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The mission of Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival is to celebrate and honor the music that has transcended borders and time to reflect the lived experiences of migrants living in the US. Latinx music is an element of identity and resistance that mirrors the complexity of the diaspora. Our music recounts the ancestral memories of struggles and moments of happiness which still hold true to many migrants today and for the ones left behind. The term Latinx is intentionally part of the title to acknowledge the contributions of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, in the creation of our musical heritage. Mi Gente! Will showcase musicians that, represent the diversity of rhythms that exist in Latin America: from the beautiful indigenous sounds honoring Pachamama (Mother Earth), to the drums of our African Ancestors, and the adoption of new instruments introduced through colonization. Mi Gente! serves as a link to connect the Latinx community across The Bronx and New York City.
Mi Gente! is a community collaboration aimed at highlighting the traditional and contemporary music rhythms of Latin America, particularly in the borough of the Bronx home to the majority of New York City's Latin American residents.
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