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Brazilian rapper Karol Conka blew our minds this week.

Listen Chicken Soup For The Ears: New Music To Cure What Ails You

April 19, 2014 – Co-host Felix Contreras plays soothing new music for his ailing co-host, Jasmine Garsd.


Ricky Munoz, lead singer of Intocalbe, performs in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border, is inspired by Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard.

Listen Borderland Music: Songs From The U.S.-Mexico Frontera

April 12, 2014 – NPR followed the border between Mexico and the U.S. Alt.Latino plays music heard along the way.


Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta.

Listen Messing With Texas: Alt.Latino's Favorite Music From SXSW 2014

March 22, 2014 – The show's hosts discuss their favorite SXSW music over heaping plates of Texas barbecue.


Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux in conversation with NPR's Alt.Latinoat SXSW 2014.

Listen Live From SXSW: Ana Tijoux, 'We Are Crazy As A Species'

March 14, 2014 – Hear our very first live Alt.Latino — featuring rapper Ana Tijoux, whose new album Vengo we love.


Puerto Rican musician and singer Rene Perez Joglar of Calle 13.

Listen Love Him Or Hate Him, Calle 13's Rene Perez Joglar Visits Alt.Latino

March 7, 2014 – Hear an interview with the Puerto Rican musician, plus new music by Ana Tijoux and La Santa Cecilia.


Gilberto Gil, pictured here on the cover of Luar (A Gente Precisa Ver o Luar), is one of the many artists we listen to this week to understand the concept of "saudade."

Listen Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word

February 28, 2014 – We explore the Portuguese and Galician concept of saudade, and how it plays out in music.


Rapper Bocafloja is a pioneer of Mexican hip-hop.

Listen How Hip-Hop Changed Latin Music Forever

February 21, 2014 – Rapper Bocafloja and blogger Juan Data join Alt.Latino to discuss the ways the genres have combined.


Rita Indiana, from the Dominican Republic, is one of many artists who have vocalized concerns over the relationship between her country and Haiti.

Listen Cradle Of Black Pride: Haiti, Dominican Republic And The Music In Between

February 13, 2014 – Alt.Latino continues its Black History Month coverage by exploring the nations' complicated history.

Kryone injects this week's episode of Alt.Latino with some killer Brazilian beats.

Listen Latin Metal, Uruguayan Hip-Hop And New Ana Tijoux

January 30, 2014 – In Alt.Latino's eclectic and danceable mix, hear Chilean rappers, Argentine rockers and Mexican DJs.


Zuzuka Poderosa.

Listen Tequila And The Theremin: A Day In The Life Of Alt.Latino

January 16, 2014 – In which our hosts drink with a band from Tijuana and dance to Brazilian funk mixed with klezmer.


Milka La Mas Dura.

Listen 10 Songs To Start 2014 In Style

January 1, 2014 – On this week's Alt.Latino, hear a mix of songs curated by DJ Oscar Nñ to start your year off right.


A driver disguised as Santa Claus drives a public bus at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Listen Festivo Alt.Latino: Cafe Tacvba, Molotov And Bajofondo In Concert

December 24, 2013 – As a holiday gift to you, we bring you a special concert with Molotov, Cafe Tacvba and Bajofondo.


Album cover for La Lupe.

Listen La Lupe, Queen Of Latin Soul: The Original Alt.Latina

December 19, 2013 – She was a rebel before it was cool: enchanting, hypnotic, tragic. We speak to La Lupe's biographer.


Listen Alt.Latino's Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists Of 2013

December 5, 2013 – A look back at the diverse, exciting and adventure-filled year in Latin Alternative music.


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