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The Embassy of Colombia Joins the Celebration of the Black History Month in D.C.

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February 26, 2009

With a unique concert of the Colombian Pacific band, Grupo Bahia,  a distinguished group of guests which included General Colin Powell, Frank Sanchez, Congressional Black Caucus Congressman Gregory Meeks and representatives of the diplomatic corps and the cultural sector, the Colombian Embassy in Washington joined the celebration of the Black History month in DC. The event was also attended by  the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jaime Bermudez, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos and the Minister of Culture, Paula Moreno.

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The hosts for this event were Ambassador Carolina Barco, Barbara Lee, President of the Congressional Black Caucus and Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Museum of African American History and Culture. The musical performance of Grupo Bahia entertained the guests who enjoyed typical rhythms of the Colombian Pacific region such as Currulao and Juga.
This event precedes the official presentation of the Ruta de la Marimba Project to be presented by the Minister of Culture Paula Moreno at the IDB and which will be accompanied by a live performance of Grupo Bahia. The project aims to restore and strengthen the traditional musical culture of the pacific both through schools and specialized programs. The event is open to the public and will be held today at 6:30 pm in the Enrique Iglesias Auditorium at the IDB.

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