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October 3, 2019
Alt.Latino favorite Gaby Moreno tams up with Van Dyke Parks
September 27, 2019
The saxophonist, flautist and bandleader has been traveling to Cuba and performing its music for over 30 years.
September 20, 2019
Can you hear the cha-cha-cha in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"? Or the mambo in "What I'd Say"? Dive into early rock and roll's Cuban DNA.
September 18, 2019
Three portraits of musicians and a filmmaker who illuminate distinct forms of Mexican music expression.
September 13, 2019
As seasons change, we play Cuban music from Canada, Salvadoran/Mexican music from Los Angeles and a Nuyorican protest song.
September 10, 2019
This week we visit with artist performing at the third annual Los Dells festival in the U.S Midwest.
August 30, 2019
Just a week after performing at Woodstock, Santana released its self-titled debut. Hear original members of the band recount its creation.
August 18, 2019
The musician and magazine publisher talks to Alt.Latino about guitar players and issues of representation on this week's show.
August 16, 2019
Music and identity dominates a wide-ranging conversation with writers Elizabeth Acevedo, Amanda Alcantara and Danyeli Rodriguez del Orbe.
August 8, 2019
This week a special show of music to help mourn and remember the victims of the recent tragic events around the country.
July 30, 2019
Latin Alternative pioneers Aterciopelados are featured along side the vocalist from Spain's Macaco and Mexican reggae/ska vets Panteon Rococo this week.
July 25, 2019
Three of Puerto Rico's biggest musicians release a protest song through social media that challenged the island's governor.
July 23, 2019
Alt.Latino hits the road to visit RuidoFest in Chicago, NuevoFest in Philadelphia and the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in NYC.
July 12, 2019
Paying tribute to the father of the bossa nova through his music and the words of his fellow musicians.
July 11, 2019
The former Calle 13 vocalist and the roqueros from Kansas City discuss their new albums and how they channel their passions about the world into music.
July 4, 2019
These songs have the power to say what we feel, even when we can't say them ourselves. We listen back to some of our favorite stories from NPR's American Anthem series.
July 4, 2019
Six months into 2019, we highlight dream pop, electronic fantasies, West African Cuban music and Latin rock from a salsa icon.
June 13, 2019
Carlos Santana is having a big year: the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the 20th anniversary of Supernatural, and now a new album featuring Spanish vocalist Buika, Africa Speaks.
June 6, 2019
With Cuba in the new this week, Alt.Latino re-examines the longstanding musical relationship between the US and Cuba.
May 30, 2019
The three women who play the lead characters in the Starz series Vida join Alt. Latino to talk music, drama and La Llorona.
May 28, 2019
The Mexican guitar duo talk share songs by Nina Simone, Caifanes and Rage Against the Machine and discuss the role of the guitar in rock.
May 9, 2019
The iconic Mexican vocalist and composer Lila Downs uses music to celebrate chiles.
May 3, 2019
Taina Asili and Olmeca talk about mixing activism with music in this week's show.
April 18, 2019
The West African vocalist talks about bringing out the Afrobeat in Celia Cruz's rich Cuban catalog with the tribute album Celia.
April 11, 2019
The Honduran-American vocalist shares her musical inspirations with Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and guest host Jessica Diaz-Hurtado.
April 5, 2019
Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras empties the mail bag that was overflowing with new music. Mexico and Spain are represented as are Joni Mitchell and Amy Winehouse.
March 23, 2019
Over breakfast tacos and barbecue, Team Alt.Latino sat down with musicians at SXSW for interviews about their music.
March 23, 2019
The five nights of discoveries at SXSW 2019 served as a reminder that music can heal, challenge and change the world we live in.
March 8, 2019
The prolific electronic musician stops in to talk about his influences and his new album, This Is How You Smile.
February 21, 2019
Roma director Alfonso Cuarón handpicked artists to make music inspired by the characters from his Oscar-nominated film. The results are stunning.
February 15, 2019
Through four wide-ranging conversations — with a punk singer, a reporter, a group of Latin American expats and singer Rita Moreno — Alt.Latino took a wide-lens survey of the cultural landscape.
February 8, 2019
Musicians have a long tradition of staring down military dictatorships and oppressive governments in Brazil.
January 31, 2019
We're sure you've heard of Santana but do you know Y La Bamba? This week's show features new music from icons and new artists you should know.
