Hispanic Heritage Month is here! (free downloads)

Celebrating national #hispanicheritagemonth with our most expanded series of audio programs ever in celebration of its 30th year.

Welcome back one and all.

Even though I have been promoting national Hispanic Heritage Month since 2015 with audio programs, this will be the first time I have expanded them beyond two programs for the period that is this celebration.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from 15 September through 15 October annually in the United States, is meant to spotlight the achievements of those of Latino heritage here in this country. Reminding everyone that includes the native peoples of this country long before Europeans ever came here, that is a great amount of ground to cover.

Hispanic Heritage Month actually started out 50 years ago as as Hispanic Heritage Week by Congress. It was expanded to a month years ago 30 in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept 21.

People of Hispanic heritage now make up 18% of the entire U.S. population.

U.S. Census Bureau population estimates/Pew Center for Research.

With this in mind, starting on Thursday, 27 September 2018, I will presenting music programs spotlighting artists from the fields of Pop, Salsa, Psychedelic, Jazz and what was once known as Exoitca from the 1950’s through today from North, Central and South America. People of Hispanic heritage now make up 18% of the entire U.S. population.

Not wanting to spoil any surprises on what will be appearing on the free audio anthology series “What You’re Not Listening To” this year, but since I have already let the cat out of the bag on Facebook, our first spotlighted artist will be World War 2 U.S. Navy veteran Tito Puente.

Until then, here are some selected older programs to help you catch up. See you all very, very soon. To download any of them, please click on the three buttons to the right of the player. 

Fania Records Anthology Part 1.
Fania Records Anthology Part 2.
Concha Buika Anthology.
Santana band, 1968-1972.

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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