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ICYMI: Che Apalache, The Popular Bluegrass Group, Puts Spotlight On Diversity In Rural America

Winston-Salem, NC—Che Apalache, a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires, Argentina with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States was featured on Telemundo this weekend.

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Che Apalache is a “latingrasss” group featuring three powerhouse Latin American musicians. Franco Martino on guitar and Martin Bobrik on mandolin are from Argentina. Banjoist, Pau Barjau, is from Mexico. The group ’s leader, Joe Troop, is from the North Carolina Piedmont region, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Their latest album, “Rearrange My Heart,” was released this summer and was produced by famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck.

Che Apalache’s new music video “The Dreamer” features the story of Moisés Serrano, an openly undocumented and queer activist and storyteller who wrote the script for the music video which was released this month. Moisés’ advocacy has also been filmed in the feature length documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America. The five-time award winning film was recently honored by the Television Academy. 

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of

Che Apalache represents the true diversity of small towns and rural communities across the county. Since coming out as undocumented in 2010, Moisés’ has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his narrative.  His home, and the home for his family, is here. DACA has been a critical program for many small towns and rural communities. According to a report by the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee, 61% of rural recipients got jobs with health insurance or other benefits after being approved for DACA. 


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