New CD pays homage to Latino talent in North Carolina

June 7, 2012

Chapel Hill, NC

This spring semester, UNC Chapel Hill Professor David García and 17 of his students embarked upon a class project to produce an album documenting local Latino music scenes. Their new CD, “¡Viva Cackalacky! Latin Music in the New South” pays homage to the growing Latino community in North Carolina, focusing upon music as a dynamic medium to explore their migration experience.

In the CD’s informative booklet, García expounds upon the project’s overall objective: “Our aim is twofold: first, to recognize the invaluable contributions that these musicians and their communities have made to North Carolina’s cultural vibrancy; and second, to provide future students of immigration a unique perspective into the musical threads that bind migrant, immigrant, transplant, and native communities in the New South.”

The project was granted a 2012 Latino Migration Funding award from the Latino Migration Project at the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives in addition to funding from the UNC Program of Latina/o Studies. García’s class (MUSC/INTS 258: Musical movements of migration, exile and diaspora) was primarily responsible for every step of the production process. Producing the CD required dedicated involvement: the students attended performances, interviewed the musicians and ultimately acquired their participation in the compilation. The project thrived upon student-led creativity and innovation.

The CD compilation is entitled “¡Viva Cackalacky! Latin Music in the New South” and includes songs performed and recorded in North Carolina over the past two decades. The CD encompasses a wide variety of styles of music from norteño, mariachi and música llanera to salsa, merengue, samba, cumbia and religious music. Tracks range from Rey Norteño’s popular ode to the city of Raleigh to Mariachi Amanecer Tapatío’s live performance at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Chapel Hill.

In the end, García hopes that this ethnomusicological album contributes a “different kind of perspective on the debate on immigration, one that privileges music as a way to humanize and give voice to those (both Latino and non-Latino) in the forefront of shaping the New South.” Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, commended “this album for its uniquely North Carolina material and for showcasing the incredible talent that our new Latino neighbors are bringing to the state.”

View a list of Artists and Participants here

Listen to some of the tracks from the CD here.

For more information contact David Garcia at (919) 843-2093 and or Hannah Gill at The Latino Migration Project  at (919) 962-5453 and

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