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 Jan 3, 2019

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Alt.Latino is a spotlight on the world of Latinx arts and culture through music, stories and conversation.

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Africa Speaks to Carlos Santana In New Album
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Carlos Santana is having a big year: the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the 20th anniversary of Supernatural, and now a new album featuring Spanish vocalist Buika, Africa Speaks.
Jun 13, 2019
Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed
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With Cuba in the new this week, Alt.Latino re-examines the longstanding musical relationship between the US and Cuba.
Jun 06, 2019
Vida Actors Talk About Latinx Drama, Music and The Power Of Story Telling
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The three women who play the lead characters in the Starz series Vida join Alt. Latino to talk music, drama and La Llorona.
May 30, 2019
Rodrigo y Gabriela Spin The Songs Behind Their Wild Sound
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The Mexican guitar duo talk share songs by Nina Simone, Caifanes and Rage Against the Machine and discuss the role of the guitar in rock.
May 28, 2019
Lila Downs Celebrates Culinary And Cultural Sides Of Chile
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The iconic Mexican vocalist and composer Lila Downs uses music to celebrate chiles.
May 09, 2019
Musical Activists: Two Artists Who Mix Messages With Music
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Taina Asili and Olmeca talk about mixing activism with music in this week's show.
May 03, 2019
How Angélique Kidjo Brings Out The Africa Of Celia Cruz's Catalog
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The West African vocalist talks about bringing out the Afrobeat in Celia Cruz's rich Cuban catalog with the tribute album Celia.
Apr 18, 2019
Guest DJ: Empress Of Plays Sing-Along With Some Of Her Greatest Influences
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The Honduran-American vocalist shares her musical inspirations with Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and guest host Jessica Diaz-Hurtado.
Apr 11, 2019
Alt.Latino's Primavera Extravaganza
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Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras empties the mail bag that was overflowing with new music. Mexico and Spain are represented as are Joni Mitchell and Amy Winehouse.
Apr 05, 2019
Alt.Latino Food Truck Chats: Musicians Tell Their Own Stories At SXSW 2019
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Over breakfast tacos and barbecue, Team Alt.Latino sat down with musicians at SXSW for interviews about their music.
Mar 23, 2019
Alt.Latino's SXSW 2019 Wrap-Up
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The five nights of discoveries at SXSW 2019 served as a reminder that music can heal, challenge and change the world we live in.
Mar 23, 2019
Guest DJ Helado Negro Explores New Album and Shares Influences
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The prolific electronic musician stops in to talk about his influences and his new album, This Is How You Smile.
Mar 08, 2019
A Journey Through The Music Of The Oscar-Nominated Film 'Roma'
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Roma director Alfonso Cuarón handpicked artists to make music inspired by the characters from his Oscar-nominated film. The results are stunning.
Feb 21, 2019
Alt.Latino: The Many Shades of Latinx Culture
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Through four wide-ranging conversations — with a punk singer, a reporter, a group of Latin American expats and singer Rita Moreno — Alt.Latino took a wide-lens survey of the cultural landscape.
Feb 15, 2019
Music and Democracy In Brazil, A Tradition of Speaking Truth To Power
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Musicians have a long tradition of staring down military dictatorships and oppressive governments in Brazil.
Feb 08, 2019
New Music Winter 2019: From Iconic To New Discoveries
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We're sure you've heard of Santana but do you know Y La Bamba? This week's show features new music from icons and new artists you should know.
Jan 31, 2019
With A New Book, Louie Perez Of Los Lobos Is Master Storyteller
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Good Morning, Aztlan collects several well-known Perez compositions as well as his thoughts on a variety of topics.
Jan 18, 2019
Alt.Latino's American Anthems: An Exploration Of Songs That Unite
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An excerpt of a year-long series featured on NPR that speak to unity and inspiration.
Jan 15, 2019
Bad Bunny En Español: El Nuevo Disco Y Sus Influencias
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In an interview from Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny talks about his influences and the music on his new record.
Dec 24, 2018
Our Listeners Speak up: Their Best of 2018
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Jasmine Garsd returns to review listeners' favs. We heard music we knew and also some discoveries.
Dec 21, 2018
AltLatino's Best of 2018
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It's been another watershed for Latin music. Altlatino's Felix Contreras, Stefanie Fernandez, Marisa Arbona Ruiz and Catalina Maria Johnson round up the year's best.
