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Final KCKCC NEH Episode Focuses on Mambo/Hip-Hop Music


Kelly Rogge
Monday, November 18, 2013
College Advancement

KCKCC is presenting its sixth and final episode of its NEH grant series, “America’s Music,” later this week.
The series, which started in February, looks at different genres of music and the people who influenced them. KCKCC was awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities last year to fund the series, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The college was the only applicant in Kansas to receive the grant funding.

The last episode is focusing on the Latin influence in American music, particularly mambo and hip-hop. Two films will be shown, “Latin Music, USA Bridges” and “From Mambo to HipHop: A South Bronx Tale.” Awilda Olson, coordinator of foreign languages at KCKCC, will serve as the visiting project scholar. In addition, Roger Suggs, a.k.a “Vigilante” who works in KCKCC community outreach, will perform. The visiting guest artist will be Enrique Chi, a recipient of an ArtsKC grant who serves as a composer/vocalist for a bilingual band in Kansas City.

The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be served.

The “America’s Music” series began in February with blues and gospel. Subsequent episodes featured discussions of Broadway, swing, country/bluegrass and rock n’ roll music. Local partners that help to sponsor the series are KCKCC, West Wyandotte Library and EL Centro, Inc. National sponsors of the event are the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and Tribeca Flashpoint.

For more information about the “America’s Music” series, contact Cherilee Walker, dean of humanities and fine arts and KCKCC, at 913-288-7269 or by email at cwalker@kckcc.edu. For more information about the NEH, visit the website, www.neh.gov.