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Los Amigos Invisibles.
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April 5, 2012 Josh Norek joins David Dye to discuss the history, rise and diversification of Latin funk.
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The Joe Cuba Sextet (bandleader Joe Cuba, center).
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April 18, 2011 The 1960's cross-cultural hybrid united African-Americans and Latinos politically and on the dance floor.
Clockwise from top: Gustavo Cerati, Ruben Albarran of Cafe Tacuba, Andrea Escheverri of Aterciopelados, Julieta Venegas, Manu Chao.
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November 8, 2010 The Latin Alternative is the country's first nationally syndicated public radio program focused on Latin rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop. Host Josh Norek curated a stream of more than 100 songs; it serves as a great introduction to the genre, with Manu Chao, Bomba Estereo, Ana Tijoux and more.
February 21, 2007 Like many at the Fania label, salsa bandleader Ray Barretto recorded quickly and often: Barretto Power is one of four albums he released in 1972. Some, inevitably, are duds, but this one is incandescent, exemplifying the label's genre-crossing creativity.
February 17, 2006 Musician Ray Barretto has died at the age of 76. The musician straddled the worlds of jazz and Latin music in a career that spanned almost six decades. Barretto was known for his fearless experimentation with Latin, jazz and rythm and blues, and for helping popularize Salsa music.
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September 16, 2003 At 74, he's a reigning ambassador of Latin jazz, and percussionist Ray Barretto is still going strong. NPR's Felix Contreras profiles the artist. Hear clips of the song that inspired Barretto to take up jazz and a track from his latest album, Homage to Art Blakey.
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