New Favorites From Alt.Latino: Aventura, Rawayana And More Alt.Latino producer Anamaria Sayre joins to share noteworthy songs from Aventura and Bad Bunny, Silvana Estrada, Rawayana and Rodrigo Amarante.

New Favorites From Alt.Latino: Aventura, Rawayana And More

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And now we're going to explore some new music from artists you maybe haven't heard before. To help us do that, we've invited the team from Alt.Latino to share a few recommendations. Host Felix Contreras is out this week. So joining us today is Alt.Latino producer Anamaria Sayre. Anamaria, welcome.

ANAMARIA SAYRE, BYLINE: Thanks so much for having me. Excited to be here.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We are excited to have you. And who are we listening to?

SAYRE: I'm starting us off with the incredibly talented Mexican singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Silvana Estrada. She writes all of her music with a cuatro venezolano, which - the best way I can describe it is an instrument that produces kind of a deeper, richer ukulele sound. I think it adds almost this mythical touch to every song she makes. The song in particular that I brought today is actually the first single she's released since being signed to Glassnote Records. Think artists like Two Door Cinema Club, Mumford & Sons. You get the idea. And she's actually the first ever Latin artist they've signed. So this marks a pretty exciting moment for her, for all of us. Here she is singing her new single "Marchita."


SILVANA ESTRADA: (Singing in Spanish).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I mean, you can really hear the sort of Mexican sound of her music.

SAYRE: Absolutely, yeah. I mean, to me, I think the really cool thing about Silvana is that she has this whole legacy of Mexican instrumentalism and music behind her. So she comes from this really small town in Veracruz and was born to a family of instrument makers, traditional musicians. So she was playing all kinds of instruments at a really young age. Her voice - it mirrors this instrumental sound.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It's gorgeous. What do you have for us next?

SAYRE: This next pick is from Venezuelan band Rawayana. The single I'm about to play is a bit of a political statement coming from the band. They've generally been known to lean towards protest music, and this particular track encourages the listener to kind of recognize the gray area of things and, one could say, admonish extremism. Here is “Vayanse Todos A Mama."


RAWAYANA: (Singing in Spanish).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's pretty funny, saying, since the 1950s, it's the same crap, essentially.

SAYRE: (Laughter) Exactly, yeah. And the way they communicate it, too, is really an interesting choice that they make where they tow this line between kind of, like, rock and reggae with, like a bit of pop coming out of it. Really interesting pairing of sounds for a Venezuelan band. So not something we see too often.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Who's next on the discovery list?

SAYRE: This one - huge favorite of mine. I'm going to play you a track from Rodrigo Amarante's new album, "Drama." I think the whole album is an absolute masterpiece of musical expression, not to be too dramatic, but he has this way of pulling from so many different musical styles and kind of mixing sounds that perfectly marry the modern with the nostalgic and create a beautiful kind of unique experience. This is one of my favorite tracks off the new album, "Tao."


RODRIGO AMARANTE: (Singing) Source of a thousand things. The Tao is an empty cup poured and never filled, hidden deep and yet above. Before the gods could dance and now before my eyes...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I can definitely hear that nostalgia there. It's lovely.

SAYRE: Yeah, one of the things, too, that I love most about this album is that I think throughout it, he kind of stays very close to the chest. He never gets carried away with overly complex arrangements. He's very clear and represents himself really authentically. He actually said in a recent interview with NPR that he made this album as a comment on masculinity or, I think a better way to phrase it, maybe as a subversion of it. And so you can kind of feel the intensity with which he's trying and I think succeeding in communicating the emotions he has around that with the listener.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Who's next?

SAYRE: This one most definitely not a discovery artist, but I could not come on here today without mentioning the collaboration that is rocking my world right now, Bad Bunny Aventura collab. For those of you listening who don't know, Aventura just about the biggest bachata boy band of all time, absolute legends, recently reunited. And they're coming out here with this collaboration with the King Benito himself. A super exciting moment, I think, for (speaking Spanish), the worlds colliding. So take a listen. This is "Volvi."


BAD BUNNY AND AVENTURA: (Singing in Spanish).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I love this so much. It's so good.

SAYRE: It is really quite the fun listen. I think it's this really perfect blend of reggaeton and bachata, a true melding of two incredibly powerful and beloved entities in the Latin music world, in the world at large. I have been playing it nonstop since it came out. I love it. Bad Bunny, if you're hearing this, te amo.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) That is a good note to end it on. Te amo, Bad Bunny. Anamaria Sayre is a producer for NPR Music's Alt.Latino, a weekly podcast of Latino arts and culture and discovery. Thank you so much.

SAYRE: Thank you.


BAD BUNNY AND AVENTURA: (Singing in Spanish).

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