Alt.Latino

Alt.Latino

Alt.Latino

CATEGORY: Music
The global Latinx community is evolving and growing fast. Alt.Latino is here to celebrate it and all of its nuances through music. Each episode, NPR Music's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with a different living legend or rising star to discuss Latinx culture, heritage, and the shared borders of our experiences. Let the chisme begin!
  1. February 01, 2023
    33 min
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    Cimafunk: How his Afro-Cuban funk tells a bigger story about the African diaspora
    Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras sit down with Cimafunk to talk about how he's created his singular sound, the complex African lineage of his music and why his band is his "tribe."
  2. January 18, 2023
    26 min
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    Reyna Tropical: How Fabi Reyna learned to listen to her revolutionary intuition
    Anamaria Sayre sits down with Fabi Reyna of Reyna Tropical to talk about the process of trusting yourself, how music saved her life and moving forward after losing her creative collaborator Sumohair.
  3. January 04, 2023
    29 min
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    Encore: The Cuban roots of rock and roll
    Can you hear the cha-cha-cha in The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"? Or the mambo in Ray Charles' "What'd I Say"? This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2019 and takes a closer lo…
  4. December 28, 2022
    29 min
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    Encore: Selena's spark still shines
    This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode and explores how Selena Quintanilla-Pérez became a powerful symbol of Latina identity.
  5. December 21, 2022
    29 min
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    Encore: An Alt.Latino Christmas, with Cantigas in concert
    ¡Felices fiestas y'all! This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2014 to enjoy the music of D.C. Latino choir, Cantigas.
  6. December 14, 2022
    33 min
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    Alt.Latino presents our favorite music of 2022
    Anamaria Sayre sits down with Rolling Stone's Julyssa Lopez and NPR Music contributor Stefanie Fernández to talk about (some of) their favorite albums of the year.
  7. December 07, 2022
    30 min
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    Encore: Cumbia, the musical backbone of Latin America
    This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2015 and takes a closer look at cumbia, the musical backbone of the Americas.
  8. November 30, 2022
    28 min
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    Linda Ronstadt: On getting to fully embrace her Mexican heritage in her music
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Linda Ronstadt to talk about her Mexican heritage and not feeling like the "quintessential American girl."
  9. November 23, 2022
    29 min
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    Hermanos Gutiérrez: How their cinematic guitar music reconnected them as brothers
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez to talk about their musical legacy, sad songs and creating strong familial bonds through music.
  10. November 16, 2022
    32 min
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    Silvana Estrada: On cultivating intimacy and generosity in her live performances
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Silvana Estrada to talk about vulnerability, bringing light into her shows and the lessons her parents have given her.
  11. November 09, 2022
    29 min
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    Natalia Lafourcade: How making original music again helped grow her 'inner garden'
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Natalia Lafourcade to talk about interpreting old songs, taking things slow and releasing her first album of original material in seven years.
  12. November 04, 2022
    15 min
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    Canción Exploder: Ibeyi
    From our friends at Canción Exploder, we're sharing a conversation with Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz from the musical group Ibeyi. This interview is in Spanish.
  13. November 02, 2022
    26 min
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    Angélica Negrón: The genre-subverting composer on embracing all sides of her identity
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Angélica Negrón to talk about the importance of representation, making music with plants and what inspired her to begin composing.
  14. October 26, 2022
    28 min
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    Carlos Santana: Why 1972's divisive, spiritual 'Caravanserai' wasn't 'career suicide'
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Carlos Santana to talk about nurturing his spirit, growing as an artist and 50 years of Caravanserai.
  15. October 21, 2022
    28 min
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    Snooze: Rosario Dawson
    From our friends at the LAist Studios' podcast Snooze, host Megan Tan sits down with Rosario Dawson to discuss relationships and the things in life that people put off.
  16. October 19, 2022
    35 min
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    iLe: How the rhythms and resilience of Puerto Rico shape her music
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with iLe to talk about salsa music, Puerto Rico's role in her art and being la bebé of the family.
  17. October 13, 2022
    19 min
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    Farruko: On his partying persona and religious transformation (English version)
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado to talk about creating the character of Farruko, developing a relationship with God and spreading a message of love.
  18. October 12, 2022
    30 min
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    Farruko: On his partying persona and religious transformation (Spanish Version)
    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Carlos Efrén Reyes Rosado to talk about creating Farruko, developing a relationship with God and spreading a message of love.
  19. October 05, 2022
    26 min
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    Carla Morrison: How a break from music and a move to Paris led to a personal rebirth
    Felix Contreras sits down with Carla Morrison to talk about her new sound, the importance of mental health and the art of the Parisian 'non.'
  20. September 28, 2022
    28 min
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    Alisa Amador: Why the Tiny Desk Contest winner almost gave up on music
    Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras sit down with Alisa Amador to talk about intentionality in community building, almost quitting music and finding nourishment in her art.

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