Storytellers Of Color: Elisa Garcia Builds Community Through Music and Dance

Today’s guest is Elisa García, who has music in her heart, dance in her veins and art in her eyes. Elisa was born in Uruguay where the sounds of tango and other Latin American folk music fuse.

Elisa moved to the U.S. with her family and is currently living in Colorado with her husband and daughter. She plays Latin America folk songs with her trio, which includes her percussionist husband Leo Muñoz Corona, and pianist Victor Mestas. The group plays a variety of styles from Cuban boleros to Mexican huapangos to Argentinian zambas and Uruguayan candombe.

Elisa Garcia speaks with Rossana Longo-Better about how music is a medium of communication that transcends languages, cultures, nationalities and even politics to offer inspiration in our chaotic world.


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Our new monthly show, Storytellers of Color, airs on the second Monday of each month as part of A Public Affairs on KGNU. The major goal of the show is to provide a safe space for communicators of color, through a series of conversations, to elevate their voices and discuss issues of equality in the media. The show is inspired by recent gatherings of various working groups, including Latinex Voices, organized by Diamond Hardiman from Free Press’ News Voices Colorado Project, and Journos of Color Network led by Tina Griego, reporter, editor, and coach from Colorado News Collaborative.

The Storytellers of Color series is a collaborative effort, with an open invitation to other storytellers to come into our airwaves, to tell their stories, and to occupy the safe space we are providing every second Monday of the month.