Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR's program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture.

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Felix Contreras

Host, Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR's program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award-winning series 50 Great Voices.

He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision. He's also a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands.

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In "Como," the undisputed king of reggaeton joins forces with newcomer Kim Viera for an urbano reinvention of the summer love song. Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Balún's Prisma Tropical is out July 20. Nosotros/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Balún, 'Prisma Tropical'

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Spain's El Twanguero fuses an education in flamenco guitar with American ragtime and swing to create a Latin twang all his own. Piero F. Giunti/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Here Are 4 Latin Albums To Get You Through This Summer

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Los Gallos Negros perform at a rally in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Felix Contreras/NPR hide caption

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Protesting Trump's Immigration Policy Through Song

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Alice Bag had one of the best songs and albums of the year so far. Greg Velasquez/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino's 12 Favorite Latin Songs Of 2018 (So Far)

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Marlon Jackson (from left), father Joe Jackson, an unidentified friend, Michael Jackson and Randy Jackson backstage at the Inglewood Forum on Aug. 26, 1973. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa Is Part Of A Long Line of 'Amazing'

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Puerto Rican crooner-turned-hitmaker Luis Fonsi and British-Jamaican grime rapper Stefflon Don team up for the least expected collaboration of the year. Carlos Perez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Contemporary Mexican Music: Not Your Abuelita's Mariachi

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