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La Plaza
Sol Y Canto
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

This La Plaza concert by the local band offers up an energetic mix of Latin, Caribbean and Flamenco rhythms. Shot in Studio A in January '99 as part of the series' 20th anniversary celebration. Voted "Best of Boston" for Latin rhythms by Boston Magazine, Sol y Canto serves up a rich stew of Latin, Caribbean, and flamenco songs and rhythms. Rooted in the Nueva Canción (New Song) Latin American musical movement, Sol y Canto performs original compositions as well as those of traditional and contemporary Latin American composers. The Boston Globe hailed the ensemble as "…an ebullient Latin band…destined for international renown." Led by the husband-and-wife team of Brian and Rosi Amador, two of the founding members of the group Flor de Caña, Sol y Canto has released two albums on Rounder Records: Sancocho (1994) and Sendero del Sol (1996). The group performs "Tambor y Guitarra" and "Arco Iris," two original songs by Brian Amador. Showing their fluency with music from around the Spanish-speaking world, Sol y Canto plays the Afro-Peruvian landó "Azucar de Caña", "Que Bonita Luna" from Puerto Rico, the Cuban son "Son de la Loma", and "Filhos de Ghandi", a Brazilian song which draws on the flamenco tradition of Spain. Sol y Canto is Rosi Amador (vocals, small percussion, bongo), Brian Amador (vocals, guitar), Fernando Huergo (bass), Andrew Rathbun (saxophone, flute), Eduardo Tancredi (keyboards, accordion), and Renato Thomas (congas, cajón).



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Sol Y Canto,” 04/24/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_890096DB54334984A42A76749DA33255.
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