma Uli Gómez Jonatan Szer Ana Poggioli Music on this Episode: Mi Principio y Fin - Rubén Chamé Malambo Denso - Rubén Chamé Qomlashe / Soy Mujer del Pueblo Qom - Ema Cuañeri & Uli Gómez Mashe ie na hamapole / Maduración de la algarroba - Ema Cuañeri & Uli Gómez Alo / Creación del Pueblo Qom - Ema Cuañeri & Uli Gómez Sheğevo / Adiós Amigos - Ema Cuañeri & Uli Gomez Saracueca - Embichadero Pájaro Corsario - Embichadero Fragata - Embichadero Los Mineros Potosinos - Sara Mamaní Cantos de Tierra - Sara Mamaní Corazón de Arena - Sara Mamaní Albeana - Sandra Aguirre Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
August 07, 2020
Trailer - So, Am I Latin American Music?
Brief introduction to the overall idea behind the podcast. "So, Am I Latin American Music?" is a podcast that travels through different regions in South America. It is a journey shared with different artists and authors that tell their own stories of music, folklore and the cultures the come from. Heritage, history and current transformations are part of the dialogues with each of the artists while listening to musics that are representations of the variety and rich cultural manifestations from this part of the Americas. 
July 24, 2020
S01E06 - Candomblé, Candombe and Rio de La Plata Music - Poetry and Popular Song.
On this episode we are traveling from the North of Brazil all the way down to El Río de La Plata where we meet with the Candombe. On this trip we get closer to cultural manifestations that show more evidently their relation with the Afro musics. With the help from Maria Figueredo's book "Poesía y Música Popular: Su Convergencia en el Siglo XX (Poetry and Popular Music: Their convergence in the XX Century)," we start to explore the tight link between music and poetry and the importance of this relationship in the Popular Music from Latin America. Artists on this episode: Ramiro Gonzalo (La Plata) Santiago Ávila (La Plata) Cecilia Espinosa (Salta) Ana Archetti (La Plata) Author on this Episode: Maria Figueredo (Toronto, Canada) Music on this Episode: El Avenido - Cecilia Segura, Santiago Ávila and Matías Homar Ijexa - Saci's Project Melodía Anónima - Bruno Fitte, Javier Marazitta and Santiago Ávila Exú - Grupo Ofa Yasan-oya - Nation Angola Paisaje - Cristián Vassilion Montevideo - Cuarteto Rica Cosa Umbral del Socavón - Leo Goldstein Remedio de Sol - Cecilia Espinosa Bajo el árbol un tambor - Lágrima Ríos Cantaré - Ana Archetti Cuerpo y Alma - Eduardo Mateo - Ana Archetti's rendition Azul Luz - Trío Familia Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
July 22, 2020
S01E05 - Identity and Popular Song - Música Andina
On this episode we travel back to the North region of Argentina and go further north to Bolivia and Peru. Irene López, the author of the book "Discursos Identitarios en el Folklore de Salta," will be sharing herself some ideas on one of the subjects that has been at the center of ours discussions. The relation between Identities, Popular Songs and Folklore. We will also listen to talk about a genre that generally is not included as part of the Folklore, La Cumbia. There are many genres in this rich region of the Americas that are not consider as part of the folkloric music and, I personally, start putting under a more thorough scrutiny "what does Folklore mean?" Artists on this episode: Gustavo Cruz (Jujuy) Micaela Chauque (Jujuy) Author on this Episode: Irene López (Salta) Music on this Episode: Recuerdos del Portezuelo - Torta Qori Warmi - Torja Qori Kinto - Gustavo Cruz Inmoral - Combo Locoto Danza de los Mirlos - Compilation of Cumbia Chicha Penas de Amor - Los Kjarkas Flor de la Quebrada - Micaela Chauque Danza Irregular - J. J. Botelli Salteño Viejo - J. J. Botelli La Felipe Varela - J. J. Botelli Toccata - J. J. Botelli Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
