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Spanish vocalist C. Tangana was a top pick for Alt.latino's Best Of 2021 panel. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images hide caption

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Alt.Latino looks back at the best albums of 2021

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The Paths of Pain, The Caife Label, Quito 1960-68 and Cantoras: Rural Folk Singers of Venezuela 1972-1983 Honest Jon's Records/Odelia Records hide caption

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Voices from the past in Ecuador and Venezuela

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Rubén Blades accepts the Best Salsa Album award on stage during the 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena Thursday in Las Vegas. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Latin Recording Academy hide caption

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A Day of the Dead altar at a public shrine in the historic city center of Oaxaca, Mexico. Gabriel Perez/Getty Images hide caption

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Honor the Departed in Our Annual Sonic Altar

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Shakira onstage during her MTV Unplugged performance, recorded in New York in 1999 and released as a live album in early 2000. Ignacio Gurruchaga/Courtesy of Sony Music hide caption

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We take a look at a few greats, old and new: Vicente Fernandez, Susana Baca, Cimafunk. Reanna Cruz/NPR Illustration hide caption

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

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Pop-rock star Juanes (left) and Swedish singer-songwriter José González (right.) NPR Illustration hide caption

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

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Musician/activist Natalia Serna (aka La Muna) is featured in one of the stories from the border this week. Noelle Haro-Gomez./palaabra/NAHJ hide caption

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Humanity Has No Border on La Frontera

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Isabel Allende's (right) newest memoir is The Soul of a Woman, and Sandra Cisneros' (left) latest book is a bilingual tale of ex-pat Latinas in Paris, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo. Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images / NPR Illustration hide caption

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It's Lit! Latina Novelists On Living With (And Writing In) Two Languages

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From left, producer Sebastian Krys, vocalist Nina Diaz and musician Elvis Costello reimagined a 1970s classic album. Paul Moore/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Elvis En Español: 'This Year's Model' Reimagined

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Eblis Alvaraez (Meridian Brothers) and Iván Medellin (Conjunto Media Luna) have one of the albums featured this week. Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Alt. Latino's Fall Music Preview

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Ana Macho's "Cuerpa" is featured on this week's episode. YouTube hide caption

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End Of Summer Rooftop Listening Party

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Gina Chavez, who was a Tiny Desk Contest judge in 2020, was overwhelmed by the Latin entries for 2021. Ismael Quintanilla III/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gina Chavez Picks Her 5 Favorite Tiny Desk Contest Entries

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We follow Latin Urban's trail from Panama to Puerto Rico to the world stage, including international superstar Bad Bunny. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty hide caption

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Encore: The Meteoric Rise Of Latin Urban Explained

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From Havana to Miami (pictured here), protestors have chanted, "Patria y Vida," or homeland and life, a clever play on the revered, long-held mantra of the Cuban government: patria o muerte. Scott McIntyre/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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We Excavate Cuba's Rallying Cry, 'Patria Y Vida'

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Gente de Zona's "Patria y Vida" (pictured, right: Randy Malcom in Miami) reclaims a slogan made popular at the birth of the Cuban revolution, "Patria o Muerte" (Homeland or Death), 62 years ago. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Actress Adelina Anthony and actor Mateo Ray Garcia in The Daily War, part of PBS's Latinx film series. Silvia Lara/Courtesy PBS hide caption

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Indie Film And Latinx Reality

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Puerto Rican superstar Rauw Alejandro's "Todo de Ti" has taken the Latin pop world by storm. Marik Curet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Boundaries On The Island: The Music Of Puerto Rico

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A new documentary about Rita Moreno, Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Alt.Latino Interview: Rita Moreno

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Melvin and his son, Nestor, were one family that was separated under former President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy. Nestor says he would have frequent nightmares about the separation. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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