Felix Contreras

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Photographing A Musical Exchange Between New Orleans And Havana

Thursday, January 30, 2020

An indomitable musical culture survived the tragedy of the international slave trade. Alt.Latino captured a weeklong celebration featuring artists Trombone Shorty, Tank and the Bangas and Cimafunk.


Alt.Latino Playlist: A Tribute, A Hip-Hop Remake Of A Cuban Classic And More

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Bad Bunny's tribute to Kobe Bryant, the Cuban hip-hop pioneers Orishas' uncleared remix and proud Latina joy from Angelica Garcia highlight the playlist this week.


Brownout: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 10, 2020

The Austin, Texas band brought old-school R&B horns, bongos and deep grooves to the Tiny Desk.


Alt.Latino Playlist: New Music To Start 2020

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Here's the first volley in a year-long celebration of Alt.Latino's upcoming ten-year anniversary in June.


Spanglish Fly: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Spanglish Fly is one of the pioneers of the boogaloo revival scene happening on the East Coast. For about sixteen minutes, they turned the NPR Music offices into the hottest Latin dance club in D.C.


Balún: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, December 20, 2019

It's impossible to not be drawn in by the visual specter of Balún as the band mixes traditional instruments and electronics, set against a rich tapestry of voices.


Alt.Latino Playlist: One Last Tamal For 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A playlist perfect for holiday parties in your tia's kitchen and with the primos in the basement. Plus, an exclusive video from Ruben Blades.


Los Lobos: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

When Los Lobos gathered behind the Tiny Desk, it felt like they were cramped in the back room of a family Christmas party, calling up tunes from the Latin holiday song book.


The 'Alt.Latino' Year In Music

Sunday, December 15, 2019

We have 2019 picks for standout Latin music.


Alt.Latino Playlist: Favorites Dominate The Week

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Irene Diaz, Kali Uchis and Ulises Hadjis have been on the Alt.Latino radar for nearly a decade; their new singles share space with newer names.


A Jazz Piano Christmas 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

This year's edition of A Jazz Piano Christmas features a mix of artists from the East Coast and West Coast jazz scenes. We're celebrating the holidays with swing.


Alt.Latino Playlist: Boleros And Innovative Electronic Music Warm Winter's Arrival

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Bundle up! We're getting ready for cold weather with new songs by Lido Pimienta, Dimelo Flow, Tiger Army and David Lawrence.


Ozuna Evolves With 'Niburu'

Friday, November 29, 2019

"We make music to collide with the world." The Puerto Rican superstar discusses Nibiru, his musical beginnings and the state of Latin urban music.


The Rise Of Urbano In The 2010s: An Alt.Latino/All Songs Considered Crossover

Friday, November 22, 2019

Felix Contreras traces the decade-long rise of sociological and musical forces that eventually birthed and cemented a style now called urbano.


Alt.Latino Playlist: Old And New Friends

Thursday, November 21, 2019

We introduce the world to a Brazilian artist you should know along with some musical surprises full of fun and innovation.


Alt.Latino: A Puerto Rican Power Trio, Miami Chillwave, Industrial Rosalía

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Ricky Martin, Residente & Bad Bunny celebrate the uplift of the Puerto Rican people through music on this week's playlist. Plus new music from Rosalía, MillionYoung and Henry Cole.


'Alt.Latino' Playlist

Sunday, November 10, 2019

NPR's Alt.Latino posts playlists weekly. We mine some recent playlists for some surprising and noteworthy tracks.


Alt.Latino Playlist: Where Cuban Funk, Latin Urban, And Dream Pop Rub Elbows

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Once you hear La Doña's mujer-powered "femmeton," Cuba's Cimafunk and Junior Mesa's mellow moods, you'll be won over, too.


Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar For Día De Los Muertos

Friday, November 01, 2019

In what's become an annual tradition on Alt.Latino, we remember those we've lost through song with reverence and a little joy.


Cuban Fusion Pioneers Sintesís On Queen, Santería And Prog Rock

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sometimes the musicians who visit Alt.Latino prefer to express themselves in Spanish. Founders of the genre-busting Cuban band Sintesís share their love of Freddie Mercury and santería.