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 co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latinx musicians, actors, filmmakers, and writers. He has hosted and produced Alt.Latino episodes from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and throughout the U.S. since the show started in 2010.

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

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision in Miami and California. He's a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands in the Washington, DC, area. He is also NPR Music's resident Deadhead.

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How Angélique Kidjo Brings Out The Africa Of Celia Cruz's Catalog

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Twanguero, Danilo Torres, and Moises Baqueiro perform onstage for NPR Alt.Latino during the 2019 SXSW Festival at Flamingo Cantina in March 2019 in Austin. Hutton Supancic/Getty Images hide caption

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Rodrigo y Gabriela's Mettavolution comes out April 26. Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mettavolution

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    Mettavolution
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    Mettavolution
    Artist
    Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Label
    ATO Records
    Released
    2019

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Guest DJ: Empress Of Plays Sing-Along With Some Of Her Greatest Influences

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Alt.Latino's Primavera Extravaganza

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Alt.Latino Food Truck Chats: Musicians Tell Their Own Stories At SXSW 2019

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