Uplifting the Sounds of the African Diaspora: An Interview with Daniel del Pielago
By Carolina Meurkens
2019-2020 I2F Cohort Member
Former Intern at the Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage (CFCH)
B.A. in German Studies with a minor in Violin Performance, University of Maryland College Park ’18
Carolina Meurkens’ Fellowship research was carried out alongside a curator and media director at CFCH, where she conducted an interview series aiming to explore the Afro-Latinx identity in Washington, D.C. and its cultural and aesthetic influences on artistic expression. One of these interviews has already been published by Smithsonian Folklife Magazine, linked below.
“Afro-Latinx” is a term that gained popularity in recent years. It’s a product of the unique experience of growing up black and Latin American in the United States. As a biracial American of Afro-Brazilian descent, my experience resonated with Daniel on the murkiness of not wanting to co-opt black identity. I asked him the question that led me to begin this project: where does Afrolatinidad fit in within the context of the black experience in D.C.?
I2F Internships received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.