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Latin Roots: Essential Latin Jazz

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Producer Aaron Luis Levinson shares some of his favorite music on World Cafe's Latin music series.

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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.

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Latin Roots: Tango Essentials

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The World Cafe series explores the music and dance of Argentina with help from musician Rachel Faro.

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Morning Edition

On Fania Records And The Music That Made It Matter

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Fifty years ago, a New York musician and his lawyer friend started a small record label that would become a global brand, taking salsa music from New York clubs to the rest of the world.

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Latin Roots: Essential Latin Funk

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Latin Alternative's Josh Norek spins songs by Ray Barretto and Los Amigos Invisibles.

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For The Love Of Ricky Martin: In Praise Of Latin Pop

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vocal coach Ximena Mor (of The Voice Mexico) joins Alt.Latino's Jasmine Garsd to discuss why Latin pop stars don't always get the credit they deserve.

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Garage-Rocker AJ Davila Unplugs In A Hair Salon

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An exciting underground music scene has sprung up in Puerto Rico, and Davila is at its helm. Just in time for fall, watch him perform a summery song called "Es Verano Ya."

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Latin Roots: Essential Salsa Songs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hear two essential salsa songs, courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Aaron Luis Levinson.

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Gustavo Cerati, Leader Of Latin Rock's Soda Stereo, Dies At 55

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Argentine singer and producer's band helped make the Rock En Español movement a reality in the 1980s and '90s. Cerati suffered a stroke in 2010 and had been in a coma until his death on Thursday.

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Latin Roots: 'Mystical South America'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores a musical movement in Argentina. She first heard the music through visual arts and describes it as ecological, spiritual and organic.

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First Listen: Bebel Gilberto, 'Tudo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo lives up to Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. It strikes the perfect mix of chill and melancholy that's become her specialty.

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All Things Considered

'Global Village' Presents New Collaborations In Latin Music

Saturday, August 09, 2014

World music DJ Betto Arcos returns to spin his favorite new collaborations between female singers and guitarists.

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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.

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Magos Herrera And Javier Limon Serve Up Musical Tapas

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The jazz singer and flamenco guitarist paired up for the new album Dawn, which features both American and Latin jazz standards, as well as classic Mexican folk songs.

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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.

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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.

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Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

Sunday, July 27, 2014

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.

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KCRW Presents: Rodrigo Amarante

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. Watch him perform "Mana" at KCRW.

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All Things Considered

Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.

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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.

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