A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.
Rei carries the accent and spirit of her native Argentina in her jazz-infused vocals. She’s successfully carved out a spot for herself within a small and exclusive group of vocalists from Latin America who, after spending their formative years in their own countries, came to the U.S. to blend folklore, jazz and classic influences into singing that feels both familiar and new. For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, the NPR Music offices were converted into a small Latin American folk club, where Rei treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music. Que les difruten! —FELIX CONTRERAS
“Todo Lo Perdido Reaparece”
Producers: Felix Contreras, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Becky Harlan; photo by John Poole/NPR
The new Pope is a 76-year old cardinal from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and he has chosen the name Francis.
And the official Pontifex Twitter account has been reactivated:
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM
Time to wake up this joint with a little bit of “Ula Ula” by Argentina’s Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas.
Another transitional fossil—an intermediate species that shares characteristics with two distinct groups of animals—has been discovered in Argentina: an omnivorous dinosaur.
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) — Scientists have found fossil remains of an omnivorous dinosaur in Argentina — a missing link to the carnivores, a researcher said Monday.
“It is an omnivore — in other words it ate everything (plants and meat) — which is the missing link between carnivorous dinosaurs and giant four-footed herbivores,” said Oscar Alcober, also director of the Natural Sciences Museum in San Juan, 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) west of Buenos Aires.
“This is a very important piece of the puzzle on the origin of dinosaurs,” said Alcober.
Alcober and Ricardo Martinez, chief of the museum’s paleontology division, found the remains three years ago in the Ischigualasto-Valle de la Luna park, north of the provincial capital San Juan. They released their findings Monday in the online journal of peer reviewed science plosone.org.
(The paper doesn’t seem to be posted at the PLoS ONE site yet.)
UPDATE at 2/16/09 3:44:13 pm:
Here’s the paper, if you really want to read it, with the sexy title: A Basal Sauropodomorph (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Ischigualasto Formation (Triassic, Carnian) and the Early Evolution of Sauropodomorpha.
(Hat tip: Dom.)
Here’s an amazing graffiti animation by an Argentinian street artist, Blu.Vimeo
(Hat tip: Killgore.)