“This is your right as an American citizen to have access to this cultural treasure,” Sanabria said. He said the Grammy’s eliminated many categories, especially the traditional ethnic sounds that are most reflective of US-American’s diverse multicultural sound. “We fought back and won to get back the Latin category,” he said and encouraged the audience to urge Grammy to bring back the remaining categories.
“The best societies have always been a mix of different cultures;” Sanabria added that Latinos have enriched society in many ways and music is one of the greatest contributions that all children should be exposed to.
Gerardo Colón is a fan of Sanabria’s music and makes it a point to attend whenever he is in town to play. “When he plays your heart beats faster,” said Colón, adding he is a master of blending rhythms.
The Museum’s community festivals, sponsored by KeyBank, offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become more acquainted with the Rock Hall and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates.
The Latino Heritage community festival is a kick-off to Latino Heritage month, celebrated September 15-October 15 every year. In tribute to its rich music and culture, the festival will feature an array of musical talent that will provide the soundtrack to an afternoon of lively entertainment.
The afternoon also featured a tribute to the late Roberto Ocasio and his Hispanic Heritage, featuring the artistic expression and expertise of talented guitarist, tres, and cuatro performer, Frank López. Local artists also displayed and sold their art work in the plaza. In addition to live music, JiBARO Gourmet Food Truck was at the festival selling Caribbean, Spanish and Latin food with world spice fusion.