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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Speed Dating Through Spring's New Music

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A 97-Year-Old Mexican Jazz Drummer's Latest Gig

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Omar Sosa Takes A Journey To East Africa

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From The 'Cosmic Barrio' To 'Despacito,' Two Latin Music Books We Love

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Melissa Aldana, a saxophone wielding chingona, included among this week's female instrumentalists. Holis King/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Women Are Instrumental To Latin Music

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A Year Of Pandemic: Alt.Latino Remembers

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The Voice And Spirit Of Bobi Céspedes

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Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara discusses his new album, Distrito Federal. Andres Navarro/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Man Running An Entire Nation's Institute Of Sound

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Now We Sob, Forever He Sings: Chick Corea Remembered

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Fania Records Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies At 85

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Warm Up Your Winter With New Songs

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Jazz Fusion Pioneer, Chick Corea, Dies Of Cancer At 79

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