This past Saturday, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation held its second annual 'Fiesta Latina'. Their was non-stop music from 11:00 A.M to 10:00 P.M. on two stages, as well as stands with crafts and food. It was a great time for all who attended. There was a stand with great Honduran food, and the Honduran consulate in New Orleans also had a stand promoting Honduran tourism.
All the bands were great. Of note, I particularly enjoyed Freddy Omar y su Banda. Freddy is originally from Tegucigalpa and is well known in the local New Orleans music scene.
But the highlight of the event was the opportunity to hear Guillermo Anderson. I had heard a lot about him. There is even a link on this blog site to his blog site (check it out!). But I must admit I was more favorably impressed than I had anticipated. His band really put on a great act...with music ranging from folk to Caribbean, even some Garifuna punta. The act was of international caliber.
Guillermo is a Ceibeno, and it really shows in his music. His sincerity and love for Honduras was reflected throughout the show.
If you ever have the opportunity to hear Guillermo and his band, I highly recommend it. If not, then buy one of his cd's, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy!