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March 15, 2006 -- Latino music and dance will highlight Delta Blues Symposium XII: Delta Diversity, a three-day conference held on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 1, from 2– 4 p.m., the event will take place at the ASU Pavilion.
Music will be provided by Grupo Konflicto, a Jonesboro-based conjunto. Originally formed as a family band by the Munoz brothers, members of the ensemble taught themselves accordion, guitar, and other instruments in order to play the music of southern Texas and northern Mexico. Inspired by such legends in the tradition as Los Tigres del Norte and Los Palominos, Grupo Konflicto plays regularly for dances and other events in the Jonesboro area.
Like the Mississippi Delta blues, conjunto music (also known as musica norteņa) is the music of working people, and as the Latino population in the Delta has grown, it has joined blues, country music, and rock ‘n’ roll to form the region’s soundtrack.
Joining the musicians will be Grupo de Danza, a new ensemble of local Latino and Latina dancers who perform at area churches and other community events.
Delta Blues Symposium XII is sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy at ASU. It brings together scholars, students, performers, and artists to examine the Delta, consider its problems, and celebrate its culture. For further information, contact the department of English and Philosophy at 870-972-3043 or visit the website:www.clt.astate.edu/blues.
All Symposium events are free and open to the public.
-- information provided by the Delta Blues Symposium committee
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