By Special to the Daily World
Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts continues its 2010-2011 season with Los Muñequitos de Matanzas Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Cuba’s Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, the founders of Rumba, is regarded as one of the most inspirational and exhilarating troupes from Cuba. Thought of as the heart and soul of Cuba, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas will amaze audiences with their dynamic and uplifting percussion, vocals and dance.
Tickets start at $28 and are available at the Rialto Center’s box office, 404-413-9TIX (9849) or www.rialtocenter.org. Group and Georgia State University student discounts are offered for this show. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. Free Parking is available for all Rialto Series events.
Formed in 1952 under the name “Guaguancó Matancero,” Los Muñequitos de Matanzas’ roots are found in Barrio Marina, Matanzas, Cuba. The group’s popular song “Los muñequitos,” about Cuban comic strips, created such a stir the group changed its name to Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Receiving a Grammy nomination in 2001, the group secured its position as fundamental proponents in the preservation of African traditions while remaining true to their Cuban heritage.
The Rialto continues its 2010-2011 season with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m.; Joe Lovano on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m.; and the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra: The Music of Machito, Tito Rodríguez, & Tito Puente on Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m..