What's On Alt.Latino's Playlist? The Sounds Of Cuba Today : Alt.Latino Cuban musicians are mixing tradition with contemporary styles to create sounds that defy description or categorization. Hear a mix featuring more than 100 songs from today's Cuba.

What's On Alt.Latino's Playlist? The Sounds Of Cuba Today

What's On Alt.Latino's Playlist? The Sounds Of Cuba Today

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Naomi Diaz (left) and Lisa-Kainde Diaz of Ibeyi perform at the 2016 Coachella festival. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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We've just enjoyed a short run of Alt.Latino episodes that dig deeper into Cuban music. We've heard a lot of history and met some experts, and I got to play some music from my recent visit to Havana. On this week's show, we'll hear a handful of tracks that reflect some of the musical trends happening in Cuba right now.

I've also assembled a Spotify playlist with more than 100 tracks; it's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the sounds heard all over the island today. Our show this week cherry-picks a handful and celebrates the amazing mix of tradition, imagination and artistic vision.

Here at Alt.Latino, we're just getting started in exploring the music of Cuba. I've been a fan of Cuban music since I was a teenager, and what's happening there now is just as fascinating as anything from its glorious past.

Hear The Songs

  • Diana Fuentes

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    "De Oriente a Occidente"

    From 'Planeta Planetario'

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  • Danay Suarez

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    "Yo AprendĂ­"

    From 'Polvo De La Humedad'

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  • Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band feat. Telmary & Elain Morales

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    "Mulata Abusadora"

    From 'Havana Cultura: The Search Continues'

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  • Afrikun

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    "Kimbiseros"

    From 'Havana Cultura: The Search Continues'

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  • Yusa

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    "Y Te Apareces (Suddenly You Appear)"

    From 'Haiku'

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  • Ibeyi

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    "Oya"

    From 'Ibeyi'

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  • The Creole Choir Of Cuba

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    "Peze Café"

    From 'Tande-La'

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  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

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    "Ain't No Sunshine"

    From 'Jane Bunnett & Maqueque'

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