January 18, 2019
Good Morning, Aztlan collects several well-known Perez compositions as well as his thoughts on a variety of topics.
January 15, 2019
An excerpt of a year-long series featured on NPR that speak to unity and inspiration.
December 24, 2018
In an interview from Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny talks about his influences and the music on his new record.
December 21, 2018
Jasmine Garsd returns to review listeners' favs. We heard music we knew and also some discoveries.
December 10, 2018
It's been another watershed for Latin music. Altlatino's Felix Contreras, Stefanie Fernandez, Marisa Arbona Ruiz and Catalina Maria Johnson round up the year's best.
November 23, 2018
A batch of new music to enjoy just before the Solstice and much colder weather.
November 16, 2018
The latest album from O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is a collaboration with Mexican son jarocho musicians.
November 1, 2018
Musical ofrendas highlight our annual celebration of family and friendship.
October 25, 2018
An appreciation for Latin jazz musician Jerry Gonzalez.
October 18, 2018
The iconic actor and musicians teams with Jazz At Lincoln Center to sing both bog band swing tunes and songs from his catalog.
October 11, 2018
The iconic musician talks about his career and plays songs that influenced his music.
October 4, 2018
'The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions' box set proves these friendly gatherings were incubation chambers for Afro-Cuban music and jazz.
September 27, 2018
Latin music is well represented in the popular Tiny Desk Concert series.
September 20, 2018
A collection of stories from NPR News about the devastating storm and its aftermath.
September 17, 2018
This special Spanish language Podcast Extra highlights a Cuban hip-hop artist in her own words.
September 13, 2018
The Crossing tells a story of identity and rock and roll dreams on his newest album.
August 30, 2018
Air That You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles captures samba's golden age.
August 9, 2018
Summer's almost over so we present new sounds and two video premiers from upcoming albums.
August 3, 2018
Great new music to get you through the rest of the summer!
July 20, 2018
Latinx bands who feel shut out of mainstream Fests find gigs at Latin music festivals
July 6, 2018
Musicians use music to challenge the President's immigration policies.
June 28, 2018
We laugh, we cry, we celebrate the best of the year so far with everything from bugalú to boleros to Latinx punk.
June 21, 2018
The pianist's new album is a lesson on contemporary Cuban piano, performed with a trio with strong familial ties.
June 12, 2018
This week, Alt.Latino talks to Vida show runner Tanya Saracho about portraying Latinx stories of queerness, family and gentefication with an eye toward nuance onscreen and representation offscreen.
May 25, 2018
After cracking the American pop charts last year, the Colombian reggaeton star is following the success of "Mi Gente" with his fifth album, Vibras. And he knows you're still listening.
May 17, 2018
This week on Alt.Latino, we discuss how and whether to remix legendary recordings — and, along the way, feature a new album of remixed salsa classics.
May 17, 2018
The San Antonio-based band can trace its musical roots back to conjunto's beginnings in the early 1930s. The group plays guest DJ with tracks from its Spanglish-titled new album.
May 3, 2018
A panel of women take on the topic of what it takes to make in in the Latin music business while staying true to your gender identity.
May 3, 2018
The NPR Music staff watched almost 5,000 videos during the Tiny Desk Contest. We highlight five Latinx artists that impressed us.
April 12, 2018
The Colombian-American singer recalls her favorite childhood memories tied to music and plays some of the songs that inspired her debut album Isolation.
April 4, 2018
At 19, the producer and singer born Omar Banos has built a millions-strong following for his infectious dream pop — and begun testing it as a tool to help immigrant families like his own.
March 18, 2018
Some artists we can't wait to see at the annual music conference in Austin, Texas, representing a wide spectrum of styles and genres.
March 17, 2018
Alt.Latino hosts our first SXSW Showcase with two bands that show off distinct styles and approaches to Latin music.
March 2, 2018
Latino film makers create compelling histories of two Chicano civil rights figures in their new films to air on PBS.
February 22, 2018
Jorge Drexler shares music from his native Uruguay that influenced his own music.
February 16, 2018
This week, we have a thoughtful discussion of the genre's sometimes controversial depiction of women.
February 8, 2018
All the music in the show this month has a musical or cultural tie to Africa, in celebration of Black History Month.
