December 26, 2010 Maita's music combines crisp staccato guitar licks, a subtle Brazilian pulse and vocals as soft as a late-afternoon ocean breeze. Yet without the electronic touches of her studio recordings, Maita glides, floats and sprinkles notes onto just the right places in this engaging Tiny Desk Concert.
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Louis Armstrong, Paris, 1960
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December 16, 2010 A new book of photographs by jazz photographer Herman Leonard shows a mix of the iconic and the unseen moments.
La Santa Cecilia.
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December 12, 2010 The music of the Los Angeles band places it squarely in the movement of Latino musicians who search out a wider variety of traditions than their musical ancestors did. The result is a new pan-Latino aesthetic. Stream La Santa Cecilia's new album in its entirety until its release on Dec. 21.
Choc Quib Town are nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Alternative/Rock/Urban Album category.
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December 4, 2010 Producer says Grammy nomination for Colombia's Choc Quib Town is a big deal for the band and their hometown.
La Mojarra Electrica electrified audiences on the streets of downtown Bogota with an unannounced concert.
December 4, 2010 Alt.Latino is spending two weeks in Colombia to document the country's vibrant music scene. They report on the many planned and unplanned musical encounters.
November 15, 2010 Vargas was born in Costa Rica, but has a voice tailor-made for singing Mexican rancheras, boleros and corridos. For many Mexicans, her versions of these songs are definitive. Even at 91, Vargas still possesses a voice that reflects struggle, defiance and ultimately triumph.
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Argentine singer Gustavo Ceratti performs during his presentation at the Vina del Mar International Song Festival
November 11, 2010 The biggest stars in Latin music are descending on Las Vegas for the Latin Grammy Awards. Here's who to watch.
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November 10, 2010 Los Lobos has proven time and again that a universal shared experience will always trump culture and language. This short set from the NPR Music office features something new, something old and something to dance to.
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Carla Morrison at the NPR West offices in Los Angeles.
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November 4, 2010 This week, the Mexican vocalist sits in with Alt.Latino to talk about her latest album and a few of her favorite new artists.
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November 3, 2010 Music journalist Joel Selvin has witnessed just about every significant musical moment in San Francisco in the past 35 years. Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin compiles his best work into a tribute to the Bay Area's eclectic sound.
The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Arturo O'Farrill (center-right, leaning on white box).
October 27, 2010 When Cuban-born jazz arranger Chico O'Farrill died in 2001, his one great lament was not being able to return to the island of his birth. Now, his son, pianist and bandleader Arturo O'Farrill, will lead his father's band back to Havana.
Ruben Albarran of of Cafe Tacuba: he can't seem to stop making interesting music.
October 23, 2010 Meet Hoppo! a new project that explores Andean music, spearheaded by the frontman of a legendary Mexican rock band.
October 8, 2010 This week, we explore the profundities of 1980s post-disco from Spain. But the groove doesn't end there: A Colombian group is taking over New York with a unique style it calls glampeta, while a Chilean MC takes us down memory lane.
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October 8, 2010 In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR producer Felix Contreras interviews his father, a former migrant worker, about labor leader Cesar Chavez.
Chilean singer-songwriter Alex Anwandter.
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September 30, 2010 Hear an unexpected assortment of our favorite new songs, including indigenous folk with an industrial twist, a Brazilian influenced by tango and a sweet Venezuelan punk band that really, honestly wishes you nothing but the worst in life.
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