Dec 10, 2018
Pre-Winter New Music Extravaganza
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A batch of new music to enjoy just before the Solstice and much colder weather.
Nov 23, 2018
Guest DJ Arturo O'Farrill: Making Music And A Statement At The Border
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The latest album from O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is a collaboration with Mexican son jarocho musicians.
Nov 16, 2018
Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar For Dia de los Muertos
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Musical ofrendas highlight our annual celebration of family and friendship.
Nov 01, 2018
Jerry Gonzalez Appreciation
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An appreciation for Latin jazz musician Jerry Gonzalez.
Oct 25, 2018
Rubén Blades Swings Big Band Jazz And Rumba On New Album
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The iconic actor and musicians teams with Jazz At Lincoln Center to sing both bog band swing tunes and songs from his catalog.
Oct 18, 2018
Alt.Latino Icon: Jose Feliciano, Cross Over Pioneer
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The iconic musician talks about his career and plays songs that influenced his music.
Oct 11, 2018
Cuban Treasures Unearthed: Remastered Cuban Jam Sessions
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'The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions' box set proves these friendly gatherings were incubation chambers for Afro-Cuban music and jazz.
Oct 04, 2018
'El Tiny': A Sampler Of Latin Bands At NPR's Tiny Desk
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Latin music is well represented in the popular Tiny Desk Concert series.
Sep 27, 2018
Puerto Rico One Year After Maria
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A collection of stories from NPR News about the devastating storm and its aftermath.
Sep 20, 2018
La Dame Blanche: Hip-Hop Urbano Cubano
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This special Spanish language Podcast Extra highlights a Cuban hip-hop artist in her own words.
Sep 17, 2018
Alejandro Escovedo: Latino Punk Pioneer's New Album
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The Crossing tells a story of identity and rock and roll dreams on his newest album.
Sep 13, 2018
Samba Inspires New Novel
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Air That You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles captures samba's golden age.
Aug 30, 2018
New Music Highlights Nuance of Identity
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Summer's almost over so we present new sounds and two video premiers from upcoming albums.
Aug 09, 2018
Mid Summer New Music Round Up!
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Great new music to get you through the rest of the summer!
Aug 03, 2018
Summer Latin Music Festivals Celebrate Musical Diversity
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Latinx bands who feel shut out of mainstream Fests find gigs at Latin music festivals
Jul 20, 2018
Activist Musicians Take On Trump Policies
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Musicians use music to challenge the President's immigration policies.
Jul 06, 2018
Alt.Latino's 12 Favorite Latin Songs Of 2018 (So Far)
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We laugh, we cry, we celebrate the best of the year so far with everything from bugalú to boleros to Latinx punk.
Jun 28, 2018
Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa Is Part Of A Long Line of 'Amazing'
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The pianist's new album is a lesson on contemporary Cuban piano, performed with a trio with strong familial ties.
Jun 21, 2018
'Vida,' The Groundbreaking Cable Drama That Gets Latinx Narratives Right
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This week, Alt.Latino talks to Vida show runner Tanya Saracho about portraying Latinx stories of queerness, family and gentefication with an eye toward nuance onscreen and representation offscreen.
Jun 12, 2018
J Balvin Won't Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination
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After cracking the American pop charts last year, the Colombian reggaeton star is following the success of "Mi Gente" with his fifth album, Vibras. And he knows you're still listening.
May 25, 2018
Alt.Latino Encore: Remixing Classics, Fania Opens Its Vaults
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This week on Alt.Latino, we discuss how and whether to remix legendary recordings — and, along the way, feature a new album of remixed salsa classics.
May 17, 2018
Guest DJ Los Texmaniacs: Conjunto Specialists With A Knack For 'Cruzando Borders'
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The San Antonio-based band can trace its musical roots back to conjunto's beginnings in the early 1930s. The group plays guest DJ with tracks from its Spanglish-titled new album.
May 17, 2018
Queer, Punk And Latin: A Discussion About Sexual Identity
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A panel of women take on the topic of what it takes to make in in the Latin music business while staying true to your gender identity.
May 03, 2018
Tiny Desk Contest: The Latinx Artists We Loved
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The NPR Music staff watched almost 5,000 videos during the Tiny Desk Contest. We highlight five Latinx artists that impressed us.
May 03, 2018
Guest DJ Kali Uchis On How Astrud Gilberto And N.E.R.D. Inspired Her Debut Album
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The Colombian-American singer recalls her favorite childhood memories tied to music and plays some of the songs that inspired her debut album Isolation.
