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

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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.

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Diana Fuentes

  • Song: De Oriente a Occidente
  • from Planeta Planetario
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Planeta Planetario
Album
Planeta Planetario
Artist
Diana Fuentes
Label
Sony Latin
Released
2014

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Danay Suarez

  • Song: Yo Aprendí
  • from Polvo De La Humedad
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Song
Polvo De La Humedad
Album
Polvo De La Humedad
Artist
Danay Suárez
Label
Universal Music Latino
Released
2014

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

  • Song: Mulata Abusadora
  • from Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
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Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
Album
Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
Artist
Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band
Label
Brownswood
Released
2011

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Afrikun

  • Song: Kimbiseros
  • from Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
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Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
Album
Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
Artist
Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band
Label
Brownswood
Released
2011

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Yusa

  • Song: Y Te Apareces (Suddenly You Appear)
  • from Haiku
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Song
Haiku
Album
Haiku
Artist
Yusa
Label
Tumi
Released
2008

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Ibeyi

  • Song: Oya
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Song
Ibeyi
Album
Ibeyi
Artist
Ibeyi
Label
XL Recordings
Released
2015

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The Creole Choir Of Cuba

  • Song: Peze Café
  • from Tande-La
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Song
Tande-La
Album
Tande-La
Artist
Creole Choir of Cuba
Label
Real World Records
Released
2010

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

  • Song: Ain't No Sunshine
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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Album
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Artist
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Label
Justin Time Records
Released
2014

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