Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

This Week’s Music: Taboo

-One Eyed Fool by Girl In A Coma

-Chicha Sunrise by Makina

-Valentin by David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana

-Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill

-Oye by Noraida

-Bye Bye by Cero39

-King of Rock by Run D.M.C

-Jam Master Jay (instrumental version) by Run D.M.C

-Twilight by The Luis Bonilla Quintet

-Rosa Morena by Yeahwon Shin

-Don Aleja by The Echocentrics

-The Traitor by Menahan Street Band

-Ciervos by ASTRO

-El Magazo by Gustavo Pimentel

This Week’s Music: Home

-Alta Farra (instrumental) by Bondi Blaster

-Prince of Peace by Ocote Soul Sounds

-Home (feat. Alexa Narvaez) by Jorge Narvaez

-Cuando Esperas La Calma by Union Cinema

-Evil Ways by Santana

-No Muere Mi Son by Soneros Del Valle

-BlimBlim by Curumin

-Ti-Pi-Tin by Mariachi

-The Three Caballeros by Mariachi

-Corazon de Melon by Hermanas Benitez

-The Revolt of the Cockroach People by Ocote Soul Sounds

-The Girl Is Gone by Caramelo

This Week’s Music: Give and Take

-Una Bala En Medio De La Nada by Medio Hermano

-Tokuta by Jungle Fire

-Instinto by Kirino Con Su Tres

-Camina by Orishas

-Borrón by Orishas

-El Paso De Encarnacion by ¡Cubanismo!

-Mi Generacion by Lone Star

-La Candela (Prendela) – A Tribute to Juan Formel Y Los Van Van by Yerba Buena ft. Orishas

-A lo Cubano by Orishas

-Mano Eu Vou Ali Comprar Um Chá – Parte 2 by Sombra

-Orishas llegó by Orishas

-Tengo La Voz by Nortec Collective

-Por Eso Mato by Mala Rodríguez

This Week’s Music: Targeted

-La Chorra by Caloncho

-Lengua Lengua (Radio Edit) by PALO!

-Enough by SLV

-Afuera by Caifanes

-Caribe Atómico by Aterciopelados

-Bombay by El Guincho

-Brooklyn Cumbia by Uproot Andy

-Nefertiti by Protistas

-Despegarte de Mi by Farmacos

-Aliento Jarocho by Milmarías

-Lanza Perfume (feat. Francisca Valenzuela) by Orquesta Discotheque

-Que Se Mueran by Romeo Santos

-Chinito tuerto (instrumental) by Alberto Azul

-Nocturno by Bajofondo

This Week’s Music: Birth and Re-birth

-Sinfonia Agridulce by Mexican Institute of Sound

-Trigger by Maluca

-Invaders by Tentacles

-Tu Loco Loco y Yo Tranquilo (Roberto Roena Cover) by Buscabulla

-Ese Hombre Es El Che Guevara by Alberto Iglesias 

-Landscape by Alberto Iglesias 

-Crosses by Jose González

-The Body Breaks by Devendra Banhart

-Won’t You Come Over by Devendra Banhart

-Para Arriba by Jacinto de Yeah

-El Pescador by Banda Magda

-Mentalidad Televisiva by Los Prisioneros

-Me Vieron Cruzar by Calle 13

-Cuna De Vida by Making Movies

-Moviembre (El Bigote) Instr. by G-Flux

This Week’s Music: Islands

-Guantanamera by Celia Cruz 

-I Got Life by Calma Carmona

-IMAMOU LELE by Boukman Eksperyans

-Donde Estara by Antony Santos

-Sin Ti No Puede Estar Tan Mal by Ximena Sarinaña 

-Hawaii by Astro

-Panini Pua Kea by Cyril Pahinui

-Playita by Bill Yonson 

-Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón by Silvana Kane

-Penélope (feat. Mana) by Draco Rosa

-Carribean Poewr by Bomba Estereo

-Interlude by Irene Diaz

-Siempre Quiero Más (Featuring Heidy) by Rafi El

-Salchichón Primavera (Sonidero Choridub) by Bondi Blaster

Bondi Blaster – “Salchichón Primavera” (Sonidero Choridub) from Bondi Blaster on Vimeo.

This Week’s Music: The Fear Of…

-El tiempo muerto by Músculo!

-Canto A La Vida (Empresarios Remix) by Ephniko

-Milagro by La Mecánica Popular

-Iglesia de San Miguel Canoa by Los Macuanos

-Muerte by Making Movies

-Somnium by Rodrigo y Gabriela

-Death by Ritualz

-St. James Infirmary by Preservation Hall Jazz Band 

-Cruz De Olvido by Lila Downs

-Sólo estoy sobreviviendo by El Cuarteto De Nos

-River Deep by Paola Rogue 

-Misa Oaxaquena by Lila Downs

-I Love You Too Much by Diego Luna and Gustavo Santaolalla

-I Will Wait by Diego Luna, Joe Matthews, and Gustavo Santaolalla

-Tengo La Voz by Nortec Collective 

-No encuentro las palabras by Panorama

-21 de Agosto by Felicia Morales

This Week’s Music: Service

-Melt by Wannabe Jalva

-Vigilia de las aves (con Javier Barria) by Julian Mayorga

-Rocky Road by Augustus Pablo

-Skylarking 2 by Augustus Pablo

-Apague Mi Mente by Carla Morrison

-Baby (Warpaint Cover) by Celesta en la cesta

-De amor y de guerra by AVEPEZ 

-The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie

-¿Quien? (Suite) by Juana Molina

-La Batalla (feat. Federico Pacheco) by Cilantro Boombox

-Miracle by Wannabe Jalva

-My Blues Riding All The Waves by Señor Faraon

-Lo decidí yo by Juana Molina

-What Up? by Héctor Guerra


Ana Tijoux: Music And Motherhood

Last year, Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux gave birth to her second child, a baby girl she named Emilia after her mother. At the same time, she was working on her third studio album, Vengo, and the experience of motherhood deeply affected the songwriting on the album.

