On November 1st, 2014 I attended EN VIVO Y EN COLOR A Celebration of Latina Heritage Month at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Featured on the program which celebrated Latina Literature were guests authors: Peggy Robles Alvarado, the legendary poet and artist Sandra Maria Esteves, the godmother of the Nuyorican Poetry Movement, Meriam Rodriguez and the NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble. Featured NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble artists were Marcus Persani on Keyboard, Rolando Guerrero on Congas, Ray Martinez on bass and Special Guest Legendary Percussionist Gene Golden. Our host for the evening was poet Americo Casiano Jr.
If you are not familiar with the NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble I highly recommend this group of extraordinary musicians. Their musicianship is impeccable. Belen (a selection) found me dancing to the beautiful African, Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean rythmns. My body becoming an instrument of pure joyful celebration and expression. What a wonderful celebration of Africa’s multi-layered African Latin Caribbean diaspora.
Peggy Alvarado, Sandra Maria Esteves and Meriam Rodriguez were all
incredible! They brought passion, pain, joy, music, herstory and dance. The infusion of Spanish gave their words an added spice and depth. Whether understanding Spanish or not everyone knew and felt what was being shared. They were uncompromising in their voices expression, body movement and woman truth. Congratulations Bronx Literary Festival on a job well done!
Seated in the audience were poets Maria Aponte, Gary Johnston, Founder Blind Beggar Press, Ron Kavanagh, Founder/Editor Mosaic Literary Magazine and yours truly Founder/Executive Director of Poets Network and Exchange. Thank you, to everyone who came out to support.
This program was made possible with a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program through the Bronx Council on the Arts in partnership with Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Literary Festival and private contributions through the Friends of NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble.
©Lorraine Currelley 2014. All Rights Reserved.