Apr 12, 2018
Alt.Latino Extra: Cuco Is The Cariño Of Young Latinos Who Keep Dreaming
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At 19, the producer and singer born Omar Banos has built a millions-strong following for his infectious dream pop — and begun testing it as a tool to help immigrant families like his own.
Apr 04, 2018
Alt.Latino's SXSW 2018 Preview: Amara La Negra, Balún, Bad Gyal And More
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Some artists we can't wait to see at the annual music conference in Austin, Texas, representing a wide spectrum of styles and genres.
Mar 18, 2018
SXSW 2018 Dispatch: Live Performances From The Marias And Amara La Negra
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Alt.Latino hosts our first SXSW Showcase with two bands that show off distinct styles and approaches to Latin music.
Mar 17, 2018
Pre- Oscar Spotlight on Two Indie Latino Films
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Latino film makers create compelling histories of two Chicano civil rights figures in their new films to air on PBS.
Mar 02, 2018
Guest DJ Jorge Drexler: Uruguayan Music That Shaped His Vision
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Jorge Drexler shares music from his native Uruguay that influenced his own music.
Feb 22, 2018
Reggaeton In The Age of #MeToo
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This week, we have a thoughtful discussion of the genre's sometimes controversial depiction of women.
Feb 16, 2018
For Black History Month, A Look At New Music With Afro-Latinx Roots
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All the music in the show this month has a musical or cultural tie to Africa, in celebration of Black History Month.
Feb 08, 2018
The Alt.Latino Interview: Rita Moreno On Her New Show, Life and Accents
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The iconic actress Rita Moreno talks about her new role on One Day At A Time on Netflix and offers lessons about life.
Feb 01, 2018
The Alt.Latino Interview: Louie Vega, A Life In Service To The Groove
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The pioneering DJ and member of Masters At Work talks about his recent Grammy nomination, growing up in the Bronx, and a new collaboration with some of the Cuba's finest musicians.
Jan 30, 2018
New Music To Kick Off Your 2018
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We've already featured some great on the blog — now we add even more great music on the podcast.
Jan 18, 2018
Amidst Political Tumult, Salvadoran Artists Across The Country Discuss Their Work
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Four artists with roots in El Salvador discuss their art and the threat to the country's immigrant community.
Jan 16, 2018
Alt.Latino Album Chat: Making Movies Talk Protest Music
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Alt.Latino kicks off the new year with a new feature: the Alt.Latino Album Chat, a conversation about a new album by the artist who made it. This week, Making Movies.
Jan 05, 2018
Alt.Latino's Favorites: The Songs Of 2017
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We call on some of the top Latinx music writers to help us look back at some of their top cuts of 2017.
Dec 21, 2017
Alt.Latino's Favorites: The Top 10 Latin Albums Of 2017
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In a genre going in as many directions as modern Latin music, how do you narrow a list of albums to just a few favorites? Alt.Latino's host and guests share their attempt for 2017.
Dec 15, 2017
Encore presentation: Festivo Alt.Latino, Gaby Moreno In Concert
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Her voice dripping with Southern R&B grit, Moreno and her band never lose sight of the emotion in the holiday classics they perform at KUT in Austin, Texas from a show recorded in 2015.
Dec 08, 2017
Alt.Latino's Last New Music Show of 2017, Featuring Calma Carmona, Boogat And More
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Alt.Latino's digital and analog mail bags were still bulging with new music, even as the year is drawing to a close. Rock, hip-hop, soul and rancheras — we have it all.
Nov 30, 2017
Alt.Latino's Deeper Dive Into New Pixar Film, 'Coco'
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This week we talk about the new film Coco with an NPR entertainment reporter and some of the principals of the film.
Nov 25, 2017
Road Trip: Alt.Latino Attends The Latin Grammys In Las Vegas
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Alt.Latino makes the trek to Las Vegas to cover the Latin Grammy's! Join us for a visit to the Red Carpet!
Nov 25, 2017
Guest DJ: iLe Shares The Classic Sounds Driving Her New Solo Music
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Puerto Rican artist iLe plays Guest DJ, joining us to spin the classics from another era, the raw material that helped her create the album iLevitable.
Nov 09, 2017
Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist
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The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests — his new album Bad Hombre addresses current events instrumentally.
Oct 23, 2017
Alt.Latino: A Spotlight On Playwrights With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Karen Zacarias
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This week, conversations with two greats of the theatre stage — one you probably know and the other you should.
