Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is the 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 radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.

In addition to his post behind the mic, Contreras programs music from the Latin diaspora for the acclaimed Tiny Desk concerts and hosts a weekly Instagram Live interview with a wide-ranging roster of guests.

A knowledgeable international ambassador for Latino heritage and arts, "Tio Felix '' travels extensively in search of new talent and new music and captures important legacy performers in jazz and Latin genres. Various national and international publications have quoted his expertise on the contemporary influences of Latin culture, music, and media.

His a recovering TV journalist whose first post at NPR in 2001 was as a Producer/Reporter for the NPR News Arts Desk. He is also NPR's resident Deadhead and performs around the DC area with his Latin music Beatles cover band, Los Day Trippers.

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Alt.Latino looks back at the best albums of 2021

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Voices from the past in Ecuador and Venezuela

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The 22nd annual Latin Grammys were held in Las Vegas

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Honor the Departed in Our Annual Sonic Altar

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Alt.Latino And NPR News: Musical Profiles From Mexico, Cuba and Peru

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Alt.Latino Unpacks the Latest Music News, Including Latin Grammy Drama

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New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

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A preview of 'El Tiny' Concerts: Camila Cabello, Yendry and Nicki Nicole

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Reggaeton rules Latinx music, but not at the Latin Grammys

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