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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Doechii's she / her / black bitch tops our shortlist of the best new releases out on Aug. 5. Chris Parsons/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 5

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Flamenco is only one of the many genres that Spanish musicians have drawn from. Other styles explored in this wide-ranging episode American jazz, heavy metal and everything in between. Patrick Escudero/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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From the archives: flamenco, rock and songs of rebellion from Spain

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Banda MS is just one of the artists featured on this archival episode of Alt.Latino. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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From the archives: the many faces of 'Regional Mexican'

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X Alfonso's 'Ancestros Sinfonico tops Alt.Latino's mid-year top albums roundup

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R&B singer UMI's debut full-length, Forest in the City is one of NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on May 27. Eddie Mandell hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on May 27

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on April 22

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Reggaeton icon Ivy Queen is featured in this week's show. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images hide caption

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From the archives: interviews with Ibeyi, Ivy Queen and Silvina Moreno

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Alt.Latino's spring playlist explores music from Angola, Brazil, Cuba and more

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Daddy Yankee, a reggaeton 'leyenda,' retires

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From the archives: Latinas in punk

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From the archives: exploring the representation of women in reggaeton

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Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena (above) and Puerto Rican vocalist iLe are featured in this week's show. Pablo Dewin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From the archives: vibrant conversations with artists Daymé Arocena and iLe

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Vocalists Lila Downs (pictured), Li Saumet and Ana Tijoux are featured in this week's show. Marcela Taboada/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Celebrating Women's History Month with three powerful Latinas

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