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Celia Cruz, Tito Puente Documentaries on PBS

By September 2, 2009

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Latino Public Broadcasting's serices Voces is a showcase of documentaries celebrating Latino life. They've just announced their new line-up that begins airing this month on PBS and, while all eight new programs look interesting, three of them are of special interest to Latin music fans.

Celia the Queen is a look at the life of Celia Cruz, that amazing Cuban who broke both racism and sexism barriers with her powerful voice and vibrant personality. Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music is a tribute the bandleader, percussionist and composer who did so much to bring Latin music to the world. The documentary contains archival footage and interviews with Tito Puente and includes homage from friends and colleagues.

For dance fans, Soy Andina tells the story of an immigrant folk dancer and a modern dancer from Queens, NY who reconnect with their roots by returning to Peru and getting involved in the dance, music and rituals from the rich Incan culture.

Here are the program premiere dates; check your local listings for times and channels.

Celia the Queen - premieres September 1, 2009

Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music - premieres October 11, 2009

Soy Andina - premieres October 18, 2009

You can get more information about these and other documentaries that will be part of the Voces series by visiting the Voces website.

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