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A voyage across the world in search of the best new Rock en Espanol and Latin Alternative music releases. Co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd also pay tribute to the pioneers of the genre.More from Alt.Latino »

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As "The Lady In The Tutti-Frutti Hat" from 1946's The Gang's All Here, Carmen Miranda embodied the sexual, social and political complexities of fruit in Latin America.

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Disfruta La Fruta: Songs About Fruit

From the Chiquita Banana Girl to the Banana Republic, Alt.Latino takes a knife to the rich, fruit-themed songs that pervade Latin music.

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Arturo O'Farrill conducts during recording sessions in Havana last winter.

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A Witness To History: Guest DJ Arturo O'Farrill

Alt.Latino talks to a bandleader with deep roots in Cuban music and a role in current events. O'Farrill just released a new album called Cuba: The Conversation Continues.

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Rita Hayworth would've loved this mixtape.

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Silk-Robe Songs: A Decadent Alt.Latino Playlist

A mixtape for when you're leaning out onto your balcony, looking melancholy and pretending to be a classic Hollywood dame.

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Mexican singer Ceci Bastida.

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Tijuana's Daughter: Guest DJ Ceci Bastida

The prolific musician joins Alt.Latino to discuss her life and times with Tijuana No! and Julieta Venegas, as well as her solo career.

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Fans attend New York's Brasil Summerfest, which highlights Brazilian music in a wide variety of styles and genres.

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An Explosion Of Music From Brasil Summerfest 2015

For those who can't get to New York City, Alt.Latino samples the festival's diverse lineup.

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Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman at Ruido Fest 2015 in Chicago.

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No Sleep Until NYC, Chicago And Philly: A Latin Alternative Feast

Three festivals featuring Latin alternative music in one weekend speak to the growing popularity of the genre.

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A boy stands next to a police car bearing a picture of fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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Narcocorridos: Telling Truths, Or Glorifying An Escaped Drug Lord?

Alt.Latino looks at popular songs chronicling the escape of Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo this week. Some describe his getaway admiringly, while others mock his perceived collusion with authorities.

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Chilean DJ Imaabs.

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Keep It Moving: New Dance Music From Latin America

Guest DJs Sami Yenigun and Otis Hart stop by Alt.Latino to share some of their favorite dance-music finds from across the Spanish-speaking world.

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Novalima blends Afro-Peruvian folk music with electronic beats.

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Nonstop Grooves With Guest DJ Novalima

On Alt.Latino, the band spins music and discusses mixing electronic beats with Afro-Peruvian folk.

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DJ Tribilin Sound serves up bass, beeps and bloops from the Peruvian underground.

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The Livin' Is Easy: A Summer Solstice Mixtape

From the EDM clubs of Lima to the hip-hop dance halls of Fresno, Alt.Latino slides into summertime with a slick mix of new music.

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