Oye Mi Canto
CELEBRATING THE PASSION AND MUSIC OF CUBA
Photo: Rich Meyers
In light of the recent, disturbing events in Orlando, we dedicated our summer concert, Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song), to the lives that were tragically lost and the voices that will no longer be heard. Through the pain and grief, we invite you to come together, honor those who will be missed, and begin the healing process.
This unbelievable catastrophe has reminded us of our roots – uniting and standing up as a community, despite the hatred and fear that surrounds us. For this reason, our concert celebrated authentic self-expression and our never-ending pride. We unite in memory, celebration, and most of all love.
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presents Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song), featured the driving rhythms and captivating melodies from the island nation that have inspired passion in hearts around the world. Our audiences enjoyed the rich sounds of the salsa, mambo and Afro-Cuban jazz in a truly historic performance.
GMCLA Is helping to break down barriers for LGBT people in Cuba, amplifying the voice of equality and proudly showcasing the amazing talents of Mano A Mano, Cuba’s Gay Men’s Chorus, here in the U.S.
Oye Mi Canto featured a special commission: a poem from Cuban American poet Richard Blanco set to music. Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet, having read for Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Oye Mi Canto was much more than a concert; it was a month of celebrating everything that makes Cuba and Latin America caliente!