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The Alt.Latino Spring 2017 New Music Preview

Hear new tracks from Cafe Tacvba, Dayme Arocena, Chicano Batman, Hurray For The Riff Raff and more.

The Alt.Latino Spring 2017 New Music Preview

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Alt.Latino Listeners Pick The Best Of 2016

You've heard from us about the best Latin music of the year — now, we're hearing from you.

Alt.Latino Listeners Pick The Best Of 2016

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Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza released Ojos Del Sol this year. It's one of Alt.Latino's favorites of 2016. Gerardo Mendoza/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino Picks The Best Latin Music Of 2016

This was a year for redefining expectations and defying conventions in Latin music. Hear 10 songs that represent just some of the highlights.

Alt.Latino Picks The Best Latin Music Of 2016

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Encore: Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound

The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. When the band reunited for a short tour this spring, the guitarist told Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.

Encore: Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound

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Pianist Chucho Valdes, founding member of the Cuban band Irakere, poses before a concert in Madrid in 2005. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home

In the wake of Fidel Castro's death, Alt.Latino looks at the artists who remained in Cuba after the revolution and those who've left — and how their music reflects both realities.

The Sounds Of Cuba, In Exile And At Home

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Ecuadorian musician Daniel Lofredo Rota discovered a treasure trove of lost recording sessions in boxes and in this bag. Daniel Lofredo Rota hide caption

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The Lost Tapes Of Caife: A Vintage Ecuadorian Record Label Revived

Recently, Ecuadorian DJ Daniel Lofredo Rota stumbled upon a box of tapes from his grandfather's record label. Now, he's reclaiming a lost segment of his country's musical heritage.

The Lost Tapes Of Caife: A Vintage Ecuadorian Record Label Revived

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This week's episode of Alt.Latino offers songs for recovery and healing. Bianca Polak/Flickr hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Post-Election Meditation: Music For Healing

Hear a special mix of meditative music, recorded before the votes were tallied, to help you get over the bruising election season.

Alt.Latino's Post-Election Meditation: Music For Healing

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Our Día de los Muertos altar in the Alt.Latino World Headquarters celebrates Prince, David Bowie and many more of the musicians and loved ones we lost this year. Nicole Boliaux/NPR hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar: Remembering Those Who've Left Us

In what's become an annual Día de los Muertos tradition, we play music and personal dedications honoring the departed — from Prince to a listener's abuelito.

Alt.Latino's Sonic Altar: Remembering Those Who've Left Us

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This week, Alt.Latino takes a look at a literary genre that explores the darker sides of Latino imagination. Darko Labor/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

Good guys, bad guys, cops and intrigue — it's all part of the world of Latino noir fiction. Author Carmen Amato takes us on a tour of the genre.

Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad Vatos

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Love For The Lead Guitar: Guest DJ Eljuri

The accomplished guitarist, songwriter and vocalist dives deep into the world of the lead guitar with a playlist of her favorite classic-rock icons.

Love For The Lead Guitar: Guest DJ Eljuri

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