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Music Professor Juan Álamo featured in Daily Tar Heel

Juan Álamo combines his passions for music and his Latin American heritage in his new role as a distinguished term associate professor in Latin American studies. He teaches undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Latin American Music and directs UNC’s Cuban music ensemble, Charanga Carolina.

Álamo primarily plays the marimba, an instrument that has African origins and grew in popularity in Guatemala and other parts of Central America and is closely connected to his Latin roots. He said in the new role he plans to approach it from a more global perspective. Check out the wonderful Daily Tar Heel article about his research and role as a Latin Americanist.

Juan playing marimba
Photo of Juan Álamo playing xylophone. Taken by Carolina Bittenbender