Tiny Desk Contest: The Latinx Artists We Loved : Alt.Latino The NPR Music staff watched almost 5,000 videos during the Tiny Desk Contest. We highlight five Latinx artists that impressed us.
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Tiny Desk Contest: The Latinx Artists We Loved

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Tiny Desk Contest: The Latinx Artists We Loved

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One of the highlights of the year around the NPR Music office is the now annual Tiny Desk Contest. The winner this year is 34-year-old Naia Izumi, a busker originally from Columbus, Georgia, who now performs on the streets of Los Angeles.

It is simply inspiring to see and hear the amount of talented musicians that are out there making music. Some are hoping for a chance to make a record, others are doing it just for the sheer joy of it.

Another tradition that has come from this call out is the annual Alt.Latino sampling of Latinx musicians who submit videos.

This year, I called in some help to work through all the contestants. Stefanie Fernández, Cyrena Touros and Joshua Bote were NPR Music interns during the contest and watched thousands of submissions. The variety of styles and approaches they witnessed was impressive, especially the way young musicians are expanding, even tearing down the notion of what "Latin Music" is supposed to sound like.

We covered six of these artists on the podcast, but I encourage you to see the rest of our favorites below and visit the Tiny Desk Contest site to view all of this year's entries. You'll lose a couple of hours, but your belief in the power of music to heal and to bring joy — not to mention smiles — will be fully restored.

Tiny Desk Contest: The Latinx Artists We Loved

  • Bang Data, 'Ya No Mas'

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  • Diana Gameros, 'En Juárez'

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  • Lucas Sanches Ferreira, 'Miami'

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  • Lau Noah, 'La Realidad'

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  • Dorian Wood, 'Song For Brown Children'

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  • Ceci Pineda, 'Para la Cima de la Montaña'

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  • Iro and the Moon, 'The Old Meth Lab Behind Our House'

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  • Cecilia + the Broken Hearts, 'La Viuda'

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  • Inti and the Moon, 'Canción a tu Ausencia'

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  • La Misa Negra, 'Me Voy Pa' Porce'

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  • MaR, 'Clarity'

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  • Superfónicos, 'El Miedo'

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  • Reina Mora, 'Trouble'

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  • MaJo, Esotérica Tropical'

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  • Sugar Rum Tantrum, 'Cheap Elegance Tango'

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  • Baracutanga, 'Te Llama mi Tambor'

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  • DeReyes, 'Sundial / Reloj de Sol (Bilingual Version)'

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  • Celeste Lanuza, 'Tu Alma Vale (Your Soul is Valuable)'

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  • Tres Souls, 'Anoche Yo Te Vi'

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  • Jackie Mendoza, 'De Lejos'

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