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Latin Roots: Christmas In Cuba

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Contributor Judy Cantor-Navas visits World Cafe to spin holiday songs by Celia Cruz and more.

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Latin Roots: Billy Gibbons Adds A Cubano Twist To The Blues

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Hear the ZZ Top guitarist like you've never heard him before.

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Latin Roots: Celebrating Catalan Music

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As Catalonia's parliamentary election approaches, writer Judy Cantor-Navas shares music from that region of Spain.

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Sonora Ponceña, a Puerto Rican salsa band, has been active for 50 years. They're one of the bands picked by Ernesto Lechner to showcase the music known as "progressive salsa." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Latin Roots: Prog Rock? How About Prog Salsa?

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In the '70s, jazzy experimentation extended beyond the then-burgeoning prog-rock movement.

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Latin Roots: Norteño For The Fourth Of July

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Hear about a style of music that's just as popular in the U.S. as it is in Mexico.

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Latin Roots: Philly Edition

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Hear music from El Malito & the 33rd Century, El Caribefunk and Pupi Legarreta, Latin artists with Philadelphia connections.

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Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

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Is cumbia the most essential style of Latin music? Contributor Catalina Maria Johnson explores the genre.

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Latin Roots: Essential Boleros

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The bolero originated in Cuba, but it can be found in unexpected places — including familiar songs.

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Latin Roots: Jovem Guarda

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As Ernesto Lechner explains, this important movement in mid-'60s Brazil saw many artists claiming influences from rock musicians abroad.

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Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

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These well-loved Latin lullabies are frequently passed down from grandmothers to babies.

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Latin Roots: The Response To New Wave Around The Americas

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Ernesto Lechner discusses New Wave's significance for the development of rock en Español.

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