Global Notes: Music Of Venezuela

Luis Fonsi performs at the Venezuela Aid Live concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which featured dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge.
Luis Fonsi performs at the Venezuela Aid Live concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which featured dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge. Fernando Vergara / AP Photo
Luis Fonsi performs at the Venezuela Aid Live concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which featured dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge.
Luis Fonsi performs at the Venezuela Aid Live concert at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the border with Venezuela. British billionaire Richard Branson organized the mega concert, which featured dozens of Latin musicians performing on a giant stage on one side of what Colombian authorities have renamed the "Unity" bridge. Fernando Vergara / AP Photo

Global Notes: Music Of Venezuela

Recent news coming out of Venezuela has been dominated by humanitarian issues, blackouts and a political power struggle for the country’s presidency. Worldview’s music contributor and host/producer on Vocalo’s "Beat Latino" Catalina Maria Johnson joins us on Wednesdays for "Global Notes." Today, we’ll explore with her another side of Venezuela — its vibrant culture of folk and protest music. Tune in to hear samples of artists like Simon Diaz, who toured the country collecting the work ballads of cowboys, fishermen and other day laborers, and Betsayda Machado, the leading voice of Afro-Venezuelan music.