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Alt.Latino's Last New Music Show of 2017, Featuring Calma Carmona, Boogat And More

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(SOUNDBITE OF JOSE MARQUEZ'S "AGUANILE")

FELIX CONTRERAS, HOST:

From NPR Music, this is ALT.LATINO. I'm Felix Contreras. We've come to that time of the year. It's the end of the year. So this is my final new music show of the year. I had a bunch of stuff stacked up in the mail room, digital downloads, and I'm going to sneak in as many tracks as we can before we get to our big final end of the year favorites lists in December. But before we go there, let's go to one that fell between the cracks. This one came out in September. This is from the remix EP, "Santiago Sessions," the Hammock House remix series from Fania. This is a remix of the great Willie Colón classic, "Aguanile," featuring Héctor Lavoe.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AGUANILE (DJ JOSE MARQUEZ REMIX)")

HÉCTOR LAVOE: (Singing) Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Yemaya, Yemaya. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Yemaya, Yemaya. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Yemaya. Aguanile, aguanile. Santo Dios, santo fuerte, santo inmortal, aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Eh, aguanile, aguanile, aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Eh, Kyrie Eleison, Christie Eleison. No te metas a mi moña, que yo también me sé de eso. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Oye todo el mundo reza que reza porque se acabe la guerra y eso no se va a acabar, eso será una rareza. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Ay, tambores rumacuyi, tambores rumacuya, que se echen todo pa' la'o, que la tierra va a temblar. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Aguanile, aguanile, mai mai. Ay, que bombonchele, a bonconchcncha. Yo traigo aguanile pa' rociar a las muchachas.

CONTRERAS: That was the voice of Héctor Lavoe, remixed from the album "Santiago Sessions" from Fania Records. OK, now one of my favorite new vocalists. Her name is Calma Carmona, and her sound is a mix of soul and hip-hop and Caribbean, and it's a perfect match for her voice and her styles. You know, you got to see her live. Once you do, you'll be a fan. She has a new album out this week. This is the title cut. It's called "100 Vidas."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "100 VIDAS")

CALMA CARMONA: (Singing) I will find you. Have a lifetime, baby. I'll find you. And I will be again. And again. I'll fly in the sky. I'll swim deeper in the sea. I cross every desert, baby. Cien vidas no me dan para amarte como se debe. Cien vidas no me dan. Cien vidas no me dan para amarte como se debe. Cien vidas no me dan. We flew high like butterflies, two fish swimming endlessly. I've crossed the Caribbean Sea. Can you claim I forgot? Remember when I was an Indian? I was a healer. Cien vidas no me dan para amarte como se debe. Cien vidas no me dan. Cien vidas no me dan para amarte como se debe. Cien vidas no me dan. Again. And again. Oh. No hay nadie como tú. Deja vu. No hay nadie como tú. Deja vu.

CONTRERAS: Calma Carmona from the album "100 Vidas." We're listening to the last batch of new music for 2017, and next up is one of my favorite bands. They are the creative anchors of the Bay Area music scene. They have a new album coming out in January 2018. The name of the band is Bang Data, and I got to give a shout out to Juan Manuel Caipo and the guys in the band. Always a pleasure to get new music from you guys. This is called "Loco."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOCO")

BANG DATA: (Singing) Loco - I'm going loco. Loco - we goin' loco.

(Rapping) The mirror - it looks back. Can I handle this? I strive for the good life, just a small fish, a house and a good wife. It's a small gift. Zombies in the street, walking like they soulless. Pass by looking at a stranger. I don't ask why they puttin' me in danger. It's hard to focus. That's why I wrote it. It's not a joke. It's hard. I'm feeling hopeless.

(Singing) You can't stop it. I'm getting fed up. When I fell, my daddy told me, better get up. When you're talkin', keep your head up. Pay attention, every word and every letter. Loco - I'm going loco. Loco - don't want to go loco.

(Rapping) Run the streets at night, homeless, out of sight, fires shining bright. Can you see the light? Raise a fist to fight? Are we going to be all right? Never wanted to go loco, but I just might. Run and tell a friend this is not the end. Here we go again. Want to be a father, not a hooligan. Think I'm ready to begin? Got to hold it all together for these children.

(Singing) I got an old soul and a heart of gold. I'm going to give it how I get it till I get old. They got a chokehold. They won't let go. It's enough to drive you loco. Loco - I'm going loco. Loco - we going loco. Loco - feeling loco. Loco - I want to go loco.

