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Milestones, Immigration And Justice Music

This week we visit with NPR's Radio Ambulante, talk about immigration issues and meet a singer with a message. → Read More

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Alt.Latino Film Festival: Fandangos And Mockingbirds

Two new music documentaries — featuring Linda Ronstadt and Arturo O'Farrill — tell us stories about history, identity and culture through Mexican folk music. → Read More

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Latin Grammys 2020: Natalia Lafourcade, Residente Among Big Winners

In a ceremony that, like many this year, lacked some momentum, the Latin Grammys were able to find their way towards recognizing the promise of the present. → Read More

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Cándido Camero, A Father Of Latin Jazz, Dies At 99

The Cuban percussionist brought the rhythms of Havana to New York's jazz clubs in the 1940s and never stopped performing. → Read More

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Encore: A Conversation About The 'American Dirt' Controversy

When does a depiction of culture, history and identity become inauthentic? And according to whom? We dig into the conversation around the novel American Dirt. This episode originally aired Jan. 31, 2020. → Read More

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Latinidad In The News

We shine a light on recent stories by NPR hosts, reporters and producers who go beyond the obvious in their coverage of Latinx communities in the U.S. → Read More

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Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Alt.Latino journeys from the tip of South America to the bodegas of New York City — all the while dancing to the beat of cumbia, the lingua franca of Latin music. → Read More

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Bebel Gilberto: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Two members of Brazilian musical royalty unite for a special Tiny Desk quarantine performance (and a heck of a view). → Read More

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Carlos Vives: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Colombian actor and singer Carlos Vives has been performing Latin American hits for almost 30 years. His Tiny Desk (home) concert is part of our Hispanic Heritage Month extravaganza. → Read More

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Lido Pimienta: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Polaris Music Prize winner kicks off our week-long Tiny Desk celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. → Read More

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Latinx Songs That Helped Shape The Decade

Latinx music has experienced a huge boom in the last 10 years. We've seen the rise of global superstars like Bad Bunny and J Balvin. We've seen Shakira and Jennifer Lopez take over this year's Super Bowl halftime show. And, of course, we've seen the chart domination of "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The decade has also produced countless musical discoveries across the Latin world.… → Read More

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of September

We pick our favorite music released in September 2020, featuring Cuban hip-hop artist La Dame Blanche, Masego's summer wanderlust, Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker and a reimagined mass. • Adrianne Lenker: "anything" from songs• Waylon Payne: "Old Blue Eyes" from Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher and Me• Masego, "Passport"• La Dame Blanche: "La Maltratada" from Ella• Theo Alexander: "re;… → Read More

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50 Years Later, Santana's 'Abraxas' Still Changes The Game

Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid give us the view behind the drum kit and illustrate the scope of the record's influence. → Read More

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Latinx Monuments We'd Like To See

Ivy Queen, Jean-Michel Basquiet and Maria from Sesame Street are just a few of the Latinx figures we think should be cast in bronze or carved on the side of a mountain. → Read More

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Graciela Iturbide, The Artistic Soul Of Mexico

Take a journey into the artistic sensibilities of a genuine photographic icon. This interview was conducted entirely in Spanish. → Read More

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Roots Grow Outward

Devendra Banhart and John Santos both have cultural roots in Latin America, but their music could not be more different. Hear two separate interviews with these enigmatic musicians → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out Sept. 11

NPR Music picks the best new albums out this week, including new releases by The Flaming Lips, Rita Indiana, Waylon Payne and more. → Read More

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The Texicana Mamas Celebrate Tejana Culture With Wondrous Harmony

The trio of powerful Latina vocalists is at home in mariachi, country, Americana and folk music. → Read More

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Gloria Estefan: 'It's All About The Drums,' This Time From Brazil

The Cuban-American pop star indulges her love of Brazilian music and rhythms on her new album. → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 21

NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.Featured Albums:1. The Killers — Imploding the MirageFeatured Song: "Dying Breed"2. The Mavericks — En EspañolFeatured Song: "Recuerdos"3. Nubya Garcia — SourceFeatured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"4.… → Read More