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Alt.Latino And NPR News: Musical Profiles From Mexico, Cuba and Peru

This week we share music stories from NPR News that you should know about, featuring Cimafunk, Susana Baca and 'El Charro de Mexico' Vicente Fernandez. → Read More

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Alt.Latino Unpacks the Latest Music News, Including Latin Grammy Drama

An eclectic round-up of all the current happenings across the Latin Music world. Listen to conversations with Juanes, José González, Yosmel Montejo, as well as a run-down of the Latin Grammy nominations drama. This kind of chisme you don't want to miss. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart, new ones from Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire, and more. Featured Albums:1. James Blake — Friends That Break Your HeartFeatured Songs: "Foot Forward" and "Frozen"2. BadBadNotGood — Talk MemoryFeatured Song: "Beside April"3. Susana Baca — Palabras… → Read More

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Humanity Has No Border on La Frontera

We bring you three stories from the U.S.-Mexico border: an unlikely music festival, musician/activist La Muna, and a bullfighting training center in Texas. → Read More

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Eme Alfonso: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Cuban vocalist and her parents perform a three-song set from Havana for this stop of our "El Tiny" tour of Latin music. → Read More

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It's Lit! Latina Novelists On Living With (And Writing In) Two Languages

Isabel Allende (The Soul of a Woman) and Sandra Cisneros (Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo) tell Alt.Latino about the role of women in Latino cultures, and why you kill off the handsome male character by page 112. → Read More

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Elvis En Español: 'This Year's Model' Reimagined

A score of Latin artists reimagine Elvis Costello's 1978 classic album, This Year's Model, completely in Spanish. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 17

The debut album from singer and rapper Lil Nas X tops our list of the week's best releases, along with the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, new ones from José González, Carly Pearce and more.Featured Albums: 1. Lil Nas X — MonteroFeatured Song: "Dead Right Now"2. Carly Pearce — 29: Written In StoneFeatured Song: "Diamondback"3. Charley Crockett — Music City USAFeatured Song: "Honest… → Read More

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An 'El Tiny' Takeover During Hispanic Heritage Month

Tiny Desk will devote its next month of programming to celebrating Latinx artists. → Read More

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Alt. Latino's Fall Music Preview

Our digital mail bag overflows with great new music to head into the last part of 2021. Songs heard on this episode:• Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, "Dreaming in Lions"• Meridian Brothers and Conjunto Media Luna, "La Secta"• Dos Santos, "A Shot in the Dark"• ÌFÉ, "Fake Blood"• Cimafunk (Feat. George Clinton), "Funk Aspirin"• Helado Negro, "Outside the Outside"• Alejandro… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 11 Albums Out On Sept. 10

It's a packed release day, with new albums from the prince of reggaeton J Balvin, Kendrick Lamar collaborator and rising rapper Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew W.K. and more.Featured Albums: 1. Common — A Beautiful Revolution Pt 2Featured Song: "A Beautiful Chicago Kid"2. Kacey Musgraves — Star-CrossedFeatured Songs: "Cherry Blossom" and "Gracias A La Vida"3. J Balvin — JOSEFeatured Song: "La… → Read More

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Cimafunk (Feat. George Clinton), 'Funk Aspirin'

The new single from Cuban funkmeister Cimafunk, featuring Parliament's George Clinton, is the perfect soundtrack for an end-of-summer front porch party (properly masked, of course). → Read More

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Gina Chavez Picks Her 5 Favorite Tiny Desk Contest Entries

With Tio Felix on vacation, our guest host illustrates the width and breadth of Latinx musical expression through Tiny Desk Contest submissions. → Read More

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Encore: The Meteoric Rise Of Latin Urban Explained

The story of Latin America has always been reflected through music. This week, we rerun one of our most popular episodes and talk to experts to help us understand Latin Urban's pop music dominance. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 30

The sophomore full-length from Billie Eilish tops our shortlist of the best new albums out this week, along with a posthumous Prince record, Jack Antonoff's Bleachers, the singer Yola and more.Featured Albums: 1. Billie Eilish — Happier Than Ever Featured Song: "NDA"2. Isaiah Rashad — The House Is BurningFeatured Songs: "True Story" and "HB2U"3. Bleachers — Take the Sadness Out Of Saturday… → Read More

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Dominican Merengue Star Johnny Ventura Dies At 81

The musician rose to fame in the 1960s and '70s, bringing global attention to his hip-shaking style of music. → Read More

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We Excavate Cuba's Rallying Cry, 'Patria Y Vida'

The Cuban experience is synonymous with Cuban music. This week, we take a look at the uprising in Cuba and the island's history with protest music. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 23

Kanye West's long-awaited (and much-hyped), DONDA tops our list of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Leon Bridges, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Ledisi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kanye — DONDA2. Leon Bridges — Gold Diggers SoundFeatured Song: "Motorbike"3. Chiiild — Hope For SaleFeatured Song: "Wasting Time"4. Samia — ScoutFeatured Song: "As You Are"5. Christone "Kingfish"… → Read More

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Indie Film And Latinx Reality

To celebrate The Latino Experience film series from PBS, we chat with Latinx indie filmmakers to discuss the state of the industry, and why independent films are powerful for accurate representation. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 16

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Willow's Lately I Feel Everything, new ones from Clairo and John Mayer, a posthumous release from Alice Coltrane and more.Featured Albums:1. Willow — Lately I Feel EverythingFeatured Songs: "Breakout" and "Xtra"2. Clairo — SlingFeatured Song: "Zinnias"3. Rodrigo Amarante — DramaFeatured Song: "Tao"4. John Mayer — Sob RockFeatured Song:… → Read More