Olga Cerpa & Mestisay

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Olga Cerpa & Mestisay

Part of the ILCC Latino Music Series

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center 4048 W Armitage Ave Chicago, IL 60639

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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Free (with a suggested donation of $10 at the door).

Reservations are strongly recommended!

Co-presented with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

Saturday, February 11th - 8:00 PM

Olga Cerpa is the most important female voice of the Canary Islands. Nominated for two Latin Grammys, she has shared the stage with such artists as Omara Portuondo and Joan Manuel Serrat, among others. Cerpa and Mestisay use "Jallo,” an insular word that refers to the objects that the sea throws to the Canary shores, to create splendid songs inspired by the musical influences that reach the beaches of their native land. Latin America, Portugal, Cape Verde and the African continent leave their mark as they revisit island songs that have been "found" in these years of musical journeys and that they rediscover for themselves and their audience through original arrangements. Olga Cerpa y Mestisay will be presenting their latest production, Palosanto, where they invited 17 renowned guitarists from around the world to record with them.

Canary Islands and Puerto Rico

The commonalities between Canarios and Boricuas have intrigued generations of islanders from both sides of the Atlantic for decades. Probably the most evident similarity between the smallest of the Greater Antilles and the southernmost archipiélago in Spain is found in the language. However, the strong connection between these two cultures goes beyond the Caribbean Spanish accent, and can also be seen in its music, aboriginal roots, and profound ties to the African continent. Join us as we celebrate the music of the Canary Island and Puerto Rico in this special co-production of the International Latino Cultural Center and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.