Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy, from Nicaragua, is one of the most important singer-songwriters of Latin America. He comes from a family of music tradition. His father was a musician and his brother Carlos Mejía Godoy is also a world known musician. Luis Enrique was the troubadour of the Sandinist revolution (1979-1990) and continues to tirelessly work for current social causes. Founder of the Tayacán group, with musicians from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Chile. Mejía Godoy’s catalog of social-consciousness songs is indispensable to understand the musical history of Nicaragua and Central America.
Tato Henríquez, singer-songwriter from El Salvador, winner of a Latin Grammy in 2009 and three times nominated. His beginnings date back to the Salvadoran band "Crisol" which popularized "Amanecer", a song that became a peace anthem during the civil war. Henríquez has a music career that spans 30 years, he has lived in El Salvador, Mexico and the US. His songs have been recorded by renowned artists such as Pedro Fernández, Bronco, Bobby Pulido, Banda Machos, and many others and has shared the stage with Inti Illimani, Luis Eduardo Aute, Reyli, Facudo Cabral to mention a few. He is a member of the Recording Academy and the Society of Mexican Authors and Composers.
Amor por Panamá is a folkloric dance group that features a variety of dances, clothing and accessories of Panamá. One moment you will enjoy the elgance of their dances and gala garments, and the next minute there will be a carnival of colors and movements. In the last years they have incorporated children that are now an integral part of their performances as a way to pass along the love and respect for their panamanian heritage.
Traditional Nicaraguan dances by Ruth Meza. Her love for Nicaragua´s folkore has made Ruth to collect over the years some of the most colorful and peculiar dances props in Nicaragua's tradition: the infamous "Gigantona and the Enano Cabezón" (the giant woman and the large-headed dwarf), beautiful dresses and a collection of oral traditions known as "Coplas" playful rhymes accompanied by traditional music.
Jeana and Juan Carlos Ureña. Juan Carlos has recorded nine albums (four of those with Jeana), and they have performed their music throughout Latin America, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Well-known in Central America, the Ureñas have created a contemporary and energetic musical style that combines subtle influences from the places they have lived (Costa Rica, the United States, and Brazil) with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and traditional folk melodies of Central America.
and Mauricio Callejas are
Austin based singer-songwriters from El Salvador.
They perform as a duet and with a band. Mauricio has released
four albums and has performed in different venues in Latin America , the United States, Spain, and Canada. He is the founder of the first songwriter directory of Central America,
www.centroamericanto.net, produces a weekly radio program about Latin American songs and is the founder of Centroamericanto Fest.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department