11/19/2013 10:16 am ET

'American Sabor' Exhibit Shows How Latino Sounds Influenced American Music


Hip hop, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and punk – they’ve all had dashes of Latino influence sprinkled on them throughout U.S. history.

In the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” Latino contributions to these different genres are explored from the 1940’s to the present. Opening in Cal State University in Los Angeles last week, the exhibit is part of a larger traveling exhibit traveling around the country – after Los Angeles it will go to Puerto Rico, Miami and end in Detroit on February 9, 2014.

“The exhibit shows how Latino sounds have influenced American culture,” says co-curator and professor at the University of Washington, Michelle Habell-Pallán. “Oftentimes Latinos are seen as not American enough, but our rich history is in the music.”

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