Local Latin Hip Hop artist Cristopolis, who speaks English, Spanish and French, performed at the Medical Education Campus on September 26. He focused on Latin American history and contributions of Latinos in music and urban culture. He entertained attendees by fusing spoken word lyrics while bucket drumming with the accompaniment of a backup vocal artist and guitarist. All faculty, staff and students were invited by Student Life to this high energy show in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Cristopolis walked us through history and touched on the major cultural encounters that occurred after the arrival of Columbus to the Americas – from the indigenous people music of the New World, the Mayan percussion and wind instruments and pre-Columbian cultures to the influence from both; the rich musical expressions from European and the Arab worlds and the African tradition and beats brought to the New World.
The audience heard mambo, bossa nova, Latin jazz, reggaeton and urban music as part of the Latin music rhythms which are directly reflected in the social and historical process that took place in the Americas after the European conquest and colonization of the Americas. Despite the traumatic experience, Latin music mirrors the complex history of Latin America and is one of the positive outcomes that came from that process, forging some of the most beautiful sounds in the world.