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All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Illinois Arts Council,  MacArthur Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Cultural Treasures, Sueños Festival, and Field Foundation of  Illinois.


Olga Cerpa & Mestisay
Opening Act by The SRBCC Bomba Collective Feat. Leró Martínez Roldán

Co-presented with the International Latino Cultural Center

Date and time:

Sat, Feb 11, 2023, 8:00 PM CST | 4048 W. Armitage Ave. | Free ($10 suggested donation at the door)


Olga Cerpa is the most important female voice of the Canary Islands. Nominated for two Latin Grammys, she has shared the stage with such artists as Omara Portuondo and Joan Manuel Serrat, among others. Cerpa and Mestisay use “Jallo,” an insular word that refers to the objects that the sea throws to the Canary shores, to create splendid songs inspired by the musical influences that reach the beaches of their native land. Latin America, Portugal, Cape Verde and the African continent leave their mark as they revisit island songs that have been “found” in these years of musical journeys and that they rediscover for themselves and their audience through original arrangements. Olga Cerpa y Mestisay will be presenting their latest production, Palosanto, where they invited 17 renowned guitarists from around the world to record with them.

Las Islas Canarias y Puerto Rico

The commonalities between Canarios and Boricuas have intrigued generations of islanders from both sides of the Atlantic for decades. Probably the most evident similarity between the smallest of the Greater Antilles and the southernmost archipiélago in Spain is found in the language. However, the strong connection between these two cultures goes beyond the Caribbean Spanish accent, and can also be seen in its music, aboriginal roots, and profound ties to the African continent. Join us as we celebrate the music of the Canary Island and Puerto Rico in this special co-production of the International Latino Cultural Center and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.