"American Sabor" Tells Miami's Story, the Story of Latino Culture in American Music

Turn on the radio and listen to the story of Miami. It's your own story, and it's right there in the danceable grooves, the colorful vibes, the tropical drums.

Latino cultures -- whether Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Caribbean -- have had an irrevocable influence on American musical traditions, whatever the genre. Miami has been one of the biggest players in this game of sonic fusion, and "American Sabor," the latest exhibition at HistoryMiami, curated by the Smithsonian Institution, EMP Music, and the University of Washington, takes a hard look at these regional contributions from the '40s into the present era.

And thanks to support from the Ford Motor Company, the interactive exhibit is open now through Sunday, Oct. 26, for everyone to enjoy.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.