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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Carlos Vives leans into his Colombian roots on his latest album, Cumbiana. Andres Oyuela/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Summer Music Haul

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Pete Rodriguez (center) on the cover of 1967's I Like It Like That, a pivotal boogaloo record, which has just been reissued. Courtesy of Craft Latino hide caption

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Reclaiming Boogaloo

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Residente (right) and Bad Bunny call for Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation in San Juan on July 17, 2019. Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Residente's Favorite Protest Songs

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The Afro-Latinx Experience Is Essential To Our International Reckoning On Race

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Colombian vocalist Lido Pimienta released one of our favorite albums of the year so far. Daniella Murillo/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Alt. Latino Reflects On The Best Music Of 2020 (So Far)

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Colombian musician Juanes turns inward in music and conversation on this week's show. Omar Cruz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Juanes Turns Inward

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"I have found metal to be very descriptive of the horrors that we've lived in the Dominican Republic under dictatorships, [slavery]," Rita Indiana says. "Our history is a horrorosa." Noelie Quintero/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rita Indiana, La Monstra, Returns With 'Black Sabbath Dembow'

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Alt.Latino's 10th Anniversary!

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Lila Downs and Gina Chavez join this week's Alt.Latino to talk about new music, but also the world right now. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Lila Downs And Gina Chavez: Two Mujeres With Messages

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The 2020 Latin Alternative Music Conference Moves Online

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George Floyd's death by police force has sparked world-wide protest. Alt.Latino digs into it archives for an episode about protest music and its power. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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From The Alt.Latino Archives: Protest Music That Inspires And Moves

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Gaby Moreno teamed up with Flor de Toloache singer Mireya Ramos for a cover of David Bowie's "Lady Grinning Soul," which is featured in this new music roundup. Gonzalo Marroquín/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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May's Latin Music Roundup: New Songs For Emotional Release

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Natalia Lafourcade celebrates Mexican son jarocho on her new album, Un Canto Para Mexico. Manuel Zuñiga/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natalia Lafourcade Searches For The Soul Of Son Jarocho

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