Hispanic Heritage

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September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans.

Several Latin American independence days are celebrated during this time, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. However, the celebration originated in September 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order for the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was extended to a month by President Ronald Reagan. 

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The Rumba, Cuba and the Congas | Periscope
The Rumba, Cuba and the Congas | Periscope

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During the 1920s, the sound of "rumba" music took over Cuba. Rumba was great to dance to, as it was played with many types of percussion instruments. The congas stood out as rumba's major percussion...
Dizzy Gillespie | Periscope
Dizzy Gillespie | Periscope

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South Carolina played a big part in the creation of Latin Jazz! From Sabor, we learned that Latin jazz music has roots right here in South Carolina. Dizzy Gillespie, a famous jazz trumpet player from...
Campana | Periscope
Campana | Periscope

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Campana: A cowbell used in Cuban music. It is sometimes attached to another instrument called the "timbales."
Claves | Periscope
Claves | Periscope

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Claves: Two sticks used to make a simple rhythm in Cuban music such as rumba. It is used in many other forms of Latin American music as well.
Timbales | Periscope
Timbales | Periscope

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Timbales: A set of tuneable metal drums invented in Cuba. They are often accompanied by campana.
Guiro | Periscope
Guiro | Periscope

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Guiro: A scraper sometimes used in Latin jazz. The Cuban and Puerto Rican form is made from a notched gourd and played with a stick.
Congas | Periscope
Congas | Periscope

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Congas: Drums played with the hands and often used in salsa and rumba music. Congas play a major role in Latin jazz bands.
Bongos & Concerro | Periscope
Bongos & Concerro | Periscope

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Bongos: Two small drums played between the knees, often used in Afro-Cuban music. The "Bongocero" is the name for a bongo player. Cencerro: A cowbell played by the "Bongocero," or bongo player. It can...
First of All, What Is Jazz? | Periscope
First of All, What Is Jazz? | Periscope

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Jazz music originated in the United States. It was created by African Americans in the early 1900s. The sound of jazz was influenced by West African rhythms and music, and American folk music. A...
So Now, Let's Eat! | Periscope
So Now, Let's Eat! | Periscope

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What would you make with all of these foods? Try having a Hispanic feast at your school that uses a few, or all, of these Latin American foods.