Latin Roots: Xenia Rubinos : World Cafe Funk, R&B and hip-hop all coexist in the wildly original music on Rubinos' newest album, Black Terry Cat. Hear her perform a few songs live in the studio.
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Latin Roots: Xenia Rubinos

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Latin Roots: Xenia Rubinos

Latin Roots: Xenia Rubinos

Latin Roots: Xenia Rubinos

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Set List

  • "Romeo"
  • "Lonely Lover"
  • "Mexican Chef"
  • "Black Stars"

Xenia Rubinos, who has Puerto Rican and Cuban roots, sings in both Spanish and English and identifies personally as "Brown". She now lives in Brooklyn, having always wanted to move to New York City to make music — but she made a detour to Boston along the way to attend the Berklee School of Music, "to appease my parents," she says. (It was a good thing she did: At Berklee, she met drummer Marco Buccelli, with whom she has been working ever since.)

It's difficult to fit this extraordinary musician into rigid genre categories. Funk, R&B and hip-hop all coexist in the wildly original music on Rubinos' newest album, Black Terry Cat. Whatever you call it, it's serious fun.

Episode Playlist