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Day of the Dead: Luis Guerra

Another view on the Day of the Dead, and on fading traditions, comes from artist Luis Guerra. Take a listen to his commentary.


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Latino Hip Hop

This week, three Latin Hop Hop acts. All very different, but all influenced by the places they came from and the places they’ve traveled and moved to.

First, Kinto Sol. Kinto Sol is a hip hop act comprised of three brothers originally from Mexico, now based in Milwaukee. They combine traditional Mexican music with the sounds of hip hop and Spanish rapping to produce something entirely unique.


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Santero was raised in Central America and spent much of his childhood traveling and performing with his father’s bands. His upbringing makes it easy for Santero to blend a variety of Latin musical styles, and the traveling he’s done throughout America has allowed him to incorporate genres popular in his adopted country. Santero’s an artist, a DJ, and a producer. He lives in Oakland, Calif.


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Finally, Telmary. Telmary, born Telmary Diaz, is a Cuban rapper and self-proclaimed “street poet.” Her music forges new ground, while still remaining deeply imbued with Cuba’s rich musical heritage and variety. Telmary has rebelled against the male-dominated hip hop scene in Cuba, and her uncommon music has earned her respect.


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Issac Delgado & Nat King Cole

Issac Delgado is a Cuban-born salsa musician who bridges the gap between new and old. Fred Wasser talked with the artist, who now lives in Miami, about his admiration for the music of Nat King Cole and how Cole’s music has influenced his musical imagination.


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Visit Issac Delgado on the web.

Remembering Esteban “Steve” Jordan

Conjunto accordion legend Esteban “Steve” Jordan died Friday, after this week’s Latino USA was sent to public radio stations for broadcast. Last year, Alex Avila produced an appreciation of the musician and pioneer.


A Conversation With Singer Maya Azucena


We can’t think of a nicer respite from the hot summer than a dose of cool tunes. Last year, Maria interviewed musician Maya Azucena. Her album is “Junkyard Jewel,” and her style defies description.


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Visit Maya Azucena on the web here.

Los Invisibles: New Orleans 5 Years After Katrina

Katrina changed New Orleans. It changed nearly everything about the city. And it changed nothing.

Five years ago, the massive storm dumped rain and misery on a city that had a long history with hurricanes: but nothing like this one. The combination of rain, and broken levees, and bureaucracy — one heaped on top of the other was almost too much for the city.

The rest of the country watched hundreds of thousands flee the storm. The New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck was notable for its mass exodus of people: to Texas, to Missouri, to Illinois, to Georgia, to New York. But there was another group—let’s call them “Los Invisibles”—who were on their way in, as nearly everybody else was on their way out.

New Orleans writer and performance artist José Torres-Tama has had his eye on the phenomenon. Listen to what he has to say about it.


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José Torres-Tama on the web.
Follow the work of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Ester Hernandez

Maria talks to visual artist Ester Hernandez about the work she’s created in protest of SB 1070: including the striking image of La Virgen de Guadalupe as a wanted terrorist. (Click the image to see the full work.)

Hernandez was born and raised in California, on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas. She was a member of Las Mujeres Muralistas, the influential muralists working in the 1970s San Francisco Mission District. She has been a pioneer in the Chicana/Chicano civil rights art movement ever since.


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Can They Break Out of the Script?

Sometimes you get stuck: stuck in a way of thinking, stuck in a way of reacting to people around you, stuck in the place where you live. This week on Latino USA we meet two people in Arizona — Irene and Gerardo — who seem, well, stuck. They are each waiting for the tough new immigration law about to go into effect, and they see things from two very different perspectives.

Valeria Fernández from the Feet in Two Worlds project talks to them about life in Arizona in the days before SB 1070 becomes the law.


Then, keep listening as Maria discusses how their stories could hypothetically change and shift with satirist and artist Lalo Alcaraz.


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The Art of Lalo Alcaraz

La Cucaracha

Pocho Hour of Power (KPFK)

Dame Pa Matala

Dame Pa Matala is the sound of the streets in Caracas. The band espouses both peace, and a revolution of ideas and sounds. With traditional rhythms and instruments, like the Venezuelan cuatro, Dame Pa Matala, speaks to the youth of today by blending those roots with hip hop and reggae. Reporter Reese Erlich catches up with the band.


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Additional audio track: En favor de la paz

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La Mission

Benjamin and Peter Bratt tackle homophobia and violence in the town where they grew up.


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Skipping Arizona

Did you grow up with the rope-skipping chant, “I won’t go to Macy’s any more?” Poet and commentator Joe Pacheco is a retired New York City School Superintendent, and he certainly remembers it. And he’s updated the poem for the age.


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