Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

Surviving SXSW 2015, With An Assist

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.


Aurelio: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


First Listen: Omar Sosa, 'Ile'

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.


Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

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.


How Santería Seeped Into Latin Music

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.


Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

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.


Festivo Alt.Latino: Cantigas In Concert

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.


Davíd Garza: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Making Movies: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Reflecting its ancestral roots in Panama, this rousing band from Kansas City mixes languages, styles and eras with infectious energy.


In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The guitarist says he sees music as a "positive thought that creates a million positive vibrations."


Alt.Latino Lays Out A Sonic Altar For Dia De Los Muertos

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Celebrate Saturday's holiday (and, by extension, lost loved ones) with laughter, tears and music.


Raquel Sofia: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Bio Ritmo: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Puerto Rican Princesses And Mexican Centaurs

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.


Irene Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


The Undeniable Strength Of A Great Song

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.


Quetzal: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest

Friday, August 01, 2014

Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.


First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales'

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.


A New World Of Expression: Latino Identity Through Music

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.