February 1, 2018
The iconic actress Rita Moreno talks about her new role on One Day At A Time on Netflix and offers lessons about life.
January 30, 2018
The pioneering DJ and member of Masters At Work talks about his recent Grammy nomination, growing up in the Bronx, and a new collaboration with some of the Cuba's finest musicians.
January 18, 2018
We've already featured some great on the blog — now we add even more great music on the podcast.
January 16, 2018
Four artists with roots in El Salvador discuss their art and the threat to the country's immigrant community.
January 5, 2018
Alt.Latino kicks off the new year with a new feature: the Alt.Latino Album Chat, a conversation about a new album by the artist who made it. This week, Making Movies.
December 21, 2017
We call on some of the top Latinx music writers to help us look back at some of their top cuts of 2017.
December 15, 2017
In a genre going in as many directions as modern Latin music, how do you narrow a list of albums to just a few favorites? Alt.Latino's host and guests share their attempt for 2017.
December 8, 2017
Her voice dripping with Southern R&B grit, Moreno and her band never lose sight of the emotion in the holiday classics they perform at KUT in Austin, Texas from a show recorded in 2015.
November 30, 2017
Alt.Latino's digital and analog mail bags were still bulging with new music, even as the year is drawing to a close. Rock, hip-hop, soul and rancheras — we have it all.
November 25, 2017
This week we talk about the new film Coco with an NPR entertainment reporter and some of the principals of the film.
November 25, 2017
Alt.Latino makes the trek to Las Vegas to cover the Latin Grammy's! Join us for a visit to the Red Carpet!
November 9, 2017
Puerto Rican artist iLe plays Guest DJ, joining us to spin the classics from another era, the raw material that helped her create the album iLevitable.
October 23, 2017
The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests — his new album Bad Hombre addresses current events instrumentally.
October 13, 2017
This week, conversations with two greats of the theatre stage — one you probably know and the other you should.
October 12, 2017
This week, conversations with two greats of the theatre stage — one you probably know and the other you should.
October 12, 2017
Pianists Chucho Valdes and Arturo O'Farrill honor their fathers, Latin jazz greats Bebo Valdes and Chico O'Farrill, on a new album. Here, the younger O'Farrill discusses Familia on Alt.Latino.
September 28, 2017
Alt.Latino favorites rub elbows with Latin music superstars in this year's Latin Grammy nominations. This week we look back at how we covered them this past year.
September 22, 2017
A massive cultural exhibit illustrates the connection between Southern California and Latin America in ways that are not so obvious.
September 13, 2017
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta visits Alt.Latino to talk about the new documentary about her life. We also talk history, politics and music.
September 7, 2017
Carlos Santana teamed up with iconic soul and funk band The Isley Brothers for a new album dedicated to peace through music. On this episode, we invite them all to talk about its creation and message.
September 7, 2017
New music to drive out that endless loop of "Despacito" playing in your head! Featuring two AltLatino contributors, Catalina Maria John and Marisa Arbona- Ruiz.
September 7, 2017
It was the No. 1 song in America for 16 straight weeks. As the summer of "Despacito" draws to a close, AltLatino explores the musical, sociological and business ripples created by the song's success.
August 7, 2017
This week, we share our favorite discoveries from the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York.
July 29, 2017
AltLatino's annual cruise of summer music festivals dedicated to Latin Alternative music, arts and culture. Three cities, four festivals!
July 29, 2017
Beat the heat with this sampler of new tunes, including everything from rock to Latin jazz to electronic to cumbia and flamenco.
July 12, 2017
The musical exchange between the United States and Cuba goes back to the 19th century. Thankfully, the two countries' political standoff never filtered down to musicians.
July 7, 2017
Prompted by the song that activist Jeanette Vizguerra says motivates her — John Lennon's "Imagine" — Alt.Latino presents a mix of inspirational classic-rock songs with Latin and jazz twists.
June 29, 2017
The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist blends jazz, Latin music and soul seamlessly on his new album, Bad Ass And Blind. His musical touchpoints range from Paco de Lucía to Mercedes Sosa.
June 22, 2017
The globetrotting SoCal band shares tracks from its new album Non-Stop: Mexico>Jamaica, bringing music and laughs to the studio.
June 22, 2017
Hear how the members of this SoCal band developed the funky, one-of-a-kind sound that's helped propel it to national success.
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