Oct 13, 2017
Alt.Latino: A Spotlight On Playwrights With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Karen Zacarias
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This week, conversations with two greats of the theatre stage — one you probably know and the other you should.
Oct 12, 2017
'Familia' Affair: Paying Homage To Afro-Cuban Jazz Pioneers
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Pianists Chucho Valdes and Arturo O'Farrill honor their fathers, Latin jazz greats Bebo Valdes and Chico O'Farrill, on a new album. Here, the younger O'Farrill discusses Familia on Alt.Latino.
Oct 12, 2017
Before They Were Nominated: Alt.Latino As Prognosticator
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Alt.Latino favorites rub elbows with Latin music superstars in this year's Latin Grammy nominations. This week we look back at how we covered them this past year.
Sep 28, 2017
Latin Music And Los Angeles' Exchange Explored In The Massive 'Pacific Standard Time'
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A massive cultural exhibit illustrates the connection between Southern California and Latin America in ways that are not so obvious.
Sep 22, 2017
Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan
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Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta visits Alt.Latino to talk about the new documentary about her life. We also talk history, politics and music.
Sep 13, 2017
Making 'Power Of Peace' With The Isley Brothers Checks One Off Santana's Bucket List
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Carlos Santana teamed up with iconic soul and funk band The Isley Brothers for a new album dedicated to peace through music. On this episode, we invite them all to talk about its creation and message.
Sep 07, 2017
End of the Summer Already? New Music For Cooler Temperatures
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New music to drive out that endless loop of "Despacito" playing in your head! Featuring two AltLatino contributors, Catalina Maria John and Marisa Arbona- Ruiz.
Sep 07, 2017
"Despacito" Deeper Dive: More Than Meets The Ear
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It was the No. 1 song in America for 16 straight weeks. As the summer of "Despacito" draws to a close, AltLatino explores the musical, sociological and business ripples created by the song's success.
Sep 07, 2017
LAMC Discoveries: New Artists You Should Know About
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This week, we share our favorite discoveries from the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York.
Aug 07, 2017
Latin Alternative Music Fests Heat Up The Summer
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AltLatino's annual cruise of summer music festivals dedicated to Latin Alternative music, arts and culture. Three cities, four festivals!
Jul 29, 2017
Alt.Latino's Midsummer New Music Roundup
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Beat the heat with this sampler of new tunes, including everything from rock to Latin jazz to electronic to cumbia and flamenco.
Jul 29, 2017
Encore: Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed
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The musical exchange between the United States and Cuba goes back to the 19th century. Thankfully, the two countries' political standoff never filtered down to musicians.
Jul 12, 2017
Music That Inspires, Classic-Rock Edition
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Prompted by the song that activist Jeanette Vizguerra says motivates her — John Lennon's "Imagine" — Alt.Latino presents a mix of inspirational classic-rock songs with Latin and jazz twists.
Jul 07, 2017
Guest DJ Raul Midón's Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense
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The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist blends jazz, Latin music and soul seamlessly on his new album, Bad Ass And Blind. His musical touchpoints range from Paco de Lucía to Mercedes Sosa.
Jun 29, 2017
Guest DJ Ozomatli Covers Mexican Classics With A Reggae Groove
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The globetrotting SoCal band shares tracks from its new album Non-Stop: Mexico>Jamaica, bringing music and laughs to the studio.
Jun 22, 2017
These 3 Latinx Artists Are Challenging, Changing And Reclaiming Culture
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Alt.Latino's summer music magazine features three artists — the band Making Movies, the writer Gabby Rivera and the singer Natalia Lafourcade — whose work reflects the reality and joy of life.
Jun 22, 2017
Guest DJ: Chicano Batman's Musical DNA
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Hear how the members of this SoCal band developed the funky, one-of-a-kind sound that's helped propel it to national success.
Jun 22, 2017
Meet Me At The World Cafe: ÌFÉ Performs Live In Philadelphia
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Alt.Latino joins forces with WXPN'S World Cafe to host an electric performance by the Puerto Rican band. Back in the studio, we speak with the band about its innovative approach to Yoruba culture.
Jun 22, 2017
Guest DJ: Café Tacvba, Mexico's Musical Philosophers
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To celebrate its new album, Jei Beibi, the iconic Mexican band visits Alt.Latino to play guest DJ — and talk about everything but the album.
