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KSUT Sunday Special Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hear the story of Los Reyes de Albuquerque, the family-based group preserving the traditional Hispanic folk music of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado since 1962, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KSUT.
This week on the KSUT Sunday Special, we'll honor Hispanic Heritage Month by hearing the documentary Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez.

It's the fascinating story of the family-based group Los Reyes de Albuquerque, which has been playing
the traditional Hispanic folk music of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado since 1962.

We'll meet the Martinez family, the heart of the group.

Founder and patriarch Robert Martinez, Sr., who wrote many of the group's songs, talks about how his music is filled with a sense of place.

We'll also hear how the family has experienced its share of highlights and heartaches, even as it continues to present and preserve the music of the land, and the music of the people. Two of the five performing children lost their hearing in their 20's. Two also died of cancer in middle age.

Robert Martinez, Sr. who we hear from extensively in the documentary, passed away in 2013.

The documentary was produced in 2009 by Paul Ingles, a radio producer based in Albuquerque, and by photographer Genevieve Russell.

A companion video that was produced and distributed to schools and libraries around New Mexico can be seen at The Art of the Rural.
 

Join us for this Hispanic Heritage Month documentary, Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on the KSUT Sunday Special.