Celebrating Sacred to Secular: The Writings of Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
120 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, in her books Altar of My Soul and When the Spirits Dance Mambo, threads the African ritual rhythms to the popular music of the Mambo Era in New York City. Her brother Alberto Moreno, would call his sisters from the historic Palladium dance club to hear Machito and the Afro-Cubans play to the Yoruba god, Shango.
Little is discussed of the important influence of musicians like Chano Pozo, Tito Puente, Ray Barreto, Celia Cruz, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz, La Lupe, Mongo Santamaria, and many others who brought the music and songs from sacred settings to the popular stage which helped sustain the ancient spirits and divinities of Africa in our memories.
Join us for a brief discussion on the history through the experiences of musician Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez, member of the Tito Puente Orchestra and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, author of When the Spirits Dance Mambo and Altar of My Soul.
The discussion will be followed by a live musical presentation by The Dream Team led by Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez providing the audience with the opportunity to dance to music that made the African divinities present in the secular realm.
Program curated by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder of Creative Justice Initiative and Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.
This program is a collaboration of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Creative Justice Initiative. This panel is part of the and Race, Myth, Art, and Justice project.
When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | 120 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035
Admission: $10 In Advance | $15 At the Door | Get Your Tickets
Time: 6PM - 8PM