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Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America : Alt.Latino : NPR
"Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo. In Latin America, no musical style has been as widespread, unifying and, I would argue, misunderstood as cumbia.

Gustavo Cordera, of the Argentine rock group La Bersuit Vergarabat, once said in an interview: "Latin rock feels jealous of cumbia music." He was on to something: Cumbia is the musical backbone of the continent. The first time I really listened to cumbia, as a teenager, it was like running my own fingers down the backbone of my identity. These vertebrae, aligned in a 2/4 beat, had always been there; they were hard and unmovable. Cumbia. And something else I wouldn't be able to define until I left my country: Latinidad. Latin-ness.

I asked co-host Felix Contreras when he fell in love with cumbia; whether he rejected it and came back to it. He said it was always part of him, through his parents. At every party and gathering, it was there, blaring, sometimes in the background, sometimes enjoyed in song and dance. Felix and I are very different — we are far apart in origin and culture and generation — but our musical backbone is the same."
music  latinamerica  npr  2013  history  cumbia  mexico  argentina  eastla  losangeles  colombia  perú  bolivia 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time : NPR
"Albert Einstein once said that "the distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." This is certainly true for this week's show, which features new songs from across the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. The music harks back to past decades and trends, while addressing themes that are relevant today.

Chilean pop prince Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" (How Can You Live With Yourself) pays homage to the 1990 film Paris Is Burning, but is also an instant gay pride anthem for a country that recently was the site of homophobic violence. And as tongue-in-cheek as "Putos Señora" by Spanish punk rockers SraSraSra is, with its video ode to Spanish '70s cinema, it has a sense of goofy rebellion that would have played just as well back when The Ramones reigned supreme (though in my heart they will always rule)."
music  tolisten  chile  venezuela  mariachielbronx  jbogie'sdubtronicscience  curumin  brasil  srasrasra  españa  pegasvs  alexanwandter  2012  brazil  spain 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Guest DJ: Ana Tijoux Talks Hip-Hop, Chilean Politics And Being Married To Jazz : NPR
"Duke Ellington once said, "by and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with." It's temperamental, it's moody, it wants trouble and yet it's completely irresistible. And if Ellington was right, then Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is a lost cause. "It's not that I love jazz," she says, "it's that I'm married to it."

In this week's Guest DJ session, Tijoux swings by and spends a good amount of time talking about her love of jazz, from Ellington to Miles Davis, and young Armenian performer Tigram Hamasyan, whom she has a huge musical crush on. It's easy to see how her own style is influenced by jazz: Tijoux is one of the most exciting lyricists of this generation of Latin musicians, let alone Spanish-speaking rappers. She is able take the Spanish language, ignore its many rules detailing emphasis and pronounciation, melt it like plastic, and reformulate it into whatever rhythm and free association her heart desires.…"
dukeellington  chile  music  tigranhamasyan  dotherightthing  suprementm  tolisten  trust  rubenblades  2012  anatijoux 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Guest DJ: Camilo Lara From Mexican Institute Of Sound : NPR
"Camilo Lara is one of those musicians crafting a new sound for his country. His Mexican Institute of Sound recordings are clearly of this new millennium, but he also captures traces of everything from early-20th-century corridos to techno.

To understand the ideas behind this cultural mashup, we invited Lara in for a Guest DJ session, and his playlist was impressive: British electro-pop, old-school cumbia and even the out-of-this-world arrangements of producer and bandleader Juan Garcia Esquivel all reside in the sonic library that is his inspiration.

So sit back and listen in as Lara talks about his music, his influences and his Mexico."
tolisten  españa  mali  petertosh  pagasvs  suburbanlawns  smod  boladenieve  mexico  2012  institutomexicandodelsonido  mexicaninstituteofsound  camilolara  music  spain 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Dancing On The Border: New Songs From Brazil, Peru, Mexico and More : NPR
"One thing I love about Alt.Latino is the creative license we have to play records representing every corner of the Latin world, from as many different genres and eras as we please. No one has said, "You must only play tropical songs!" "Nothing but rock 'n' roll!" Which is great, because those are unreasonable boxes in which to place a music show, especially when it comes to something as eclectic as Latin music and culture.

This week's show is an excellent example of how great it is to have so much leg room. We dust off amazing Brazilian rock 'n' roll records, discover avant-garde Mexican melancholy music, spin great Colombian remixes and pay tribute to one of my favorite rappers, Italy's Jovanotti.

In other words, we've got a lot of great tunes for you this week, so take a seat, loosen your belt and prepare for a delicious seven-course musical feast."
tolisten  venezuela  perú  uliseshadjis  djmalagon  tropicália  bareto  timmaia  jovanotti  italy  colombia  mexico  brasil  music  2012  brazil 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Es Un Monstruo Grande Y Pisa Fuerte: 12 Latin American Protest Songs : NPR
"Esta semana en Alt.Latino les presentamos a varios artistas que denuncian la injusticia social. Es un show dedicado al arte de la canción contestataria. Tenemos íconos como Mercedes Sosa de Argentina, Chico Buarque de Brasil, Violeta Parra de Chile, y Ruben Blades de Panamá. Y también enfocamos en los trabajos de artistas mucho más jóvenes, que continúan la tradición: la cantautora mexicana Ceci Bastida, el dúo boricua Calle 13, y el rapero peruano Immortal Technique. Cantan sobre temas tan variados como el horror de la guerra, la necesidad de un sistema de educación más justo, la violencia en México, y el estatus político de Puerto Rico."
mercedessosa  argentina  perú  panamá  calle13  puertorico  chicobuarque  brasil  spain  españa  mexico  chile  violetaparra  deportee  manuchao  songs  protest  latinamerica  music  brazil 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Colombia Diaries: Watch Bomba Estereo Perform 'Respirar' : Alt.Latino: The Blog : NPR
"In November 2010, Alt.Latino and PBS's Music Voyager went on an adventure throughout Colombia. We traveled from city to city, town to town, interviewing musicians. Throughout the next two weeks we'll be sharing those experiences with you on this blog. You can also see interviews and extended footage of performances on Music Voyager."
music  musicvoyager  colombia  bombaestéreo 
march 2011 by robertogreco

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