Alt.Latino 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!
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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!

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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."

Cimafunk: How his Afro-Cuban funk tells a bigger story about the African diaspora

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Reyna Tropical's Fabi Reyna is this week's guest on Alt.Latino. Alex Knowbody/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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.

Reyna Tropical: How Fabi Reyna learned to listen to her revolutionary intuition

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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 look at the Cuban roots of rock and roll.

Encore: The Cuban roots of rock and roll

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Encore: Selena's spark still shines

Since her death in 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' legacy has spread far beyond her Tejano music roots. This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode and explores how Selena became a powerful symbol of Latina identity.

Encore: Selena's spark still shines

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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.

Encore: An Alt.Latino Christmas, with Cantigas in concert

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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.

Alt.Latino presents our favorite music of 2022

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Encore: Cumbia, the musical backbone of Latin America

Whether you're from Ushuaia or East Los Angeles, you've likely heard cumbia blaring from a stereo. This week, Alt.Latino revisits a classic episode from 2015 and takes a closer look at the musical backbone of the Americas.

Encore: Cumbia, the musical backbone of Latin America

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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, who recently released her book Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands, to talk about her Mexican heritage, wanting to sing in Spanish earlier in her career and not feeling like the "quintessential American girl."

Linda Ronstadt: On getting to fully embrace her Mexican heritage in her music

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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.

Hermanos Gutiérrez: How their cinematic guitar music reconnected them as brothers

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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.

Silvana Estrada: On cultivating intimacy and generosity in her live performances

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