May 16, 2016

Dancers perform samba de roda, a traditional dance and music genre from Brazil.Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County. The Series is designed to strengthen intercultural arts networks and to offer opportunities for traditional and tradition-based artists and arts advocates to learn from one another through intimate discussion, technical assistance, skill-building, networking, and sharing community-based arts and culture.

The Roundtable Series in Los Angeles County will kick off this summer with two events — Bantu: The Central African Legacy in Afro-Latin Popular Music on June 12 and Turntables and Traditional Music: Exploring Multiculturalism Through Vinyl Records on July 14 — and will continue to offer programs throughout the year at various arts venues.


Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
11928 W Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066

Bantu: The Central African Legacy in Afro-Latin Popular Music
The Black music of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and the Caribean coast of Central America are close cousins, sharing a similar history of slavery and European colonization. However, little focus is given to the fact that the popular music and round dances have their roots in the Central African Kingdom of Kongo, in the diverse peoples that make up the Bantu ethno-linguistic group. Join ACTA Program Specialist Beto González and our distinguished guests for a multidisciplinary sharing event, exploring the subtle threads that unite these Afro-Latin musical traditions.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Trópico de Nopal Gallery Art-Space
1665 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Turntables and Traditional Music: Exploring Multiculturalism Through Vinyl Records.
A roundtable discussion with some of L.A.’s most influential world music DJs. As collectors of rare vinyl recordings and curators of long-running dance gatherings, DJs wield enormous influence on a community’s exposure to international/traditional music that rarely gets airplay on mainstream radio. Exploring world musical soundscapes, often with no connection to a culture other than an “ear” for good music, our featured guests are part of a generation of DJs and musicians who have been at the forefront of the Los Angeles global music scene.

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These events are FREE and open to the public.

ACTA’s Roundtable Series is generously supported by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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