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The East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is known for a version of "La Bamba" that mixes traditional Mexican son jarocho with hip-hop. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival

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Jose Feliciano performs in Washington DC in June 2018 Marisa Arbona-Ruiz/NPR hide caption

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Guest DJ José Feliciano Is An Alt.Latino Icon

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Cachao Y Su Orquesta pictured during a historic recording session included in the new box set The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions. Courtesy of the Tommy Meini/Gladys Palmera Collection hide caption

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Cuban Treasures Unearthed: Remastered Jam Sessions From Historic Panart Records

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Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler performing at the Tiny Desk in April 2018. NPR hide caption

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'El Tiny': A Sampler Of Latin Bands At NPR's Tiny Desk

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Cardi B and J Balvin perform "I Like It" during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. in April 2018. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images hide caption

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The Long Legacy Of Latin Music Influencing Hip-Hop

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A resident of Puerto Rico cleans up just after Hurricane Maria struck the island on Set. 20, 2017 Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico One Year After Maria

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Toronzo Cannon at the 2018 Philadelphia Folk Festival Lisa Schaffer/WXPN hide caption

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Philadelphia Folk Festival Camp Stage On World Cafe

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Alejandro Escovedo's new album is The Crossing. Nancy Escovedo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alejandro Escovedo: A Latino Punk Pioneer

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Carmen Miranda inspires one of the characters in The Air You Breathe, the new novel by Frances de Pontes Peebles. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Samba And Saudade: The Inspirations Behind 'The Air You Breathe'

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members of the band Novalima Vito Mirr/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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New Music Highlights Show Nuances Of Identity

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Singers and musicians from Fania Records including Celia Cruz (bottom, center), Ruben Blades (directly above Celia Cruz) and label co-originator, Johnny Pacheco (top row, fifth from left). Courtesy of Concord Records hide caption

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Members of Le Butcherettes L-R: Alejandra Robles Luna (drums), Rikardo Rodríguez-López (guitar), Marfred Rodríguez-López (bass) and Teresa Suárez Coscío (frontwoman, voice, guitar and keyboard.) Lyndsey Byrnes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Midsummer 2018 New Music Roundup

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The women of Dominican electronic trio Mula make synth music that synthesizes their acoustic Caribbean musical heritage. Raúl Fernández/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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