Pandora launches Afro Boricua, a new station highlighting the contributions of Afro-Puerto Rican musicians

Pandora launches the second of a planned series of four new stations that celebrates the contributions of the African diaspora on the music of the Americas. Today’s station launch, Afro Boricua highlights the contributions of Afro Puerto Rican musicians. This follows the launch last month of Afro Colombia. Two other stations are planned next month – Afro Cuba and Afro Quisqueya which celebrates music from the Dominican Republic.

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Hasta ‘Bajo Is the First Digital & Physical Archive of Puerto Rican Reggaetón

Patricia Velázquez once tried to search any records of the word “reggaetón” on the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño’s official website. She came up emptyhanded, so she plotted a way to change this.

“What we want is to expose and study reggaeton as part of our culture,” says Velázquez, who’s a student of Cultural Management at the University of Puerto Rico. “What really matters is that the people who lived the genre and were raised with it are able to study and analyze it.”

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