Felix Contreras appears in the following:
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Y La Bamba's lead singer teams up with the head of the thrilling neo-mambo band Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta. The result is somehow even greater than the sum of its parts.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In a performance of "Prédio," recorded live on the streets of Austin, the Brazilian band coaxes beautiful sounds out of a children's bicycle and other found objects.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
In "El Gigante," the Uruguayan band blends many sounds — including the Americana to its north.
Friday, May 01, 2015
See a singer called "the Sinatra of flamenco," a musical game changer whose expressive style draws on jazz and a range of other genres.
Monday, April 20, 2015
This clever medley superimposes one of Duke Ellington's sacred works over a Led Zeppelin classic.
Friday, April 17, 2015
The singer's lyrics reflect deeply felt emotions in this sophisticated, passionate performance with cellist Daniel de Jesus.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Alt.Latino's hosts called on others to help them wade through the talented Latin artists at this year's festival, including Buraka Som Sistema, Gina Chavez and Macaco.
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Accompanied by traditional Garifuna musicians and an electric guitar, Aurelio weaves together intricate layers of acoustic guitar to capture the polyrhythms of West African music.
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Sosa's songs are saturated with the beauty and power of West African music dedicated to Yoruba deities. And yet an unmistakable reverence for jazz pervades every note.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.
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.