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Fried Neckbones With Sazón: An Ode To Latin Soul

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Fried Neckbones With Sazón: An Ode To Latin Soul

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Fried Neckbones With Sazón: An Ode To Latin Soul

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In recent years, I've developed a musical obsession with new and old Latin soul. Nothing beats going for a long run in the evening, then getting home, pouring a glass of wine and cranking up a smooth, soothing song by Colombia's Kali Uchis, or a powerful vintage ballad by La Lupe.

I'm really lucky in that whenever I get a musical craving, I have an amazingly knowledgeable co-host, Felix Contreras, who feeds it. Few are as educated about Latin music as Gato Felix, or as enthusiastic about passing along his knowledge. That's how Alt.Latino started in the first place: I'd go up to Felix and talk to him about some exciting new artist, and he'd fill me in on the fascinating history of the genre. At some point, we figured we were having so much fun, and learning so much from each other, that we should let others in on our musical nerding-out sessions.

This week, we're visited by Jason King, who hosts NPR Music's wonderful R&B channel, I'll Take You There. So I brought Jason and Felix some of my favorite new Latin soul singers, from Miami's Kat Dahlia to Cuba's Danay Suarez, and they in turn took me on a tour of Latin soul's roots. It was so much fun, we didn't have room for all of Jason's picks on the show, but we've included them in the playlist below.

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As always, we want you to add your two cents. Which vintage Latin soul singers should we be enjoying? What new musicians are exciting you? Share the knowledge in the comments.

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Bo Diddley

  • from Best of Bo Diddley [Direct Source]
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Bo Diddley
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Direct Source Special
Released
2006

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Kali Uchis

  • Song: Ridin Round
  • from Por Vida
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Kat Dahlia

  • Song: Just Another Dude
  • from My Garden
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My Garden
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My Garden
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Kat Dahlia
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Epic
Released
2015

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Joe Cuba Sextet

  • Song: El Pito (I'll Never Go Back to Georgia)
  • from Estamos Haciendo Algo Blen! (We Must Be Doing Something Right!)
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Estamos Haciendo Algo Blen! (We Must Be Doing Something Right!)
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Joe Cuba Sextet
Released
1965

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Calma Carmona

  • Song: Pa' Que Te Quejas
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Joe Bataan

  • Song: Bottle (La Botella)
  • from Anthology [Salsoul]
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Anthology [Salsoul]
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Anthology [Salsoul]
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Joe Bataan
Released
2005

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Irene Diaz

  • Song: I Am Woman
  • from I Am Woman
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Danay Suarez

  • Song: Fly
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Joe Cuba

  • Song: Bang! Bang!
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Greatest Hits
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Joe Cuba
Released
2010

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Pete Rodriguez

  • Song: I Like It Like That
  • from Chef [Original Soundtrack]
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Chef [Original Soundtrack]
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Chef [Original Soundtrack]
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Original Soundtrack
Label
Milan
Released
2014

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War

  • Song: Cisco Kid
  • from Best of Soul Train
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Various Artists
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Time/Life Music
Released
2010

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Nuyorican Soul

  • Song: I Am the Black Gold of the Sun
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Giant Step/Blue Thumb

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Thee Midniters

  • Song: That's All
  • from Best of Thee Midniters
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Thee Midniters
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Rhino
Released
1983

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Sheila E

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Glamorous Life [Single]
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Glamorous Life [Single]
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Sheila E
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
1991

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Ibeyi

  • Song: Mama Says
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Ibeyi
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Ibeyi
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XL Recordings
Released
2015

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Tierra

  • Song: Together
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DLG [Dark Latin Groove]

  • Song: Quiero a Morir
  • from 20 Exitos Originales: Dark Latin Groove
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20 Exitos Originales: Dark Latin Groove
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DLG [Dark Latin Groove]
Label
Sony BMG Latin
Released
2005

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