May 18, 2017
2013 ENCORE-Like Being Hypnotized: Guest DJ With Juana Molina
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We were thrilled to have Juana Molina on the show in 2013 to talk about her album, Wed21, her musical influences, and how to rebel when your parents have the coolest musical tastes ever.
May 12, 2017
Guest DJ Antonio Lizana: Flamenco Jazz On Voice And Saxophone
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The Spanish musician joins AltLatino for a bilingual show exploring the common roots of flamenco and jazz.
May 04, 2017
PBS To Rebroadcast Its Remarkable 'Latin Music USA' Series From 2009
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AltLatino Extra presents a Q&A with the co-creator and Supervising Producer of the seminal PBS music documentary series, Latin Music USA.
May 04, 2017
Alt.Latino Guest DJ: Getting Down With Quetzal
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Members of the Grammy-winning Chicano roots band Quetzal share an eclectic mix of what they're listening to, from Palestinian rap to Morrissey and The Smiths.
May 04, 2017
Alt.Latino's Spring New Music Roundup
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Hear what's new in the world of Latin music with 22 albums that run the gamut from roots to electronic, rock, hip-hop, jazz and folk — and all the things that fall in between.
May 04, 2017
Guest DJ: Residente On Life And Music After Calle 13
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The former Calle 13 frontman starts a new musical chapter with his latest album and documentary film, both of which are records of his two-year trip around the world.
Apr 06, 2017
Music Magazine: Sergio Mendoza, Vinyl Collectors And Tejano Punks On Film
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Hear three mini-profiles of musicians and filmmakers whose art captures Latinx culture and identity — in three very different ways.
Mar 30, 2017
Latin Musicians Bring A Message Of Resistance To SXSW
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A spirit of protest motivated many Latin bands at this year's festival. Hear thoughts and music from some of the artists who performed, including Gina Chavez and members of Ozomatli and Fea.
Mar 30, 2017
Latin Artists Represent In This Year's Tiny Desk Contest
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Discover a few of the many Latin bands that submitted videos for NPR Music's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest.
Mar 30, 2017
Celebrating Mujeres: Butterflies, Brujas And Bey
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March 8 marks International Women's Day. Alt.Latino brings in a panel of Latinx music journalists to explore contemporary feminist movements in music and culture.
Mar 08, 2017
Puerto Rico Marks A Century Of U.S. Citizenship And Musical Exchange
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Percussionist Bobby Sanabria helps investigate the musical dialogue between island and mainland
Mar 06, 2017
Alt.Latino Extra: Being Unapologetic, Being Afro-Latina
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Janel Martinez, founder of the blog Ain't I Latina, talks about Afro-Latina identity and the power of visibility in the media and music.
Feb 27, 2017
'All They Will Call You': A Writer Gives Woody Guthrie's 'Deportees' Their Names Back
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Tim Z. Hernandez's new book is about the plane crash that inspired Guthrie's song "Deportee."
Feb 24, 2017
Get To Know Afro-Brazilian Music With This Alt.Latino Mixtape
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Continue celebrating Black History Month with a dive into the vibrant world of Afro-Brazilian music, including hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz.
Feb 21, 2017
For Black History Month, Celebrate Afro-Latino Music With Smithsonian Folkways
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With Folkways curator Dan Sheehy as a guide, Alt.Latino explores how the music of West Africa has influenced Latin America and the Caribbean.
Feb 09, 2017
'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop
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Hip-hop scholar Jason Nichols says hip-hop in Latin America is more than just music — it's cultural exchange. Hear a conversation and a few tracks from all over the region.
Feb 01, 2017
Alt.Latino Visits NPR's Newest Podcast: Radio Ambulante
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Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast that features a wide array of voices and stories.
Jan 30, 2017
A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell
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As President Obama leaves office, Alt.Latino digs up some of the Latin music that's found its way into the Mixtape-Maker-In-Chief's playlists.
Jan 18, 2017
The Alt.Latino Spring 2017 New Music Preview
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Hear new tracks from Cafe Tacvba, Dayme Arocena, Chicano Batman, Hurray For The Riff Raff and more.
Jan 11, 2017
Alt.Latino Listeners Pick The Best Of 2016
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You've heard from us about the best Latin music of the year — now, we're hearing from you.
Dec 21, 2016
Alt.Latino Picks The Best Latin Music Of 2016
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This was a year for redefining expectations and defying conventions in Latin music. Hear 10 songs that represent just some of the highlights.
