L.A. Soul, Chilean Hip-Hop, Colombian Cumbia And More

We start off this week's show with Miguel's "Party Life." i i

hide captionWe start off this week's show with Miguel's "Party Life."

courtesy of the artist
We start off this week's show with Miguel's "Party Life."

We start off this week's show with Miguel's "Party Life."

courtesy of the artist

After months of traveling, taping special shows and other diversions, Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd and I were finally able to start exploring the CDs waiting for us at home. The first batch we opened was quite an eclectic mix and we offer them as our first new music show in a while.

Jasmine gets her groove back with two serious dance tracks: "Party Life" by the California-born Miguel and "La Niña" by Meketrefe. It's one thing to appreciate the musicality of a track from just listening; it's something completely different to "hear" it through your body as you move.

I was impressed again by the musical vision of Estrella Sanchez and World Hood from my hometown of Sacramento, Calif. They offer great music and artistic activism via their non profit arts group Sol Collective.

This week there is a spirited discussion about music that sparkles with organic rawness rather than from a studio sheen. The song in question is a track from a collection of remixes by Spain's Ojos de Brujo. I use one of our Musical DNA segments to explain why I like it, offering up source music like a track from the seminal Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis and Gil Evans and a more recent classic by Jerry Gonzalez Y Los Piratas del Flamenco.

The overall theme of discovery is back on the table — and this week we have lots of music that is new to us and, we hope, attractive to you.

Chicano Soul, Chilean Hip Hop, Colombian Cumbia And More

Cover for Ondatrópica

Ondatropica

  • Album: Ondatropica
  • Song: Suena

Coming at you from: Colombia, England, Chile.

close

Purchase Featured Music

  • "Suena"
  • Album: Ondatrópica
  • Artist: Ondatropica
  • Label: Soundway
 
Cover for Mundo Libre

World Hood

  • Album: Mundo Libre
  • Song: Mi Pueblo

Coming at you from: Sacramento, California.

 
Cover for La niña (chatarra edit)

Meketrefe

  • Album: La Niña (Chatarra Edit)
  • Song: La Niña (Chatarra Edit)
YouTube

Coming at you from: Brooklyn and Mexico.

 
Cover for Art Dealer Chic

Miguel

  • Album: Art Dealer Chic
  • Song: Party Life
YouTube

Coming at you from: Los Angeles

 
Cover for Reworked

Ojos De Brujo

  • Album: Al Lindrum Presents Ojos de Brujo Reworked
  • Song: Nueva Vida

Coming at you from: Spain

 
malas amistades

Las Malas Amistades

  • Album: Las Malas Amistades
  • Song: Desecha

Coming at you from: Colombia

 

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.