Raíces, Rutas, y Ritmos: The Influence of Latin American Music in North Carolina
A photography exhibition by Roderico Yool Diaz
Doors will be open/unlocked in the Franklin Center: May, Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 pm. June to August, Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 pm, Fridays 3:00-5:00 pm.
"For nearly half a century, Latino/a/x* communities across North Carolina have played an important role in re-shaping the local and regional cultural footprint. However, the creative contributions of Latino/a/x people are often overlooked in narratives of migration and labor in the United States. This exhibit highlights the importance of music-making among these North Carolinians, as well as the prominence of Latin American-derived music in the Triangle area. This exhibit aims to show that in North Carolina, music is at the center of how these communities maintain relationships with their places of origin, navigate shifting social circumstances, and cultivate new ideas of home and belonging. The stories and voices present in this exhibit are not complete. They represent only a fraction of Latin American-derived traditions in North Carolina and cannot capture the diversity of North Carolina's Latino/a/x communities. Rather, these photos represent the beginning of a more intentional effort to document migrant music and musicians in North Carolina. This exhibit is an invitation to celebrate the raíces, rutas, and ritmos of Latino/a/x North Carolinians."