Felix Contreras appears in the following:
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Santería ceremonies are for calling out to the spiritual world, and that spiritual connection is made through music. Felix Contreras explores how some sacred beats made a secular crossover.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
"Mi Burrito Sabanero" is about a little donkey making its way to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. We hear about a reimagined version of the classic Latin American Christmas song by Gaby Moreno.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The vocal group embraced a range of Latin American traditions in their holiday program. Hear them celebrate the season by singing in Spanish, Nahuatl and Quechua in NPR's Studio 1.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The veteran Austin singer-songwriter, whose voice sounds familiar yet new, joins his stunning voice with that of touring partner (and Tiny Desk veteran) Gaby Moreno.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Reflecting its ancestral roots in Panama, this rousing band from Kansas City mixes languages, styles and eras with infectious energy.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The guitarist says he sees music as a "positive thought that creates a million positive vibrations."
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Celebrate Saturday's holiday (and, by extension, lost loved ones) with laughter, tears and music.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The singer has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira. Now, she headlines a concert of her own behind Bob Boilen's desk.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The 10-piece salsa band has burnished its reputation on dance floors, where it never fails to make people move. So push some furniture out of the way, press play on this video, and enjoy.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
This week on Alt.Latino, hear a wide-ranging mix of new music, with everyone from young Nuyorican performer Princess Nokia to Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming a ukulele intently, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Watch them perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.
Friday, August 08, 2014
A gloriously unexpected cover of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" is just one surprise on this week's episode of Alt.Latino.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The East L.A. band's mix of old and new sounds from across Mexico and the U.S. will penetrate the intellect even as it makes your hips sway. The resulting sound inspires as much as it entertains.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Quetzal has spent two decades playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alt.Latino celebrates its fourth birthday with musicians from Winnipeg to Buenos Aires. Together, the selections reflect a new Latino identity, with sounds both new and traditional.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, The Echocentrics, Ocote Soul Sounds and Spanish Gold all capture the vision of the Austin musician. This week on Alt.Latino, Quesada spins some of his favorite music.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
A Latin funk, Black Sabbath tribute reminds listeners of the timeless sound the iconic heavy metal band made, with horns, congas and attitude.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
The Colombian band thoroughly understands musical traditions. How better to eviscerate them? Meridian Brothers' off-kilter melodies veer from the inviting to the dissonant in a matter of seconds.