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Event Concerts and Performances Homegrown: Changüí Majadero

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

  • This event will be livestreamed on Facebook External and YouTube External. It will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library's Event Videos collection.

  • Where: Online Only

Part of Hispanic Heritage Month ; Homegrown Concerts and Interviews

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Founded by tres guitarist and vocalist Gabriel García, Changüí Majadero was the result of García’s pivotal pilgrimage to the Guantanamo region of Cuba, where he learned the changüí from the living masters of the style and was inspired to spread the spirit of Cuban folkloric music mixed with a dash of East Los Angeles grit. Changüí is the predecessor of son cubano and salsa, a style of music specifically from the region of Guantanamo, Cuba. Its origins can be traced back to the 1800s, during the days of slavery in Cuba. Changüí is to Cuba & Latin America what the blues & early jazz is to American music.  Changüí Majadero has played their modern take on changüí in such disparate settings such as Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and even Dodger Stadium. They performed in the AFC’s Archive Challenge Showcase at Folk Alliance International in 2020.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, please join us to watch this presentation as it premieres on both the American Folklife Center Facebook page at and the Library’s YouTube site at The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites and on the Library of Congress website at .