Sue Steward's Latin: 100 Essential CDs, The Rough Guide
March 7, 2002 -- Ever wondered how to tell the difference between a salsa and a rhumba? How about a cumbia and a tango?All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with music writer Sue Steward about her book, Latin: 100 Essential CDs, The Rough Guide -- a pocket-sized tome designed to help curious shoppers navigate their way through the international bins at the record store.
Steward describes the Rough Guide as an essential guidebook to the best Latin music albums. The book picks music from Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico and other Latin countries. Rhumbas, mambos, tangos and other Latin music types are explained, with quick historical overviews and thumbnail sketches of the artists who define the idiom.
Songs featured in the Rough Guide, heard on All Things Considered: