A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell : Alt.Latino As President Obama leaves office, Alt.Latino digs up some of the Latin music that's found its way into the Mixtape-Maker-In-Chief's playlists.
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A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell

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A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell

A Despedida Playlist To Bid POTUS Farewell

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President Barack Obama speaks during a taping of "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina," a concert celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, at the White House in October 2009. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama speaks during a taping of "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina," a concert celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, at the White House in October 2009.

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While history shows that just about every president who's lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue hosted some kind of musical performance while occupying the White House, President Barack Obama may have been the most musical president of our lifetime. Artists as varied as Earth Wind & Fire, Bob Dylan and Maná have boogied in the historic East Room during the last eight years.

President Obama has also proven himself to be a master mixtape compiler: first using his iPod, then moving over to Spotify to let us know what was on his mind, musically speaking. And he included quite a bit of Latin music along the way.

So this week, as a way to say thanks and so long, we pull out the piles of cassettes he sent us — or would have sent us, if we knew each other and he wasn't busy being the President of the United States — and select some tracks that would have made it onto an Alt.Latino playlist.

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Manu Chao

  • Song: Me Gustas Tu
  • from Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
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Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
Album
Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
Artist
Manu Chao
Label
Rhino
Released
2001

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

  • Song: My Shot
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Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Album
Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
Artist
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Label
Atlantic
Released
2015

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Mala Rodriguez

  • Song: Tengo un Trato
  • from Mala Rodríguez/Lujo Ibérico
  • by Mala Rodríguez
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Song
Mala Rodríguez/Lujo Ibérico
Album
Mala Rodríguez/Lujo Ibérico
Artist
Mala Rodríguez
Label
Universal Distribution
Released
2007

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Los Lobos

  • Song: Cumbia Raza
  • from This Time
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This Time
Album
This Time
Artist
Los Lobos
Label
Hollywood Records
Released
1999

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Aventura

  • Song: José (Ahora Dime Quien) [Live]
  • from K.O.B. Live
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Song
K.O.B. Live
Album
K.O.B. Live
Artist
Aventura
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
2006

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Gloria Estefan

  • Song: Mi Tierra [My Homeland]
  • from Mí Tierra
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Mí Tierra
Album
Mí Tierra
Artist
Gloria Estefan
Label
EPC
Released
1993

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War

  • Song: All Day Music
  • from All Day Music
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All Day Music
Album
All Day Music
Artist
War
Label
A Street
Released
1971

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