Celebrating the legacy of Africa in
For nearly 500 years a strong African heritage has endured in Mexico. From the 200,000 slaves that were brought over by the Spanish conquistadores, to the Maroons, the black Seminoles and the US Africans, both free and slaves, African culture and traditions have been an integral part in Mexico.
According to researcher and author, Aguirre Beltran, there were more Africans than Europeans in Mexico. But without research we can see the African influence in the music, dance and art in Mexico. This influence is present in instruments like XXXX, dancing like XXXX and drum rhythms.
During the 2017-2018 programming season, Global Education Center is celebrating the legacy of Africa and Mexico with the series, Third Root of Mexico. This celebration will include
"Music is the memory of the crossing of the races," Rebollar says, describing the blended culture of Veracuz. In his film, he shows the African influence in dance, music and song.
Lack of interest also kept black Mexicans largely invisible outside of their communities until 1992, when the Mexican government funded research to study and acknowledge "our third root," Cruz, the professor says, adding, "Now, there is a very strong movement to recover that African heritage that has been hidden for centuries."