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AKA Guy Bisserette, Haitian Charro

When Guillermo de la Luz steps on stage to entertain New Yorkers with classic mariachi songs, he looks like any other charro, with colorful outfits, a big hat and a broad repertoire of rancheras. Except that he’s Haitian.

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An Alt.Latino Cinco

We look beyond Cinco De Drinko with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR’s Alt.Latino podcast, and chat about some of their favorite new tunes by Mexican American artists.

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Felix Contreras is a reporter and producer for NPR’s Arts Desk specializing in coverage of jazz, world music, and Latino arts and culture. He is also the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR’s new web based program about Latin Alternative music A part- time jazz musician, Contreras plays Afro Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands. He is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision.

Jasmine Garsd was born in Argentina and grew up with a steady diet of Argentine rock.
As a journalist she’s worked on the NPR programs Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation and Tell Me More.
She has covered a wide variety of topics including immigration issues for NPR.

Fighting for Nicaragua Through Song: A Portrait of Carlos Mejía Godoy

On this special musical edition of Latino USA, Maria Martin shares the story of one of Nicaragua’s most celebrated musicians — singer-songwriter Carlos Mejía Godoy.
In the sixties and seventies, Carlos, along with his brother, Luis Enrique, composed the soundtrack for Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution. And today, decades later, both are now working to preserve Nicaragua’s unique cultural traditions. Carlos explains how.

This program was produced and hosted by Latino USA’s producer María Martin.


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Los Tigres Del Norte

If you’ve never heard the music of Los Tigres Del Norte, chances are you’ve at least heard their name. The Norteño super group gained popularity among Mexican immigrants by giving them a voice through their songs. But their music has also defied musical boundaries, extending their influence beyond their frontera roots. In 2005, Brenda de Anda profiled Los Tigres Del Norte, and today, we bring you a re-airing of that piece.

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Música de Todos Lados

So what happens when a critically-acclaimed American guitarist and composer who fuses on country, blues and jazz, joins forces with a Brazilian-born singer-songwriter guitarist who merges bossa nova with contemporary music? In their words it’s “music from all over the place.” And now it’s compiled on their CD Lagrimas Mexicanas… or Mexican Tears. Independent radio producer Reese Erlich sat down with the two artists – Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuaria – to talk about their unique sound.


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Opera en la Calle

In recent years Tijuana has become synonymous with grim murders and the violent drug war. But cultural workers there are trying to change that image and showcase Tijuana’s vibrant communities of artists and great restaurants. One shining example is the Festival “Opera en la calle” that recently celebrated its eighth year. It is a celebration, which started as a small event in one of Tijuana’s oldest neighborhoods, Colonia Libertad. It has grown through the years, and this summer it drew over 10,000 opera fans, some of the best singers in this quarter of the continent, and numerous art booths, food stands, and costumed performers. Reporter Jon Beaupré was there and brings us a taste of it.

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Manu Chao in Arizona

It’s rare to find a popular musician these days who embraces a controversial political message, but that’s precisely what Manu Chao has done in his career. Originally from France, but his music transcends borders. Manu Chao’s songs speak of poverty and world politics, often in multiple languages – and his stardom has brought attention to many issues around the world.
Most recently, the singer was in Arizona, standing in solidarity with protesters against the infamous Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Maria Hinojosa speaks with filmmaker Alex Rivera who was in Arizona with Manu Chao, documenting the protest and impromptu concert.

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Choro: The New Popular Music Style from Brazil

The up-tempo music from Brazil called choro [shor’-oh] is finding a growing audience in the U.S. Independent producer Reese Erlich met up some choro players in Berkeley, California, who say it sounds a little like samba crossed with jazz.


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Los Rakas

Raka Dun and Raka Rich are originally from Panama. They came to the US in their teens with their “camisetas bordadas” or fly embroidered tank tops. But now the two cousins are making it big with their own twist on Bay Area indie Hip-Hop by adding Panamanian Folk influenced reggae.

It’s a unique sound that’s making the Oakland-based Los Rakas one of the hottest up-and-coming duos. Los Rakas join Maria Hinojosa to talk about their new album, Chancletas Y Camisetas Bordada.


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Cuban Rhapsody

Cuba is a place where people and cultures from around the world mix and collide. In the 19th and 20th centuries, those diverse influences were reflected in its music, blending classical European music with African rhythms and even early jazz. Musical styles like the danzon, the son, and contradanza were popular in Cuba and around the world during those periods. Now, master musicians Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran have taken those Cuban classics and blended the music in a unique style on their new album, Cuban Rhapsody. Maria Hinojosa sat down with Jane and Hilario to talk about the inspiration behind their latest work.


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