Ana speaks with Latino USA about how becoming a parent changes your life forever, even when you are a music star.

Check out “Vengo,” the first single and title track from Ana’s new album.



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#1416 – Music Lessons With Bill Cosby

It’s a special episode of Latino USA. The legendary Bill Cosby joins host Maria Hinojosa to talk about his love of salsa music and the musicians who made it. We learn about Tito Puente and other musicians who helped shape Latin jazz, and find out why calling the music “Salsa” might be all wrong in the first place. We reflect on how Mr. Cosby’s work welcomed Latinos and other immigrants to the American family. And we hear life lessons from a nearly 100-year-old Rumba player.



Irving Fields: Lessons In Longevity

Pianist and composer Irving Fields was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn in 1915. When he traveled to Cuba as a young man he fell in love with Latin music, and became one of the foremost interpreters of American-style rumba in the early 20th century. Today he’s still kicking – and performing 6 nights a week in New York City. Fields shares with us his lessons of longevity.


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Kumbia Queers: Cumbia Is More Punk Than Punk

Six girl punk rockers got together one day and decided to start a side project, just for fun.

But Ali Gua Gua, the lead vocalist, refused to start another rock band. She believed rock had gotten too fancy, too conservative, and too macho.

So they decided to go form a cumbia cover band and call themselves las Kumbia Queers. Latino USA interviewed vocalists Ali Gua Gua and Juana Chang.


Kumbia Queers vocalists Ali Gua Gua (left) and Juana Chang (right). Ali and Juana also play the charango and the guiro, typical cumbia instruments. Photo by Flikr user Montecruz.

They released their first album, Kumbia Nena! in 2007, queering up classics like The Smith’s ‘Lovesong’ (‘Kumbia Dark’), Black Sabbath’s Iron Man (‘Chica de Metal’ or ‘Iron Girl’) and even Madonna’s ‘La Isla Bonita’ (“La Isla con Chicas”, or ‘The Island With Chicks’).

The side project became a hit in Latin America, and their interest in cumbia just kept growing. For their second album, La gran estafa del tropi-punk (‘The Great Swindle of Tropi-Punk’), the Kumbia Queers teamed up with Pablo Lescano, the “godfather” of Argentine cumbia villera, an urban style of cumbia born in the shantytowns of Buenos Aires. Lescano produced the album and mentored the Kumbia Queers in the ways of urban cumbia.

For their latest album, Pecados Tropicales (‘Tropical Sins’), they decided to go back to their DIY roots.

Like other queers before them, the Kumbia Queers have been out to disrupt the disruptors. They’ve gotten backlash from the very male-dominated Latin American rock community.


Kumbia Queers in concert. Photo by Flikr user Montecruz.

Kumbia Queers in concert. Photo by Flikr user Montecruz.



“All the rockers started getting angry because we touched their precious The Cure or their precious Black Sabbath,” says Ali Gua Gua.  “In that way it’s good to find that playing cumbia is more punk than playing punk.”

They’ve also been booed off the stage with lesbophobic insults when opening for traditional cumbieros. But the Kumbia Queers thrive in the backlash. They’re used to being picked on for being different, queer, and the criticism fuels their punky spirit.

The Kumbia Queers took up the word queer as a rebellion against labels. But it’s not queer theory or queer issues that interest them. Politically, las chicas are very committed to changing the situation of women in Latin America. “I hope we encourage queer Latino women to do whatever they want to do,” says Ali Gua Gua.

In the US, different forms of cumbia play at parties and concert venues organized by queer Latinos. The Kumbia Queers’ message resonates with the queer Latino communities in California, Texas, Chicago and New York, where they visited on their 2014 US tour.

“We know it’s really hard for Latino people, they have to resist a lot,” says Juana Chang, vocalist and charango player. “People were really grateful for us being here because they had a little space of Latin Americanity.

Las Kumbia Queers are Ali Gua Gua and Juana Chang on vocals, Pat Combat-Rocker on the bass, Flor Linyera on the keyboard, Ines Pektor on the drums and Pilar Zombie on the guitar. Ali and Juana also play the charango and the guiro.

Photo courtesy of Kumbia Queers website




Snow In Africa: A Puerto Rican’s Musical Dream

By the time he was twenty-one, J.T. Lopez had the kind of success many musicians can only dream of. He was a highly sought after session player in his native Puerto Rico, playing gigs and touring with some of the island’s top musicians. But he gave it all up to follow his own beat.

Photo by Maria Loewenstein

Get a peek of J.T.’s new band, Snow In Africa.


photo_dbockDiane Bock produces stories for public radio. She’s inspired by this quote from Pete Seeger: “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”



Chicano Rock Bigfoot: Little Julian Hererra

Little Julian Hererra was a heartthrob singer in East L.A.’s rock and R&B music scene. But one day, he disappeared, taking with him the secrets behind his identity and his fate.



Alex Schmidt is an independent radio reporter and producer as well as a digital strategist. She is an alum of WHYY in Philadelphia, 20th Television, The New Yorker and other fine outlets. Alex currently lives in, and is a native of Los Angeles, though she has familial roots in both Mexico and Eastern Europe — much like Little Julian Herrera.

Eugene Hutz’ Pura Vida Conspiracy

Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz talks with Maria Hinojosa about how Latin music has influenced him, living life across borders, and his band’s new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. (LGT Amazon discount site thru 12/31).

Eugene Hutz shared 3 acoustic versions of his songs exclusively with Latino USA.

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