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Quetzal - "Cielito Lindo" & "Tragafuegos" [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2014]
Quetzal, a music group from East Los Angeles, combines elements of Mexican música ranchera, salsa, Chicano rock, R&B, and international popular music. During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, Quetzal performed "Cielito Lindo," inspired by the late Smithsonian Folkways artist, Pete Seeger. They also performed "Tragafuegos (Fire Breathers)," a song from their album 'Imaginaries.' Videography by John Wetmore, Ed Fry, Max Lenik, Abby Sternberg Edited by Nicholas Mangialardi 'Imaginaries' available on CD and Digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: SoundCloud: The music of Quetzal is at once visceral and intellectual. It makes you move, it makes you sing, and it makes you think. Sometimes thought of as a rock band, its members draw from a much larger web of musical, cultural, and social engagement. On 'Imaginaries,' they creatively combine shades of East L.A.’s soundscape, traditional son jarocho of Veracruz, salsa, R&B, and more to express the political and social struggle for self-determination and self-representation, which ultimately is a struggle for dignity. Quetzal: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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7 min 4 sec
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music folk "Woody Guthrie" "Pete Seeger" Smithsonian Folkways old-time non-profit
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