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Rosalía: How the genre-bending pop star found her confidence

Anamaria Sayre sits down with Spanish superstar Rosalía, who just earned eight Latin Grammy nominations, to talk about her musical inspirations, divine sensuality and constant pull to transform. → Read More

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Carin León: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

A four song performance from the Mexican Regional artist captures a society in transition. → Read More

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Alt.Latino kicks off Latinx Heritage Month on World Cafe

Felix Contreras and new co-host Anamaria Sayre discuss the evolution of Alt.Latino and give a preview of their month-long takeover of the Tiny Desk Concert series, El Tiny. → Read More

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'El Tiny' takeover returns for Latinx Heritage Month

This year we celebrate our second "El Tiny" takeover of the Tiny Desk concerts to honor the wide range of sounds and experiences that make up Latinx heritage. → Read More

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Omar Apollo: Ballet Folklórico OG, Pharrell Whisperer, and Hot Sauce Entrepreneur

Anamaria Sayre sits down with R&B darling Omar Apollo to talk about his experiences growing up in Indiana and becoming a role model for queer Latinx kids. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5

NPR Music's picks for the best releases out this week include a potent new EP from the rapper Doechii, hyper-pop from Pussy Riot, roots salsa from Colombia's Meridian Brothers and more. Featured Albums:1. Doechii — she / her / black bitchFeatured Tracks: "Bitches Be," "Swamp Bitches," "Persuasive"2. Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento — Meridian Brothers & El Grupo RenacimientoFeatured… → Read More

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From the archives: flamenco, rock and songs of rebellion from Spain

Alt.Latino intern Vita Dadoo revisits podcast episodes to feature three conversations about music from Spain and explores the musical traditions that inspired these artists as well as the impact they made in the Spanish-speaking world. → Read More

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From the archives: the many faces of 'Regional Mexican'

Alt.Latino intern Vita Dadoo parses through the podcast archive to feature two conversations on the musical styles referred to as "Regional Mexican," its history, and its rising popularity among audiences in the U.S., Mexico and beyond. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

The best albums out this week include Wilco's double-length Cruel Country, a debut from the singer UMI, the latest installment in Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's Jazz Is Dead series and more.Featured Albums:1. Jean Carne, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge — JID012Featured Songs: "Black Love," "Visions"2. Wilco — Cruel CountryFeatured Songs: "I Am My Mother," "The Plains," "A Lifetime… → Read More

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Thee Sinseers: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The California band The Sinseers play a passionate and retro four-song set in this Tiny Desk (home) concert. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 22

The best albums out this week include It's Almost Dry from Pusha T, space rock from Spiritualized, a gorgeous ambient record from OHYUNG, a rediscovered Charles Mingus live recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Pusha T — It's Almost DryFeatured Tracks "Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes," "Dreaming of the Past," "Just So You Remember," "I Pray For You"2. Jorge Drexler — Tinta y TiempoFeatured… → Read More

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From the archives: interviews with Ibeyi, Ivy Queen and Silvina Moreno

Alt.Latino intern Cat Sposato takes over the show to feature more stories for Women's History Month. → Read More

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Daddy Yankee, a reggaeton 'leyenda,' retires

Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee has announced his retirement from music at the age of 45. But it's unclear whether that means he'll never perform or release music again. → Read More

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Los Rivera Destino: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The comedic Puerto Rican trio delivers a visual and lyrical treat of a performance. → Read More

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From the archives: Latinas in punk

The San Antonio based punk band Fea is featured in a discussion about Latinas and punk. → Read More

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From the archives: exploring the representation of women in reggaeton

This week we go back to the era of "Despacito" to discuss the impact of reggaeton on women and reggaetonera pioneer Ivy Queen. → Read More

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From the archives: vibrant conversations with artists Daymé Arocena and iLe

For another edition from our archives, we go back to interviews with vocalists Daymé Arocena and iLe much earlier in their careers. → Read More

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Celebrating Women's History Month with three powerful Latinas

We celebrate Women's History Month with three complex yet stylistically distinct Latina musicians: Ana Tijoux, Li Saumet and Lila Downs. → Read More

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From the archives: A deep dive into Afro-Latinx culture

Revisiting a program from 2014 that offers an overview of Afro-Latino culture and history. → Read More

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Revisiting the work of two Afro-Latinx pioneers

Celebrate Black History Month with two interviews from the Alt.Latino archive with Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon and Dominican vocalist Amara La Negra. → Read More