(Rapping) I know that sometimes it be looking like a brick wall. They want to stop us from connecting, but it will fall. It's hard to keep it all together when you feel it all. But we going to make it feel like every day is new, y'all. My abuelita used to play for me, like, every day. I think of all the dreams she had when she moved to the Bay. She helped to raise a little soldier, but I went astray. I know that many people feel the way I do today. Think that's a great thing, but my people's on the front line. I celebrate them every time I write another rhyme. They create it better. We did it in this time. It's okay to be a little loco in the mind.

(Singing) I got an old soul and a heart of gold. I'm going to give how I get it till I get old. They got a chokehold. They won't let go. It's enough to drive me loco. You can't stop it. I'm getting fed up. When I fell, my daddy told me better get up. When you're talking, keep your head up. Pay attention every word and every letter. I got an old soul and a heart of gold. I'm going to give it how I get it till I get old. They got a chokehold. They won't let go. It's enough to drive me loco. Loco - I'm going loco. Loco - we going loco. Loco - feeling loco. Loco - I want to go.

CONTRERAS: OK. Now I want to introduce you to a band from Atlanta. They're called the Yukons. And it's a rock band that's more like punk. This track is called "Pa'Lante," and according to the note they sent me with their record, it's about having faith in one's roots and moving forward without looking back. Again, the Yukons with their track "Pa'Lante."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PA'LANTE")

YUKONS: (Singing) Tengo, tengo mi voz. Y no me, no me vas a callar. Y voy a palpitar en tu cabeza, voy a palpitar en tu cabeza, voy a palpitar en tu cabeza. Estoy concentrado, estoy enfocado. Y estoy agarrado a mis raíces, que son mis riendas a la carroza que lleva dentro, todo lo que hemos pasado. Tengo, tengo calor. Y nadie, nadie me va a enfriar. Y voy a palpitar en tu cabeza, voy a palpitar en tu cabeza. Estoy concentrado, estoy enfocado. Y estoy agarrado a mis raíces, que son mis riendas a la carroza que lleva dentro, todo lo que hemos pasado.

CONTRERAS: This is ALT.LATINO. I'm Felix Contreras, and we are listening to the last batch of new music for 2017. Again, a reminder - in December, we're going to look back at the entire year with some of our favorite music from some of our writers, from some of our editors and even some of you. If you have a favorite album, favorite artist that you want to let us know about, contact us via Facebook or Twitter. We are NPR's ALT.LATINO, and we're going to put it all together on a show in a couple of weeks. So keep listening for that.

Next up is the artist Boogát. He is from Canada. He's of mixed heritage, including Mexico, and he lived there to connect to his roots for a while. And his music is a crazy, cool mix of influences and vision and something that I really, really enjoy. This track is called "Tanto Tattoo," and it features the rapper Niña Dioz.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TANTO TATTOO")

BOOGÁT AND NIÑA DIOZ: (Rapping) Loco, loco, loco porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tatoo. Loco, loco, loco porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tatoo.

BOOGÁT: (Rapping) Loco, loco, loco porque tanto tattoo. ¿Adónde vas tú? Pintado como cuadro, como todo tu crew. Oliendo hindú, fumando bambú, moviendo sincopado como Maracatu. Lo tienes en la espalda, lo tienes en el pie. Lo tienes en el pecho como signo de tu fe. Lo tienes en el cuello, lo tienes en el pito. Lo tienes en la mano, te quedaste agarrado. Enganchado al dolor de la aguja, igual de adictivo que el cuerpito de la bruja. Qué bien dibuja el man que el metal empuja. Afila la navaja y trabaja.

BOOGÁT AND NIÑA DIOZ: (Rapping) Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo. Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo.

BOOGÁT: (Rapping) Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo. ¿Adónde vas tú? Cuerpito de diosita con diseño manchu. ¿Cuál es tu champú? Receta bantú, me duele tu belleza como pinche kung fu. Lo tienes en la pierna por donde me gusta, también en el brazo y tu madre se asusta. Lo tienes en la teta, chica sexy. Lo tienes en la nalga solo pa' tu papi. Chulo mi chula que no coagula y mueve la cabeza cuando el Boogát gesticula. Cadera ondula como formas de tu piel, con tinta sabe mejor la miel.

BOOGÁT AND NIÑA DIOZ: (Rapping) Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo. Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo.

