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Obama Invites Latino Artists to Perform at Hispanic Heritage Month Event

September 12, 2013
Ricky Martin

Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Ricky Martin and Alejandro Sanz are among the artists who have been invited to perform at a White House event next week as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the White House said.

"Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House" will take place next Monday, showcasing the influence and cultural contributions of Hispanic communities and their music, the White House said in a statement.

President Barack Obama will speak at the start of the event, which will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7 p.m. (2300 GMT).

Artists Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis are expected to perform at the event, although the program is subject to change, the White House said.

The celebration of Latin music will air on PBS stations across the United States on Oct. 8 and will be broadcast on Oct. 13 by the American Forces Network to U.S. military personnel and civilians at Defense Department facilities around the world.

First lady Michelle Obama will host an educational workshop for students on the day of the event.

"The First Lady will welcome 130 middle and high school students from around the Washington, D.C., area to take part in an educational workshop, 'Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music,'" the White House said.


(c) 2013 EFE News Services (U.S.) Inc.

Original Headline: Obama invites artists to Latin music event at White House



Source: (c) 2013 EFE News Services (U.S.) Inc.


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