(By Anita Rao and Frank Stasio)
The word ‘che’ is ubiquitous on the streets of Argentina. It is a term of endearment that people use often in casual conversation – similar to a word like buddy in American slang. So when North Carolina native Joe Troop decided to form a band in Buenos Aires with a group of his students, he found it fitting to characterize themselves using the term ‘che.’ The band Che Apalache is comprised of four musicians from three countries who fuse Appalachian folk with Latin American music.
(By Lisa O’Donnell Winston-Salem Journal)
Under a tent at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax last week, the members of Che Apalache leaned in and began singing a capella in four-part harmony, their voices weaving together like fiber on a rope.
(By Sandy Hausman)
The presidential election of 2016 left many Americans wondering if there was any way to bridge some deep cultural divides in this country. How could Mexican Americans, for example, find common ground with coal miners from Appalachia?