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A Kind Of Magic: New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust

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Puerto Rican singer Raquel Sofia.

Puerto Rican singer Raquel Sofia.

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I wish we'd put a camera in the Alt.Latino studio to capture Jasmine Garsd's face as she listened to my picks for the first time. It would have captured the way she stared into space as the sounds came through her headphones and made their way into her musical consciousness; there was a twinkle in her eyes as a slight smile parked itself on her face. I knew I'd unearthed some musical treasures when she absentmindedly mouthed, "Wow..."

At Alt.Latino, we're driven by the idea that listeners might experience that same reaction now and then; the principal joy for us in doing this show lies in that sense of discovery. This week, a sprinkle of Discovery Dust came courtesy of a remarkable collection of women vocalists from such far-flung locales as Argentina, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico.

We found a bona fide future star in Raquel Sofia, a vocalist who doesn't even have an album out yet; we fell in love with the three tracks of hers that we found online. We're told that as soon as she's done crisscrossing the globe as a backup singer for Juanes, she'll record her first EP. Elsewhere, the new solo work of Thievery Corporation vocalist Natalia Clavier stopped me in my tracks this week. The finds are all over the map this week, literally and figuratively, and if you react to them half as strongly as Jasmine did, I'll be thrilled.

New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust

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DJ Guaguis

  • Album: 5 De Mayo Mix
  • Song: 5 De Mayo Mix
 
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Graveola E O Lixo Polifônico

  • Album: Eu Preciso De Um Liquidificador (I Need a Food Processor)
  • Song: Kg De Pão

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Natalia Clavier

  • Album: Lumen
  • Song: Tren
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  • "Tren"
  • Album: Lumen
  • Artist: Natalia Clavier
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • Released: 2013
 
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Raquel Sofia

  • Album: No Me Importas
  • Song: No Me Importas
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  • "No Me Importas"
  • Album: https://soundcloud.com/raquelsofiamusic
  • Artist: https://soundcloud.com/raquelsofiamusic
  • Released: 2013
 
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Paula Y Los Besos

  • Album: Paula Y Los Besos
  • Song: Paja Dorada
 
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Elements Of Life

  • Album: Eclipse
  • Song: Canto Para Ochosi
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  • "Canto Para Ochosi"
  • Album: Eclipse
  • Artist: Elements of Life
  • Label: Fania
  • Released: 2013
 
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Empress Of

  • Album: Systems
  • Song: Tristeza
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Hawaiian Gremlins

  • Album: Mogwai Love
  • Song: Mogwai Love
 
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Jorge Ben

  • Album: 10 Anos Depois
  • Song: Pais Tropical/Fio Maravilha/Taj Mahal [Medley]
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  • "Pais Tropical/Fio Maravilha/Taj Mahal [Medley]"
  • Album: 10 Anos Depois
  • Artist: Jorge Ben
  • Label: Universal Latino
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  • Album: Eclipse
  • Artist: Elements of Life
  • Label: Fania
  • Released: 2013
 

Lumen

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  • Album: Lumen
  • Artist: Natalia Clavier
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • Released: 2013
 

Eu Preciso De Um Liquidificador (I Need a Food Processor)

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  • Album: Eu Preciso De Um Liquidificador (I Need a Food Processor)
  • Artist: Graveola E O Lixo Polifônico
  • Label: Mais Um Discos
  • Released: 2013
 

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