Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Miseducation of Ana Tijoux

French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux talks to Latino USA producer Nadia Reiman about how politics and books have influenced her music, and about what she wants to contribute to the South American hip hop music scene.


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Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005. Before joining the Latino USA team, Nadia produced for StoryCorps for almost five years, and her work there on 9/11 stories earned her a Peabody. She has also mixed audio for animations, assisted on podcasts for magazines, and program managed translations for Canon Latin America. Nadia has also produced for on None on Record editing and mixing stories of queer Africans, and worked on a Spanish language radio show called Epicentro based out of Washington DC. She graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in International Studies and Spanish Literature.

The East Harlem Loiza Festival

A festival for Santiago Apostol de Loiza, the Puerto Rican saint who fought to expel the moors from Spain, has been celebrated in East Harlem, New York, for 30 years. We bring you the sounds of the festival in a new segment called Tu Barrio.


Click here to download this week’s show. Image courtesy of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

Latin Alternative: An Alt. Latino LAMC Review

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of the NPR podcast alt.latino, tell us all about the new music and concert surprises they heard at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York July 11-14.


Click here to download this week’s show. Photo from Ana Tijoux concert at Celebrate Brooklyn.



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.

The Historic Sounds of Panama

The U.S. exported Jim Crow to Panama when it ran the Canal, and has sent troops to occupy the Central American nation. But it also brought jazz and influenced its vibrant musical culture. Reese Erlich shows us these musical traces.


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Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, Marketplace Radio and National Public Radio.

Hot Chocolate

We join the party for the 84th birthday of Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, who has defined the sound of Cuban music at almost every major musical turn on the island and in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chocolate_Armenteros_photo_2.jpg


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Marlon is a radio producer, writer, and reporter. Most of his work is focused on music, Latin America, New York City and the arts, appearing in several public radio outlets like NPR Music, WNYC News, Afropop Worldwide, and Studio 360. He has been working as a culture and the arts reporter at WNYC (New York Public Radio) since 2010.

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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Photo courtesy of http://www.lacountyarts.org/pubfiles/HC2011_Cal%20Listing_DetailedFinal7.pdf

 

 

 

 


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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