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Hermanos Gutiérrez on World Cafe

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In a matter of three short years, Young Miko's become one of reggaeton and Latin pop's most promising stars. On her debut album 'Att.,' she keeps pushing the genre forward. Joshua Rivera/@shotsjpg hide caption

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On this week's Alt.Latino, a discussion of Latin artists in country music. Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images hide caption

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Tracing the history of Latino artists making country music

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On this week's Alt.Latino, an assessment of Shakira's current career after Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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What do we really want from Shakira?

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Elsa y Elmar is a featured artist on this week's Alt.Latino. Pablo Resoalbe hide caption

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Elsa y Elmar, Julieta Eugenio, Esteman and more

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Today's episode of Alt.Latino is an exploration of Cuba's musical and cultural history. YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A deep dive into Cuba's rich musical history, reported from Havana

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"I remember any time I traveled to Mexico and other countries in the continent, I felt like, 'I'm Latina, but I'm not exactly like the people here,' Arocena tells NPR. "When I came to Puerto Rico, it was like, 'okay, now I understand.' " Alex Alaya/Brownswood Recordings hide caption

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How Daymé Arocena left Cuba and found a freeing new sound in Afro-Caribbean pop

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Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Residente, La Yegros and El Cuarteto de Nos

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La Lupe is one of the artists featured in this week's Alt.Latino. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) hide caption

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We round up the greatest boleros ever, with help from artists and listeners

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In her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon credits The Shangri-Las' speak-sing style as an influence on her own. The '60s girl-group's lead singer, Mary Weiss, died last week. Danielle Neu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ana Tijoux is this week's guest on Alt.Latino. Javiera Gajardo hide caption

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Ana Tijoux: On why it took 10 years to release her new album 'Vida'

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Helado Negro's "Just Want To Wake Up With You" is one of Alt.Latino's favorite new tracks. Sadie Culberson hide caption

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Alt.Latino's best new music roundup: Helado Negro, Gaby Moreno and Ana Tijoux

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On this week's Alt.Latino, hosts Ana and Felix travel to Sinaloa, Mexico. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Regional Goes Global, Part 3: How a magical Mexican town keeps banda tradition alive

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On this week's Alt.Latino, hosts Ana and Felix travel to Sinaloa, Mexico. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Regional Goes Global, Part 3: How a magical Mexican town keeps banda tradition alive

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On this week's episode of Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras travel to Yakima, Wash., to interview family band Yahritza y Su Esencia. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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