National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15th through October 15th. This timeframe was chosen because so many Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day during this time. On Friday, CHS observed National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting Sol y Canto, an award winning Pan-Latin ensemble. Sol y Canto is known for composing music that appeals to both Spanish and non-Spanish speaking audiences. Their mission is to play music that moves, delights, excites, and connects people to the richness of Latin American culture.
Bongo player Rosi Amador, and guitarist and composer Brian Amador, performed songs from their CD El Double de Amigos, encouraging CHS students, faculty and staff to sing and clap along with the verse El Double de Amigos/Twice as many friends which calls attention to bilingual speakers in a positive way. Before beginning La Fiesta del Tran, Brian explained that he wrote the song because the commuter train to Fitchburg runs past the Amador house in North Cambridge. And, as it passes the pictures on the walls shake and the furniture dances as if they were at a fiesta.
One of the last songs of the set, Barquito de Papel, is a Cuban folksong, which emphasizes peace around the world. Rosi, who is of Argentinian and Puerto Rican descent, asked the audience to think about the people of Puerto Rico who are struggling with the devastation due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The show closed with dancing the Chequi Morena, a Puerto Rican game song.
Gracias a Sol y Canto for starting the day at The Chestnut Hill School with music, dancing, and song.