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Julian: Tavehua, Los Angeles & Tavehua, Oaxaca

Posted September 28, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 2,417 views]
Julian González in Santa María Tavehua, Oaxaca jamming on tuba. Photo by Carmen Vidal

Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. The largest number of people in the city is of Latino origin. But there are many ethnic groups within Latin-American culture. Like the enclave of Zapotec villagers from Southern Mexico who have migrated to LA’s Koreatown.
KCRW’s Sonic Trace series has been focusing on Zapotecs who come from the tiny village of …

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Nico: Zapotec Raised on the Streets of Los Angeles

Posted September 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 1,063 views]
Nico: Mexican-born Zapoteco

Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. The largest number of people in the city is of Latino origin.  But there are a lot of different ethnic groups within Latin-American culture.  Like the enclave of Zapotec villagers from Southern Mexico who have migrated to L.A.’s Koreatown.  We’ve been focusing on migrants, who come from the tiny village of Santa Maria Tavehua.
This is Nico’s story. …

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Elsa: Ceramic Bunny Artisan in Oaxaca

Posted September 26, 2012 by | 1 Comment | 2,815 views]
Elsa Gonzalez in her workshop

Santa Maria Tavehua is a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico.  They are known for their ceramic arts made from an indigenous orange clay.  For centuries, the people of Tavehua made pots and plates, cups and bowls to barter and trade among themselves.  In the modern economy, their work shifted to decorative pieces, specifically these little bunnies playing instruments.  In recent decades, their …

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Jocelynda: Koreatown Turns Korexico

Posted September 25, 2012 by | 2 Comments | 1,998 views]
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Since the 1970s, Los Angeles has become a hub for Mexico’s indigenous Zapotecs – a culture that predates the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
All week we are exploring the connection between Santa Maria Tavehua, a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico, and L.A.’s Koreatown – where more than half the village now lives.
This is a story is about putting down roots. We hear …

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Julieta: LA-Born Zapoteca

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 2,987 views]
Julie Tavehua

Since the 1970s, Los Angeles has become a hub for Mexico’s indigenous Zapotecs – a culture that predates the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
Our five-part series explores the connection between Santa Maria Tavehua, a tiny village in the hillsides of southern Mexico, and L.A.’s Koreatown – where more than half the village now lives.
In this story, we hear from 33-year-old Julieta Mendez – an L.A.-born …

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What is Sonic Trace?

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 766 views]
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The official Sonic Trace KCRW blog is here!
We are excited to make this new blog the hub for sharing all things Sonic Trace. Here you can browse through our broadcast features, contributed stories, web goodies, photo slideshows, and all the stores we’ll be gathering around town in La Burbuja – our portable sound booth.
Sonic Trace asks L.A. residents:
¿Por qué te vas? Why do you go?
¿Por …

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Recording Sonic I.D.’s at Guelaguetza

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 563 views]

Sonic Trace was at La Guelaguetza on a bright and early on a Wednesday morning. At 8 AM sharp, the employees were in full hustle, horsing around and getting ready for the breakfast service.

Conrado, aka, Victor Garcia “Comandante Treviño” has had a few hard experiences adapting to the American way of working life. He used to be a Mexican police (PGR) agent back in Oaxaca.

Liliana …

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Sonic Trace Launch Party at Guelaguetza!

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 1,151 views]
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La Burbuja made its showcase at Guelaguetza in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 9th. Though it was not completely finished, lacking its metallic silver coat, it was received with much praise, attracting both whole first-wave Oaxacan immigrant families and young KCRW hipsters alike.

Everybody was eager to step inside to take photos and converse personally among themselves. A raffle was held to raise …

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Building La Burbuja

Posted September 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | 1,849 views]
The lightweight frame was held together by a series of clamps.

Sonic Trace will acquire its stories through La Burbuja, a portable sound booth submitted and built by Hugo Martinez and Christin To of Mat-ter Design.
Sonic Trace recorded the progress of La Burbuja throughout its completion. The budget for its completion was $5,000 and it had to be built in two months. Martinez, To and their loyal team worked twenty hours a day to make the booth …

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