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CentroAmericanto Fest 2013 Comes to Spice Up Austin

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The CentroAmericanto Fest 2013 is a unique event that showcases Central American music and culture. The 5th annual fiesta will highlight Guillermo Anderson (Honduras), Rialengo (Costa Rica), Frigüey (El Salvador) and regional artists on September 27 and 28, 2013. Friday night will be performances from the three world class acts in the intimate Dougherty Arts Center on Barton Springs Road. On Saturday, September 28 CentroAmericanto Fest 2013 will hold a free outdoor family festival at Zilker Park Hillside Theater. Audiences of all ages will be pleased with the participation of local dance companies showcasing Central American dances, food vendors, children activities, raffles, and more. For more information visit www.cacfest.com.

Three bands will travel all the way to Austin, Texas to take part in this exotic jubilee:

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Guillermo Anderson is Honduras’ best-known World Music artist. Based in the lively Caribbean port of La Ceiba, Guillermo and his band, Ceibana, infuse Afro-Caribbean percussions with contemporary sounds, local rhythms, and the folklore of Honduras’ coastal regions. Performances are spiced with the merging of Honduran Garífuna rhythms such as “Parranda” and “Punta” with better-known reggae and salsa styles. (www.guillermoanderson.com)

Rialengo is Francisco Murillo’s latest cumbia project. He is part of the new generation of songwriters of Costa Rica. His music deals with everyday issues from a form, some would say, poetic. Francisco is from the rural area of Costa Rica and it shows in his writing. His songs are filled with concrete images such as rivers, rain, washing, and the like. (www.franmurillo.reycortes.com)

Frigüey the popular El Salvadorian band that fuses rock with Latin rhythms such as cumbia, salsa, ska, reggae, quebradita and reggaetón. Since their beginning in 1996, the band has chosen to play music with a happy tone and definitely that has been their signature to the extent of being known as La Fiesta Frigüey. They have traveled throughout Central America and have become an audience favorite in Mexico and the East Coast of the United States. (http://www.friguey.com)

The producer of CentroAmericanto Festival is El Salvadorian native Mauricio Callejas. A soulful troubadour himself, Mauricio approaches Latin music from a vision that summarizes different traditions from the rhythms of Central American music and Latin American poetry. Born in El Salvador, he developed his vocation as a songwriter at a young age. In 2002, Mauricio moved to Austin, Texas, where he continues working as a musician, producer and cultural promoter.

“CentroAmericanto Fest is a three day event where we showcase music not often heard in Texas,” says organizer and host, Mauricio Callejas. “CentroAmericanto Fest highlights the beautiful rhythms, poetic lyrics, and themes that are unique to this part of the world.”

CentroAmericanto Fest promotes Central American music in Texas and worldwide on www.cacfest.com. It is produced annually by Central World Music of Austin, Texas and sponsored by La Peña Inc. a local non-profit dedicated to the Latino arts.