Latin Folk music and dance are traditional expressions of families and communities. Some artists remain traditional, and some have evolved into urban fusions. In the beginning, all music is folk music and all dance is folk dance.
Latin Folk Artists
- Layla McCalla 🇭🇹🇺🇸
- Natalia LaFourcade 🇲🇽
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Latin Folk Music News
Friday, November 4, 2022
Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30, 2022
Mott Haven, The Bronx
Thursday, October 27, 2022
The Native American Social with NativeTec, Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, and Niamuck Land Trust, brings Indigenous artwork, storytelling, drumming, singing and dancing to Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12pm. Free with rsvp, but suggested donation is $10 adults/$5 children. 🇺🇸
Leyla McCalla joins Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, and Allison Russel for a banjo quartet of African American women’s music in “Songs of Our Native Daughters” at the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8pm. From $32. 🇭🇹 🇺🇸
New Orleans Haitian singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla celebrates the release of her new album “Breaking the Thermometer” at Harlem Stage in Manhattanville, West Harlem, on Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $25. harlemstage.org 🇭🇹🇺🇸
Mexican Pop-Rock-Folk singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade makes her Carnegie Hall debut on the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8pm. 🇲🇽
Opera and musical theatre producer Beth Morrison Projects presents song cycles by three great African and Diaspora singers: Zimbabwean gwenyambira (musical storyteller & healer) Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa-Nzou Mambano, New York Rocker Yaz Lancaster, and classical electronic film score composer Tamar-kali whose roots are in the South Carolina coastal islands, at Harlem Stage in Manhattanville, West Harlem on Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $25. 🇿🇼🇺🇸
The Drums Along the Hudson Native American and Multicultural festival is at Inwood Hill Park in Inwood, Manhattan on Sun, Jun 5, 2022 from 11am – 6pm. Free.
Germán López plays Latin Folk on the Canary Island timple guitar at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sat, Apr 2 at 7:30pm. $35. 🇪🇸
For the Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashup #5 – Southern Italy Meets Senegal, Alessandra Belloni plays Southern Italian music and Alioune Faye, a Griot (West African troubadour), plays Senegalese percussion at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Sun, Apr 3 at 1pm. $15. flushingtownhall.org 🇮🇹🇸🇳
Aurelio Martínez & the Garifuna Soul Band play Garifuna Folk, with NYC’s own Wabafu Garifuna Dance Company opening, for the World Music Institute at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Thu, Dec 16 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). worldmusicinstitute.org 🇭🇳|🇧🇿🇬🇹🇳🇮🇺🇸
Cuban Nueva Trova legend Pablo Milanés brings his Dias de Luz Tour to The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Sat, Oct 23 at 8pm. From $45. 🇨🇺
Miguel Zenón joins Ches Smith and We All Break for their “Path of Seven Colors” record release show of Haitian Vodou music at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Tue, Oct 26 at 8pm. $20. 🇭🇹🇵🇷
Folk Music & Dance New Yorkers
Only in New York City can you enjoy this amount of diversity. Everybody from everywhere is here.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Thursday, October 14, 2021
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7pm
FLUSHING TOWN HALL FACEBOOK
NYC Gaita Club
April 7, 2017
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Watch the Mexican – American folk singer get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Colombian music and dance for the entire family
Le Poisson Rouge
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Folk Music & Dance World
These artists from the United States and around the world have recently performed in New York City.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE
LE POISSON ROUGE
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flushing Town Hall
Friday, May 14, 2021
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Afro-Peruvian tambor jams with Jewish klezmer.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
NOHO, NYC ~ The living legend of Trinidadian calypso plays Joe’s Pub
Saturday, November 16, 2019
PURCHASE, New York (White Plains) ~ Traditional Haitian folk music as part of ‘(T)HERE: A Global Festival of Art, Culture and Ideas – Haiti’ at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center
Thursday, August 29, 2019
DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM, Lincoln Center
LINCOLN CENTER, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Tue, Nov 20, 2018. Spanish Canary Island folk music ~ One of the most popular bands in the Canary Islands visits our island
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
between 34th & 35th St
Murray Hill, Manhattan
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
605 W 48th St, Hell’s Kitchen
Friday, June 9, 2017
MIDTOWN, Mar 18, 2016 ~ A Flamenco of Arabic poetry by Spanish and Persian musicians.
# persian spanish flamenco festival live music
Folk Music of Faith and Ritual
Culture begins as an expression of the mysteries of faith and the rituals of belonging to a community.
This is where folk music begins. As it develops, it may lose its connection with faith, or that connection may become hidden to those who don’t know where to look.
Some folk musics become popular and then blend with other musics. Even the most contemporary music like salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton and Latin trap follows this path. It all derives from folk traditions.
We have been human (Homo sapiens) for about 200,000 years. We like to think that we are so very modern, but we really haven’t changed that much.