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Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

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Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

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Vayijel is a Mexican rock band that sings in Tzotzil. Alfio Tommasini/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vayijel is a Mexican rock band that sings in Tzotzil.

Alfio Tommasini/Courtesy of the artist

This week on Alt.Latino, we feature artists who showcase their musical talents in indigenous languages from Mapuche to Tzotzil, Guarani and Quechua. These young musicians — from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico — defy industry norms that say singing in Spanish or Portuguese is the only way to get on the radio.

Of course, this is only a handful of the singers and bands we've been enjoying recently. Join us in the comments to share and recommend your own favorites.

Hear The Songs

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Luzmila Carpio (Captain Planet Remix)

  • Song: Amaotayku Avelino Sinani (El Remolon Remix)
  • from Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK
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Dr. Sativo, M.C.H.e. & Tzutu Baktun Kan

  • Song: Lago Negro
  • from Lago Negro
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Vayijel

  • Song: J'ilol
  • from J'ilol
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Wechekeche Ñi Traw Ün

  • Song: Palin Aukatuaiñ
  • from Palin Aukatuaiñ
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Kalfullufken Paillafilu

  • Song: Kollong
  • from Kollong
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El Remolon

  • Song: La Bonita
  • from La Bonita
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