Dec 14, 2016
Encore: Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound
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The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. When the band reunited for a short tour this spring, the guitarist told Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.
Dec 07, 2016
The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home
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In the wake of Fidel Castro's death, Alt.Latino looks at the artists who remained in Cuba after the revolution and those who've left — and how their music reflects both realities.
Nov 30, 2016
The Lost Tapes Of Caife: A Vintage Ecuadorian Record Label Revived
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Recently, Ecuadorian DJ Daniel Lofredo Rota stumbled upon a box of tapes from his grandfather's record label. Now, he's reclaiming a lost segment of his country's musical heritage.
Nov 23, 2016
Alt.Latino's Post-Election Meditation: Music For Healing
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Hear a special mix of meditative music, recorded before the votes were tallied, to help you get over the bruising election season.
Nov 09, 2016
Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar: Remembering Those Who've Left Us
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In what's become an annual Día de los Muertos tradition, we play music and personal dedications honoring the departed — from Prince to a listener's abuelito.
Nov 02, 2016
Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos
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Good guys, bad guys, cops and intrigue — it's all part of the world of Latino noir fiction. Author Carmen Amato takes us on a tour of the genre.
Oct 26, 2016
Love For The Lead Guitar: Guest DJ Eljuri
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The accomplished guitarist, songwriter and vocalist dives deep into the world of the lead guitar with a playlist of her favorite classic-rock icons.
Oct 19, 2016
What's On Alt.Latino's Playlist? The Sounds Of Cuba Today
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Cuban musicians are mixing tradition with contemporary styles to create sounds that defy description or categorization. Hear a mix featuring more than 100 songs from today's Cuba.
Oct 14, 2016
Cuban Piano 101: A Century Of Historic Grooves
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The piano is as much a defining sound of Cuban music as percussion. This week on Alt.Latino, we cover the way the country interprets Africa through the keyboard.
Oct 06, 2016
Cuba: While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed
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The musical exchange between the United States and Cuba goes back to the 19th century. Thankfully, the two countries' political standoff never filtered down to musicians.
Sep 30, 2016
Tiny Desk, Huge Enthusiasm: Latin Music On Our Small Stage
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Alt.Latino samples some of the Latin artists who've performed in NPR's one-of-a-kind concert series.
Sep 22, 2016
Late-Summer Jams And A Viral Video From Bomba Estéreo
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Music from across the Latin world, plus an unforgettable "tribute to little brown girls everywhere."
Sep 18, 2016
Willie Bobo: An Appreciation And A New Album
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The percussionist and bandleader, who died in 1983, played a significant role in Latin jazz history. A new album of recently recovered music is cause for revisiting his legacy.
Sep 08, 2016
Alt.Latino Pays Tribute To Juan Gabriel
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The immensely popular Mexican singer died Sunday. Alt.Latino gathers some friends to mourn his death, celebrate his music and unpack his legacy.
Sep 01, 2016
'There Are No Rules': Fea Talks Latina Punk
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The Texas punk band joins Alt.Latino to discuss beauty standards and Latina identity — and to share some loud music with a wicked sense of humor.
Aug 18, 2016
Make Your Own Latin Music Scene
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On this week's Alt.Latino, hear new sounds from musicians who fly below the radar in Latin America, as Remezcla music editor Isabelia Herrera shares some key tracks.
Aug 11, 2016
Encore: From Puerto Rican Soul To Ranchero Punk, New Obsessions In Latin Music
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In this week's encore presentation, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras document their eclectic musical passions — including amazing music from the Los Angeles Tropical revival.
Aug 04, 2016
Cool Songs For Beating The Midsummer Heat
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The music gets very chill this week with smooth Latin soul from the daughter of a Latin music icon and Mexican folk renditions of music from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
Jul 28, 2016
Las Mostras: Fierce Women Of Latin Music
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In this week's episode of Alt.Latino, hear the music of "Las Mostras": the powerful, talented women of Latin music.
Jul 22, 2016
Three Cities, Four Festivals, One Alt.Latino Weekend
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Philadelphia, New York and Chicago hosted four Latin Alternative music festivals within 48 hours of each other. Somehow, we managed to get to all of them.
Jul 15, 2016
Guest DJ Agustín Lira: Struggles And Hope
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The veteran protest singer reflects on a crucial time for the farm-worker movement when he helped organize workers using music.
