Appalatin Appalatin formed in 2006 in Louisville through band members' mutual love of the folk music sounds of Latin America and the Caribbean. Appalatin's original music is a fusion of Latin and Appalachian folk music from the band member's homelands in Central America, the Andes and Appalachia. Instrumentation features the guitar, charango, mandolin, Andean flutes, bongos, congas, and cajón. Their songs reflect messages of freedom, community, empowerment, human rights, spirituality, and environmental stewardship.