Sol Y Canto: The Roots of Latin Music

SYC_ColorFor 16 years, Latin American Music has had no better ambassadors than Brian and Rosi Amador. With their old band, Flor de Cana and their new group, Sol y Canto, they have introduced hundreds of thousands of North Americans to the diverse splendor of Latin music, from traditional Afro-Latin styles to pop hybrids like the tango and bolero.

Singer Rosi Amador handles the business for Sol y Canto (which translates as “sun and song”). The group can perform as a duo, a trio or a sextet. Brian Amador, the music director, arranger, and frequent composer, encourages the group to delve deeply into their own various native Latin traditions. Rosi and Brian are joined by percussionist Renato Thoms (Panama), vocalist and wind player Alan del Castillo (Puerto Rico), bassist Carlos del Pino (Cuba), wind/reed player Jon “Chuco” Weeks (New Hampshire, USA) and keyboardist Eduardo Tancredi (Uruguay). Each member of the group, given such diverse musical and ethnic backgrounds, brings something unique to the group. Most of the places they play are not specific Latin venues, but folk festivals, clubs, museums, or colleges.

Sol y Canto A lot of popular Latin music today is commercial, much like American pop sung in Spanish. Sol y Canto plays in the authentic Latin groove, with strong African elements in the drumming and the call and response singing, as well as the delicate intricacy of the Spanish guitar.

canto2Sol y Canto has won numerous awards, including “Best of Boston 1996,” 1995 Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Latin Act, and wide recognition and acclaim throughout the United States. They have performed for the White House Easter Celebration (1999), Kennedy Center Millenium Concert Series (1999), and on public radio.

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