November 21, 2016
LACA alumna, Christina Sanabria (Class of 2007, LACA/Hispanic Studies Concentration) and her husband Andrés Salguero of 123 Andrés recently won a Latin Grammy for "Best Children's Album" for their second album, titled Arriba Abajo. Shortly after graduating from Brown, Christina and her husband started working on a bilingual children's music project, 123 Andrés. This project, which has resulted in two albums, creates bilingual (Spanish/ English) and bicultural music. In addition to the recently awarded Latin Grammy, their album Arriba Abajo also won the coveted Parents Choice Gold Award for children's music. The album can be found here: Arriba Abajo
"I grew up in Kansas City as the daughter of Colombian immigrants, and, while I did take European History AP in high school, high school generally does not offer an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Latin America" said Christina as she reflected on how she became interested in concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. "While at Brown I took Professor James Green's Latin American History class and was hooked...I also had the opportunity to take three classes from visiting professors focusing on government institutions in Latin America, Democracy in the Andean Region and in Colombia, which were all great opportunities. Today I am grateful that I have a deep connection to Latin America and the Caribbean, and that with 123 Andrés we can express the diversity of the continent's cultures and experiences with the next generation."