Jasmine Garsd

Jasmine Garsd appears in the following:

From California To Cuba, New Loves And Legends

Thursday, May 30, 2013

We cover even more bases than usual on this week's show, with new songs from across the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. This episode also spans generations of musical history: We've got new releases by legendary bands like Brazil's Os Mutantes, but also pay close attention to artists we consider legends ...


Latin Roots: Canto Cardenche, The Sound Of Sorrow

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A naked person walks into a fancy gala. In a world of overproduced, painstakingly packaged and perfectly polished music, that's what it's like to hear Canto Cardenche — a completely a cappella style of Mexican music — for the first time. It's one of the most stunning, honest and unpretentious ...


'Las Caras Lindas': To Be Black And Puerto Rican In 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

" I am a black man
Who was born café con leche
I sneaked into a party, to which I had not been invited.
And I got kicked out. They threw me out.
When I went back to have fun with the black girls
All together they said 'Maelo, ...


Black, Puerto Rican And Proud: Guest DJ Tego Calderón

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A few months ago, while in Puerto Rico for NPR's Morning Edition, I got a chance to sit down with one of my favorite Spanish-language rappers, Tego Calderón.

Calderón is one of today's most fascinating Puerto Rican musicians; he's responsible for some of the most danceable and sexy ...


Latin Roots: Son Jarocho

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Oh! It is so good to fly, at 2 in the morning, at 2 in the morning, it's so good to fly, oh mama! To fly and let yourself fall, into the arms of a lady ... The witch grabs me, she takes me to her home, she sits ...


A Braid Of Words: Guest DJ With Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'

Friday, May 10, 2013

"When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there."

That sentence is one of my favorite stories, and one of the shortest works of fiction ever written, by Guatemalan author Augusto Monterroso. To some, the dinosaur represents life's everyday, unconquerable monsters: love, money, mortality. To others, the dinosaur is ...


6 New Latin Songs To Make You Move

Thursday, May 02, 2013

We've had a crazy year so far here on Alt.Latino, with a lot of traveling, music festivals and exciting guest DJs. We're not complaining, but we're ready to take a break, kick back and do one of our favorite things: share new music. This week, Felix even brings a ...


First Listen: La Vida Boheme, 'Sera'

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A few weeks ago, I crossed the tense city of Caracas, Venezuela, to meet with La Vida Boheme singer Henry D'Arthenay. The country's presidential elections were a few days away, pitting Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro — who has since won — against conservative Henrique Capriles. ...


Making It Rain Cafe Con Leche: Latin Songs About Coffee, Sex And Politics

Friday, April 26, 2013

Coffee runs through the veins of Latin America. As economically and culturally ubiquitous as it is throughout the continent, it's only natural that it would also be a constant theme in Latin American music. But coffee, present throughout Latin song, is rarely just about a cup of joe: the drink ...


Azuquita Pa'l Cafe: What Coffee Songs Mean To Latin America

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My godmother once gave me a solemn warning about boys: There is no such thing as "just a cup of coffee." She was right. Coffee is a cunning, baffling brew that has led political factions to battle; race is discussed through it; heartbreak has been stewed in it; and, much ...


First Listen: Os Mutantes, 'Fool Metal Jack'

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One of the biggest losses in the translation of Latin American culture is Brazilian melancholy. It's more than a casualty of cultural misunderstanding; it's a product of the fetishizing of Brazil and its people, which strips them down to happy, over-sexed, party-hard alternatives to the grim denizens of "developed" nations. ...


The Music Of The Venezuelan Presidential Campaigns

Friday, April 12, 2013

On Sunday, voters in Venezuela will head to the polls, and in Caracas, the noise level is as high as voters' emotions. There is a background noise that accompanies everyday life in Latin America, a constant soundtrack: music blaring from food stands and cars, loud automobiles that are so run-down ...


La Vida Boheme's Singer Picks An Essential Venezuelan Soundtrack

Thursday, April 04, 2013

For the next week, I'll be traveling throughout Venezuela along with NPR's Morning Edition. I leave our faithful audience in the good hands of beloved Alt.Latino co-host Felix Contreras.

I'll help out mostly with our news coverage. But, Venezuela being the musical powerhouse that it is, Felix and I just ...


Fresh Flavor For Your Ears: 7 New Latin Songs

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Traveling for leisure is a modern concept. Before the mid-19th century, voyaging for fun (and sometimes for health reasons) was limited to the wealthy. For everyone else, traveling was either out of necessity (diaspora) or a vocation: sailors, explorers, the military. One of my favorite works of literature, The Odyssey, ...


Vive Latino 2013: Who Rocked The House?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Of all the music festivals I attend each year, Mexico City's Vive Latino is by far my favorite. While other festivals function as gathering places for the industry and marketers, Vive Latino feels like a genuine celebration of great music. For three days, you can lose yourself among hundreds of ...


From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

Friday, March 15, 2013

I had to catch my breath when I first stepped onto the SXSW grounds. The Austin, Texas festival features tens of thousands of bands, films, speaking events and more. The sheer amount of activities can get overwhelming.

Our colleague Stephen Thompson accurately described SXSW as "several festivals within a festival" ...


Guest DJ: Oscar-Winning Composer Gustavo Santaolalla

Thursday, March 07, 2013

My literature professor in high school once shared a memory of growing up in the Argentine dictatorship that stuck with me: She recalled buying an AC/DC album as a teenager in the '70s, going into her basement with her friends, unwrapping the album and rocking out to the record at ...


Alt.Latino Presents Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, Bajofondo And More At SXSW 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Earlier this year, when NPR Music told us we'd present our first Latin Alternative showcase at South by Southwest, we were asked to dream up the most fantastic, mind-blowing lineup we could possibly imagine. I jokingly told my co-host, Felix Contreras, that we should get the legendary Mexican rock band ...