I recently helped with this report from PRI’s The World by acting as a translator for musician Trini Lovo. There’s a large Salvadoran population in the D.C. area and it was fun to learn from Trini about chanchona music. It’s kind of a variation on cumbia (which originated in Colombia). Below, you can hear a sample of Trini’s band, Los Hermanos Lovo. They’re featured on a Smithsonian Folkways recording if you want to buy the whole album.
Lately as part of my freelance work I’ve been answering phones at WAMU-FM. This is the place where The Diane Rehm Show and The Kojo Nnamdi Show are produced. A while back, Diane wrapped up an interveiw with actress/activist Jane Fonda just before Kojo headed in to talk with Grameen Bank founder and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Needless to say, I had to take a snapshot while I was in the same room with them both.I think Jane’s with Muhammad’s assistant, though that might be wrong.