Felix Contreras

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First Listen: Carla Morrison, 'Amor Supremo'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Carla Morrison's music exists in a private emotional space where she can address joys, heartbreaks and secret desires. But her words also speak to larger pursuits in life: family, career, child-rearing, friendship, lifelong relationships. There are lessons in her delicate voice if you listen for the deeper meanings.

With ...


A Guide To Grupo Fantasma's New Album, 'Problemas'

Monday, October 26, 2015

David Greene speaks with Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras about Grupo Fantasma. Its new album, "Problemas," can be heard in full on our website this week, as part of NPR Music's "First Listen" feature.


First Listen: Grupo Fantasma, 'Problemas'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Grupo Fantasma's raucous, good-time mix of funk, cumbia and soul emerged from the clubs of Austin at the start of the century, bringing with it a fresh sensibility for Tejano music. Now, the band faces a challenge: How do you make that great idea even better?

Problemas answers the ...


Songs We Love: Buika Feat. Jason Mraz, 'Carry Your Own Weight'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Maria Concepción Balboa Buika, the vocalist known simply as Buika has an extraordinary voice. It's based in flamenco, which she heard as a child on the Spanish island of Mallorca. But layered on top of that are a whole range of popular influences including jazz and R&B (she ...


Songs We Love: Brownout, 'La Raza'

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kid Frost is a bit of a pioneer in Latin rap, and his 1990 track "La Raza" is also a ground breaking track, sampling the El Chicano jazz/rock classic "Viva Tirado." All of that is a given.

What blows my mind is that it has been 25 years since that ...


At 84, Award-Winning Actress Rita Moreno Tries New Projects

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rita Moreno will receive the Kennedy Center Honor next month for her career in show business. With a new gig as a voice in an animated TV series and a new album, there's no way she's done performing.


With Dramas On The Dial, 'Freedom' Made History By Teaching It

Saturday, October 10, 2015

In an era of segregation and base stereotypes, Richard Durham brought a different tone to broadcast radio. On Sunday mornings in the '40s, he told nuanced stories of history's great black Americans.


Twice The Fun With Guest DJ Ibeyi

Thursday, October 08, 2015

It only makes sense that a listening party led by twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, who make up the duo Ibeyi, would turn into a cool singalong. The two seem to have music pouring out of them at every second: As soon as they sat down in the ...


New Tunes, Old-School Delivery

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I am old school — I still get my music mostly from CDs, and I had a stack to play for this show.

Sometimes the music speaks for itself. So that's what we're doing on Alt.Latino this week. As they used to say in the radio biz, it's all about ...


Gina Chavez: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Much has happened for Gina Chavez since I first saw her at an unofficial SXSW showcase about five years ago: two albums, fan and industry recognition, this year's Austin Music Award for Austin Musician Of The Year. Chavez's music has developed over the years, just as it should.



Cruising In El Minivan: Alt.Latino Surveys The State Of Kids' Music

Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Alt.Latino co-host, Jasmine Garsd, has never shown much interest in an episode about children's music. She doesn't have kids, so the magic of the idea is lost on her. So I enlisted two of my fellow NPR dads, Eyder Peralta and Rolando Arrieta, for a discussion of what we ...


First Listen: Los Lobos, 'Gates Of Gold'

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How do you go back to the well after 40 years spent drawing up buckets and buckets of creativity? Where do you find the inspiration? How do you get motivated? How do you stare down that blank page one more time?

That was the dilemma Los Lobos inevitably faced ...


Speed Dating With Alt.Latino

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Have you ever spent hours in a record store and come home with so much great music that you didn't know where to start?

"Record store? What's that?"

OK. To get a feel of what that was like, take a look at the list of songs we play in this ...


Latitudes And Longitudes: Latin Music From Around The Globe

Thursday, September 03, 2015

We listen to a lot of different kinds of music at Alt.Latino. Every now and then, we like to play material that falls outside of the Latin Alternative vein. So we asked our colleague Anastasia Tsioulcas to bring in tracks that she's collected for her blog, Latitudes, and help ...


A Witness To History: Guest DJ Arturo O'Farrill

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Few of us get to witness a true historical moment — the kind that can change the world. On August 14, the moment the U.S. flag was raised over a newly opened U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Arturo O'Farrill witnessed one of those moments.

The Cuban-American musician was one of ...


First Listen: Arturo O'Farrill, 'Cuba: The Conversation Continues'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Last December, the night before Barack Obama announced that he would seek to update U.S. relations with Cuba, Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra played a gig at Havana's U.S. Interest Section.

O'Farrill took the ALJO there to record an album in the hopes of illustrating that, ...


An Explosion Of Music From Brasil Summerfest 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Like most of you, Alt.Latino won't be able to make it to Brasil Summerfest 2015, a 10-day explosion of music held each year in New York City. But the least we can do is bring a bit of the festival to you.

We invited co-curator Beco Dranoff to ...


Songs We Love: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, 'Yo'

Friday, July 24, 2015

When mariachi musician Nati Cano died last year the world lost a true cultural warrior. His dedication to the Mexican folk music was a lifelong passion that took place initially in bars and at public events, then eventually on the world's greatest stages.

His singular focus was highlighting ...


No Sleep Until NYC, Chicago And Philly: A Latin Alternative Feast

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our little corner of the music world seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

Earlier this month, there were three music festivals in one weekend dedicated exclusively to Latin alternative music. They reflected the genre's growth and popularity in very distinct ways. To get to the bottom of this, we ...


First Listen: Totó La Momposina, 'Tambolero'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Colombian folkloric vocalist Totó la Momposina is considered a living, cultural treasure in that country. Since the 1970s, she has been singing and dancing to the music of the Colombian Caribbean coast on stages around the world.

Her seminal album was La Candela Vive, which she recorded for