Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

Latin Musicians Bring A Message Of Resistance To SXSW

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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.

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First Listen: ÌFÉ, 'IIII+IIII'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Puerto Rican band injects Yoruban devotional songs with electronic production to form one of the more exciting releases of 2017.

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Latin Artists Represent In This Year's Tiny Desk Contest

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Discover a few of the many Latin bands that submitted videos for NPR Music's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest.

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Remembering Dave Valentin, The Dazzling Latin Jazz Flutist

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Valentin, who died Wednesday, is remembered by his longtime bandmate Robby Ameen.

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Celebrating Mujeres: Butterflies, Brujas And Bey

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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.

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Puerto Rico Marks A Century Of U.S. Citizenship And Musical Exchange

Thursday, March 02, 2017

On the centennial of the law that made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, percussionist Bobby Sanabria helps us investigate the musical cross-pollination between island and mainland.

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First Listen: Daymé Arocena, 'Cubafonía'

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The young Cuban powerhouse draws on the power of Afro-Cuban traditions, the nimble athleticism of jazz, and catchy pop melodies.

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Alt.Latino Extra: Being Unapologetic, Being Afro-Latina

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

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'All They Will Call You': A Writer Gives Woody Guthrie's 'Deportees' Their Names Back

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tim Z. Hernandez started with a line from Guthrie's "Deportee" and ended up identifying the song's anonymous subjects. His book speaks to the universality of the immigrant experience.

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First Listen: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, 'Transparent Water'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and Senegalese kora master make a powerful statement on this transfixing, multi-cultural affair.

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First Listen: Ani Cordero, 'Querido Mundo'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Latin rock veteran's new album is a direct musical statement about the state of affairs in the world.

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Get To Know Afro-Brazilian Music With This Alt.Latino Mixtape

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Continue celebrating Black History Month with a dive into the vibrant world of Afro-Brazilian music, including hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz.

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Al Jarreau, Versatile Vocalist Who 'Played His Voice,' Dies At 76

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Since the legendary singer began his career in the 1960s, he won Grammys in the jazz, pop and R&B categories. Just one clue that Jarreau, who died Sunday, was impossible to categorize.

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For Black History Month, Celebrate Afro-Latino Music With Smithsonian Folkways

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

With Folkways curator Dan Sheehy as a guide, Alt.Latino explores how the music of West Africa has influenced Latin America and the Caribbean.

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First Listen: Miguel Zenón, 'Típico'

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Puerto Rican saxophonist's 10th album is a portrait of a band lost in thought with smiles on their faces.

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'La Verdad': The Truth Of Latin American Hip-Hop

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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.

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Miramar: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 27, 2017

Watch the Virginia band sweep the NPR crowd off its feet with a collection of exquisite boleros by Puerto Rican composer Sylvia Rexach.

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Alt.Latino Visits NPR's Newest Podcast: Radio Ambulante

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast that features a wide array of voices and stories.

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A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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.

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Lila Downs: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 13, 2017

With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City's Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi.

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