I had the pleasure to meet Betto Arcos on a recent press music trip to Colombia organized by Pro-Colombia, where we explored the country’s rhythms and musical manifestations. The outcome of the trip was a much better understanding of the music scene in Colombia; an article for the National Geographic Blog called Colombia: So You Want to Explore the Land of a Thousand Rhythms and a friendship with Betto. I invite you to learn about his work below, or why not, encourage to join us on our 2019 Sabrosura Music Expedition that will be lead by Betto and our team.
Did You Know? Vallenatos are the Colombian folk songs that influenced Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘magical realism’. Click here to listen!
About Betto: A native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Betto Arcos is a radio journalist, curator, agent and music promoter based in Los Angeles. Since 2008, Betto is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and Los Angeles public radio station KPCC, writing and producing stories about musicians and music from all over the globe. Betto is also a booking agent with FLI Artists and is the Latin and World music curator at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
In addition to his work in public radio, Betto has taught arts & culture and broadcast journalism at Loyola Marymount University. He developed a musi- cal component for two different courses at Harvard University’s Divinity School, “Religion in the Latin American Imagination” (2002, 2011, 2015) and “Latinos Remaking America” (2014, 2016) taught by Prof. David Carrasco. From 2014-2017, Betto was a guest speaker at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, lecturing on Latin American Music to mid-lev- el career diplomats. Betto is the host and producer of the podcast “The Cosmic Barrio”. From 1997-2015, Betto produced and hosted the daily music program “Global Village” on Pacifica Radio’s 90.7 FM-KPFK in Los Angeles.
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