July 15, 2020
S01E04 - Litoral and Pampeano Folklore - Racial Imagination
In this occasion we dive into other regions from Argentina. The Pampa Region and the Litoral Region. Both located to the center of Argentina. By the experiences and the knowledge from the great artists that join us on this episode we will discover the differences between this regions and the one that we have been discussing on the previous episodes. The big One concept that this episodes talks about is "Racial Imagination." With the support from Julio Mendívil's book (Against the Music) we will identify this concept with what happened to the African cultures that are closely related with how the folkloric music in South America is described many times. These are reductions of the great and rich complexities from the popular or folk musics. Artists on this episode: Ernesto Méndez (Santa Fé) Victoria García (La Plata) Hernán Rodríguez (La Plata) Rocío Palazzo (Chivilcoy) Music on this episode: Viejo Caa Catí - Ernesto Méndez El Cualunque - Ernesto Méndez Pueblero - Ernesto Méndez Km 11 - Raúl Barboza Canción de la Calandria - Ernesto Méndez A Veces Ud. - Vicky García & Matias Homar (Lyrics by Osvaldo Garrido) Milonga del Tiempo - La Otra Campana Brotecitos de Vos - La Otra Campana Perambulator - Fela Kuti Baayo - Baab Maal Ewe Drumming in Ghana Nizalwa Ngobani - Thandiswa Mazwai Palabras para mi Madre - Hernán Rodríguez A Trenque Lauquen - La Otra Campana Gatito de mis Pagos - Rocío Palazzo Grupo Pasarero - Rocío Palazzo Grupo La Pobrecita - Rocío Palazzo & Ignacio Viano El Arriero - Rocío Palazzo & Ignacio Viano Books on this episode: En Contra de la Música (Against the Music) - Julio Mendívil Links: Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
July 06, 2020
S01E03 - Chacarera - Folklore and Popular Music as Productions of Social Discourses
On this episode we continue reflecting on some concepts from Irene López and, at the same time, we'll dive into the Chacarera. Another genre of the popular music in Argentina linked to musics from other regions and periods of time. On this occasion, music will be the center of the episode, meaning that there will be longer sections with music sounding at full volume. In this way, I want to engage people with the music itself and use the more 'theoretical' discussion as a way in which we can reflect about the music that is sounding, and hopefully, will keep sounding on each person after the podcast. Artists on this episode: Adrián Liendro (Salta) Néstor Gómez (La Plata) Carlos Fernando Vargas (Salta) Music on this episode: La Finadita - Chango Farías Gómez La del Campo - Cuartoelemento La llamadora - Cuartoelemento Chacarera del Silbador - Eduardo Falú Salamanqueando pa’ mi - Raúl Carnota Chacarera del Cantor - Mario Arnedo Gallo La Yusberiana - Juan Falú Chacarera - Esperanza Spalding Comadre Dora - Carlos Fernando Vargas Puente Carretero - Peteco Carabajal Chacarera del Oscuro - Carlos Fernando Vargas Maricón - Aca Seca Trío Chacarera Trunca - Atahualpa Yupanqui Chacarera de la Patria Financiera - Imaymana Dúo En la Via - Carlos Aguirre Books on this episode: Discursos identitarios en el folklore de salta (Identity Discourses of the folkloric music from Salta) - Irene López La Chacarera bien Mensurada (Chacarera well measured) - Alberto Abecasis Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar  Cover Art: Matías Homar  Facebook: matiashomarcompo  Website:
June 29, 2020
S01E02 - The depths of Folklore and the Zamba
