In their worship and religious life, Latinos always have used the arts creatively. Consider these two timely examples.
You’ll find a combination of indigenous and colonial influences in “La Noche Buena: Christmas Music of Colonial Latin America,” a CD featuring the excellent San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble. Most of the material comes from cathedral archives, transcribed from the original manuscripts. Selections clearly show influences of European church music, including chant, and also use rhythms and melodies from local groups that converted to Christianity. There are traits, too, reflecting the music of African slaves who were part of the society.
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