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Musica Linguae

News Release 12.6.05.

Musica Linguae

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Where can you hear Spanish and Afro Caribbean music every week?

Join Musica Linguae - Wellington’s answer to learning in the Latin Quarter.

Musica Linguae, held every Tuesday evening at the Habana Bar in Wigan Street provides a lively café environment for native Spanish speakers from countries as diverse as Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and Peru to enjoy their language and hear a range of exciting Spanish speakers.

Topics such as Legends and myths of Colombia and Argentina’s protest folk music have already been discussed and there are more fantastic sessions to come, says Organizer Jorge Herrera.

Musica Linguae also provides an opportunity for Kiwi Spanish speakers to practice their language with a range of native speakers from Latin American countries.

The Spanish speaking sessions last from 6-8pm and then participants can stay and enjoy live Afro Caribbean music from 8-10pm.

Musica Linguae has been running for the past eighteen months it was established to provide a forum and a meeting place for the growing number of Spanish speakers and Latin American residents in Wellington, says Jorge Herrera.

The group has hosted a number of Latin and Afro Caribbean singers and bands including Carlos from Acapulco México, El Trio Afro Caribbean music and Son del Monte Afro Cuban music.

After Mandarin Chinese and English Spanish with over 750million speakers is the most commonly spoken language in the world.

Mr Herrera, a Mexican immigrant who lives in Paekakariki, says in the two years he has been in New Zealand he’s seen an increasing number of people becoming interested in speaking Spanish and finding out about Latin American culture.

“My goal is to create a climate of interest for Spanish language in New Zealand – I’d like to see it taught – alongside French and German in our schools. If you like I’m a one-man ambassador on a mission to bring more Spanish language to New Zealand,” he says.


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