On this Episode, we will dive into the depths of the concept of Folklore and Popular Song. At the same time, we will look closer into on of the genres from the folkloric music in South America, the Zamba. Through the explanations from different authors like Saúl Domínguez Saldívar, Irene López and Rodolfo Kusch, we'll discuss the origins of the Zamba and of the Popular Song related to the folklore and the authentic thinking from Latin America. In this discussion, the words and reflections from the artist Carlos Fernando Vargas, Silvana Irigoyen Nadia Szachniuk and Lorena Astudillo, will shade light on the meanings of the concepts being discussed. And they'll do it from their own experiences as thinkers and artists that spend their lives dedicated to create, reflect and engage in dialogues about the significance of music. And as an anticipation of a continuous debate, Lorena Astudillo and Nadia Szachniuk will share their reflections on the role of the women in the folkloric music and in the music in general. The books used for this podcast are: La Zamba: historia, autores y letras (La zamba: history, authors and lyrics) - Saúl Domínguez Saldívar Discursos identitarios en el folklore de salta (Identity Discourses of the folkloric music from Salta) - Irene López Indigenous and Popular Thinking in America - Rodolfo Kusch El oficio del árbol (The tree's barter) - Manuel J. Castilla  The music on this podcast is: Juan Panadero - Cuarto Elemento Coplas del Olvido - Silvana Irigoyen, Lara Valdivia and Matias Homar Zamba - Compilation from Carlos Vega Cueca - Compilation from Carlos Vega Sin Ella vienen los días - Carlos Fernando Vargas and Diego León El Fiero Arias - Carlos Fernando Vargas and Melania Pérez Si Llegara a Ser Tucumana - Cuchi Leguizamón Zamba para los Amigos - Lorena Astudillo Coplas al Agua - Aca Seca Trío Camino del Indio - Las Voces Blancas Zamba del Laurel - Dúo Salteño Letanía del Lapacho - Nadia Szachniuk and Patricio Gómez Saavedra Antorcha - Nadia Szachniuk and Seva Castro Lapachos del Río Chico - Nadia Szachniuk and Patricio Gómez Zamba para la Viuda - Lorena Astudillo Zamba de Argamonte - Lorena Astudillo Zamba para mis Hermanos - Lorena Astudillo Femener - Silvia Aramayo Lorena Astudillos's playlist on Spotify: Opening and closing song: Bos A Nos - Matías Homar Cover Art: Matías Homar Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website:
June 23, 2020
S01E01 - First steps into a cultural journey
On this first episode, I share the first definitions of the music that I'm gonna be exploring from my personal background, perspective and from others. My hope is to give a glimpse of an immense diversity of musical manifestations. Let the music transport you into a colorful world varied and expressive from South America.  On this first episode most of the music will be from Argentina but as we continue to explore this world, musics and other artistic manifestations will submerge us into a deeper journey of discovery. Artists on this podcast Mariano Pedraza (Salta) Adrián Liendro (Salta) Mara Szachniuk (Salta/Francia) Paula Lico (Salta/Buenos Aires) China Romano (NYC/Florida) Federico Jaureguiberry (La Plata) Books and Authors Identity Discourses in the Folk Music From Salta - Irene López Against the Music - Julio Mendívil Songs and Authors Sapo Cancionero - Los Chalchaleros Merceditas - Luis Viconti Munasquechay - Los Kjarkas Lejos de Buenos Aires - Roberto Goyeneche Zamba de Lozano - Guillermo Klein Chacarera del Expediente - Cuchi Leguizamón La Sixto Violín - Raúl Carnota Botija de mi País - Rubén Rada and Eduardo Mateo Negra Presuntuosa - Susana Baca Um a zero - Pixinguinha Entre San Juan y Mendoza - Los Chalchaleros Alfonsina y el Mar - Mercedes Sosa Selección de Huayños Peruanos: Negra del Alma, En el Fondo - Los de Pukara Balada para el Mono - Cuchi Leguizamón Zamba del Espejo - Cuchi Leguizamón Oración del Remanso - Nahuel Penisi and Manuel Moreira Facebook: matiashomarcompo Website: Opening and closing theme: Bos A Nos (Matías Homar) Cover Art: Matías Homar
June 09, 2020