Jul 07, 2016
Alt.Latino Picks The Best Of 2016 (So Far)
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We're halfway through the year, and we've already heard so much great music.
Jun 30, 2016
'I Feel Like I'm Free When I'm Dancing There': Love And Pride On The Dance Floor
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The recent tragedy in Orlando hit a space that's practically sacred for gay Latinos. This week, Alt.Latino celebrates stories of the dance floor.
Jun 23, 2016
Encore: The Honduran-Canadian Singer And The Swedish Band: An Alt.Latino Love Story
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Good music is good music, and it eventually breaks down all barriers. This week we've got Mexican bluegrass, Venezuelan retro and a Honduran crooner who makes beautiful music in Canada.
Jun 16, 2016
A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts
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Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.
Jun 09, 2016
We Are Everywhere: Latin Alternative Music In Unexpected Places
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As Latino populations grow in locations far from large urban centers, local music scenes are thriving. This week, Alt.Latino showcases a few artists from places off the beaten path.
Jun 03, 2016
Thelma & Luis: An Alt.Latino Road Trip With Attitude
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The lure of the open road was too much to resist this week, so Alt.Latino turns the volume up on a collection that includes Central American heavy metal, Cuban guitar jazz and Brazilian DJs.
May 26, 2016
Alt.Latino Goes Classical: Orchestral Music From Latin America
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Hear re-imagined pre-Colombian music and arias from the jungles of Brazil and beyond, chosen with the help of Tom Huizenga from NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence.
May 20, 2016
Guest DJ Junot Diaz: 'It Takes Guts To Be Alive'
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An encore presentation of an all-encompassing conversation with award-winning author Junot Diaz. Diaz also picks an exciting assortment of bachata and urban merengue to play on the show.
May 12, 2016
Remixing Classics: Fania Opens Its Vaults
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This week on Alt.Latino, we discuss how and whether to remix legendary recordings — and, along the way, feature a new album of remixed salsa classics.
May 05, 2016
6 Young Music Producers Who Shape Latino Identity With Sound
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Alt.Latino offers a view from inside the mixing room, featuring talents you should know.
Apr 29, 2016
Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil: Living History
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This week on Alt.Latino, the two iconic Brazilians discuss history and music.
Apr 29, 2016
Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound
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The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. As the band reunites for a short tour this spring, the guitarist tells Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.
Apr 14, 2016
Cultural Give-And-Take With Guest DJ Daymé Arocena
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In a fun and vibrant conversation with Alt.Latino, the Cuban singer makes it clear that her country's political isolation from the U.S. didn't apply to music.
Apr 07, 2016
Take Alt.Latino's 'Ladies Of Spring' Mix For A Spin
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Cuban disco, Colombian love ballads, breezy Honduran-American anthems and winding Brazilian hip-hop: Meet the women who are here to start the season off right.
Mar 31, 2016
SXAméricas 2016: An Embarrassment Of Riches
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The festival-within-a-festival at Austin's SXSW featured more than 200 Latin bands. Choosing just six to highlight was a challenge Alt.Latino cheerfully accepted.
Mar 24, 2016
The Blossoming Of Guest DJ Kat Dahlia
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The pop singer's recent live shows reveal a performer who's finally hitting her stride. She joins Alt.Latino to talk about her musical influences and her latest album, My Garden.
Mar 17, 2016
Discover Latin Musicians From The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest
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This week on Alt.Latino, hear an incredible range of Latin sounds from this year's entrants.
Mar 10, 2016
Guest DJ Seu Jorge's Musical DNA
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The Brazilian singer and actor reveals how his music has been shaped by samba, funk and David Bowie.
Mar 04, 2016
#OscarsSoWhite, But Here's How To Break Hollywood's Rules
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NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins Alt.Latino to discuss actors and filmmakers who are showing the industry what diversity looks like.
Feb 25, 2016
The Revolution Will Be Televised: Inside 'Bordertown'
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Two of the Fox sitcom's writers, Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano, sit down with Alt.Latino to discuss creating culturally relevant comedy and making history.
Feb 18, 2016
Love Stories In Union Square
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Alt.Latino puts aside its hatred of Valentine's Day to hear New Yorkers' tales of love lost and found.
Feb 11, 2016
Sidestepper: Richard Blair's Timeless Great Idea
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The Colombian band has a long history of widespread influence and electronically enhanced grooves. Hear the band's founder in a music-filled discussion with Alt.Latino.
Feb 04, 2016