Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement

Songs of struggle, hope, and vision fueled the Chicano Movement's quest for civil rights, economic justice, and cultural respect. Rolas de Aztlán (songs from the Chicano ancestral homeland) spotlights 19 milestone recordings made between 1966 and 1999 by key Chicano artist/activists--Daniel Valdez, Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles (later Los Lobos), Agustín Lira and Teatro Campesino, Los Alacranes Mojados, Conjunto Aztlan, and many more. Forty page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos, 19 tracks, and 67 minutes of music.

The CD’s release date was September 13 and it should be available at all major music outlets as well as on the Folkways website at http://www.folkways.si.edu/. For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month and the many events throughout the Smithsonian Institution, go to www.SmithsonianEducation.org/Heritage_Month .