NIÑA DIOZ: (Rapping) Loca, loca, loca porque... Probando ese menu cuando viajas por el mundo, expresando con tinta en la piel mi propio rumbo. Una huella infinita que grava en el presente, se clava en mi piel la aguja y se queda por siempre. Nunca es suficiente, siempre quiero más. Parezco mural, no me dejan de mirar en la calle, con sus miradas clavadas. Es cierto que las chicas más guapas están tatuadas. Se ve sexy con mi onda Mexican. Adicta al adrenalina del ink nos explican porque tanto tatoo, porque no soy como tú. Tengo mi propio estilo, siempre lo llevo conmigo.

BOOGÁT AND NIÑA DIOZ: (Singing) Loco, loco, loco porque tanto tattoo, tanto tatoo, tanto tattoo. Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo. Loco, loco, loco porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo. Loca, loca, loca porque tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo, tanto tattoo. Loco, loco, loco porque.

CONTRERAS: That was Boogát and the track "Tanto Tattoo." You get the idea - tattoo, lots of tattoos. OK. And now we're going to slow it down for the next two tracks. This first one is by an artist by the name of Leti Garza. She's an Austin-based vocalist. She's got a great new record out called "El Unico Para Mi." It's a very traditional sound - lots of mambos, cha-cha-chas, horns, percussion. But I think she really shines on boleros, which are really hard to do. Check this one out. This is called "Frio En La Alma." This is Leti Garza.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FRIO EN LA ALMA")

LETI GARZA: (Singing) Acaso fue castigo de Dios que te fueras así para nunca volver. Frío en el alma desde que tú te fuiste, sombras y angustias sobre mi corazón. Que loco empeño de revivir las cosas de un pasado ya muerto del fantasma de ayer. Frío en el alma porque no estás conmigo, pena que llevo como una maldición. Le he pedido a la Virgen que tú vuelvas porque si tú no vuelves me matará el dolor. Frío en el alma porque no estás conmigo, pena que llevo como una maldición. Le he pedido a la Virgen que tú vuelvas porque si tú no vuelves me matará el dolor.

CONTRERAS: And now we're going to keep it mellow and keep it traditional. Next up is one of those artists who captured me from the very first note. Diana Gameros is from the Bay Area, and she's got a great new record exploring traditional ranchera songs. It's called "Arrullo" and this is "Rayando El Sol." Diana Gameros.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RAYANDO EL SOL")

DIANA GAMEROS: (Singing) Rayando el sol, me despedí bajo la brisa, y allí me acordé de ti llegando al puente. Del puente me devolví. Bañada en lágrimas, las que derramé por ti. Qué chulos ojos, los que tiene esa mujer. Bonitos modos, los que tiene pa' querer que por ahí dicen que a mí me robó el placer. Ay, qué esperanzas que la deje de querer. A la rorro, chiquito, a la rorro, chiquito. Duérmete, niño chiquito. Duérmete, niño chiquito. A la rorro, chiquito, a la rorro, chiquito. Duérmete, mi Manuelito. Duérmete, mi Manuelito. Te amo, corazón. A ver cual te gustas de todas pa' que te duermas tranquila y bonita.

CONTRERAS: You are listening to ALT.LATINO. We are doing our final new music show of 2017. We're looking forward to 2018 and whatever musical surprises it brings. Again, a reminder - for the first three weeks of December, we're going to do the best of 2017 from our editors, another week from our writers, and then another week from you, our listeners. We want to hear what some of your favorite tracks were. You can reach us at Facebook and Twitter. We are NPR's ALT.LATINO. And don't forget that you can hear all the songs we played today on our website at npr.org/altlatino.

And we're going to end the show with a track sent in to me by the Puerto Rican band, Buscabulla. And this is a track called "Cantares." It's a gran combo, el gran combo de Puerto Rico. It's a Christmas classic. And they did a really wonderful, fantastic electronic version of it, but still contains the essence of the original, which I really, really love. And I want to point out that the proceeds of the sale of this song online will go to an organization called Prima, which is helping musicians in Puerto Rico rebuild their music, rebuild their lives and rebuild the music scene in Puerto Rico.

Again, this is Buscabulla. "Cantares" is the name of the track. You've been listening to ALT.LATINO. I'm Felix Contreras. Thank you for listening.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CANTARES")

BUSCABULLA: (Singing) El año pasado no pude venir. Por eso este año 'toy temprano aquí para desearle mis felicidades, para desearle mis felicidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Ábrame la puerta, que yo quiero entrar para saludarlos a todos igual, celebren juntos estas navidades, celebren juntos estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades.

No se hagan los sordos y acaben de abrir. Ustedes bien saben que estamos aquí. Esos cantares no van a dormir. Esos cantares no van a dormir. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades. Aquí les traigo los cantares, amigos y familiares en estas navidades.

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