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Johnny Pacheco, seen here in 2007, died at the age of 85 on Monday. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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Fania Records Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies At 85

Pacheco was a prolific songwriter and musical arranger whose work helped fuel the careers of Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades.

Fania Records Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies At 85

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Remembering The Legacy Of Maestro Armando Manzanero

Latin artists across generations and genres revered Armando Manzanero, who died in December due to COVID-19. We asked a few of our favorite musicians to pay tribute to the acclaimed Mexican composer.

Liliana Samuet, the voice behind much of Bomba Estéreo's new release. Jhoy Suarez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino Playlist: Taking Us Home And Out Of This World

Nostalgia is the undercurrent of new music released by Bomba Estéreo, Mexican Institute of Sound, Venezonix and Santa Fe Klan.

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The Podcast 'Anything For Selena' Tells A Story Larger Than The Artist's Life

Ari Shapiro speaks with host Maria Garcia, whose childhood on the U.S.-Mexico border informs the show's storytelling about the late queen of Tejano music.

The Podcast 'Anything For Selena' Tells A Story Larger Than The Artist's Life

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Edwin Perez (Home) Concert

Perez's up-tempo energy brought the party on the final night on Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST.

Lila Downs' song for the Morning Edition Song Project, "Dark Eyes," honors essential workers who are often overlooked. Jennifer Pochat/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lila Downs' New Song Is About Indigenous Workers' Invisible Labor

Downs speaks with Rachel Martin about "Dark Eyes," a song inspired by essential workers from Native American communities who are often overlooked.

Lila Downs' New Song Is About Indigenous Workers' Invisible Labor

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano (Home) Concert

An eight-piece backing band, dressed almost entirely in white, helps Garzón-Montano bring the music of his latest album, Agüita, to life.

Music journalist Betto Arcos gathers his favorite reports from prolific career in Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio. Erik Esparza/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In 'Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio'

In his new book, the globetrotting journalist and longtime NPR contributor collects some of his favorite reports from musicians and music communities around the world.

Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In 'Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio'

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Las Cafeteras released a Spanglish cover of "Georgia On My Mind" in December as the Senate race in Georgia headed to a runoff. Ella Hovsepian/Getty Images hide caption

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Music That Moves From Despair To Hope

After an upsetting week in the U.S., we offer some music to cope, featuring David Bowie and Miriam Makeba, plus covers by Las Cafeteras and Los Cenzontles.

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'Rompan Todo' Explores A Turbulent History Of Latin America Through Rock Music

Rompan Todo is a new Netflix six-part documentary series that explores the socio-political history of rock music in Latin America from its genesis in the 1960s to the present.