THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: JULIE CARMEN ON JOSÉ MANUEL LICO JIMÉNEZ, AND A CONCERT FOR LICO JIMÉNEZ, THE EBONY LISZT, RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON LA CULTURA IN SAN ANTONIO AND EL ZOCOTROCO ON CREATIVITY AND HELGA UMPIERRE.
Your Tia Tenopia here! Back for a new week of Latinopia videos and blogs. This week we are excited to showcase a new documentary in progress on the life and music of child musical prodigy José Manuel Lico Jiménez. The documentary is being produced by acclaimed actress Julie Carmen ( Gloria, Milagro Beanfield War, Mountains of Madness) who is a descendant of Lico Jiménez himself! What makes Lico’s story doubly intriguing is that he excelled in music composition and performance at a very early age and that he was of African descent, his family having fled Haiti when the island revolted and won its independence from France. So you have an African descendant child prodigy performing throughout Europe at a time when this was unheard of! Julie is currently raising funds for completion of her documentary which will include the filming of a concert that will feature Lico’s original symphony performed by the Florida Chamber Orquestra, the first time it will be performed in years. Check out these cool videos!
Also this week, Ricardo Romo returns with his Tejano Report. This week he looks at culture in San Antonio, and the process of recovery and rebuilding. As usual with Ricardo you can count on great photos from his ever present camera.
And also this week, José Umpierre returns with his Burundanga Boricua del Zocotroco. This week he looks close to him at creativity as evidenced by someone very close to him.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!