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  • Alt.Latino's best new music round-up: Omar Apollo, Karol G and Papo Vazquez

    Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre round up their favorite new tracks, including heartbroken music from Omar Apollo, a mix of jazz and Afro-Puerto Rican sounds from Papo Vazquez and a controversial new merengue electrónico track from Karol G.<br><br>Songs featured in this episode:<br><br>•Omar Apollo, "Empty"<br>•Los Cenzontles, "Different Drum"<br>•Mabe Fratti, "Oidos" and "Intento fallido"<br>•Karol G, "Si Antes Te Hubiera Conocido"<br>•Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Hamilton de Holanda, "Mandalagh"<br>•Papo Vazquez and Mighty Pirates Troubadours, "Plena Pa'Los Apache"<br><br>Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.

  • Super-producer Edgar Barrera on turning old-school genres into pop hits

    Even if you don't know Edgar Barrera's name, you know his work. The multiple Grammy-winning writer and producer has worked with dozens of the biggest names in Latin music — Bad Bunny, Maluma, Karol G, Camilo — the list goes on. But he's also one of the main forces pushing regional Mexican into the mainstream over the past few years, and turning Pan-Latin sounds into pop perfection.<br><br>This week on Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre visit Barrera in his studio, as he breaks down how he makes a hit song.<br><br>Songs featured in this episode:<br>•Toy Selectah, "Hay Guey"<br>•El Cuarteto de Nos, "Enamorado tuyo"<br>•Grupo Frontera, Nicki Nicole, "Desquite"<br>•Manuel Turizo and Marshmello, "El Merengue"<br>•Carin León and Maluma, "Según Quién"

  • Alt.Latino's favorite music of 2024 (so far)

    To mark the halfway point of 2024, Felix Contreras, Anamaria Sayre and NPR Culture Desk producer Isabella Gomez Sarmiento run down their favorite releases of the year so far, from a career-defining release from Nathy Peluso, a leveling up from Argentine rapper Trueno, introspective jazz from Melissa Aldana and so much more.<br>Songs featured in this episode:<br><br>•Trueno, "Tranky Funky"<br>•Kali Uchis, "Dame Beso //Muévete"<br>•Lau Noah ft. Gaby Moreno, "Aunque Suene Bonito"<br>•Carlos Ares, "Amigo"<br>•Angelica Garcia, "Gemini"<br>•Melissa Aldana, "I Know You Know"<br>•Nathy Peluso, "Legendario"<br>•Reyna Tropical, "Cartagena"<br>•Daymé Arocena (feat. Vicente García), "A Fuego Lento"<br>•Akapellah (feat. Al2 El Aldeano, Faker), "Ni Con Money"<br>•The Marias, "Run Your Mouth"<br>•Grupo Frontera, "Me Hizo Un Favor"<br>•Alvaro Diaz, Feid, "Gatitas Sandungueras Vol. 1"<br><br>Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.

  • The National Recording Registry's best Spanish language songs (and what it's missing)

    The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry is more than just a collection of music and sound — it's a reflection of who we are as a country. In April, two new Spanish language songs were added to the registry: Juan Gabriel's "Amor Eterno" and Héctor Lavoe's "El Cantante."<br><br>This week on Alt.Latino, Felix and Ana take the opportunity to dive into the Spanish language songs that have made it into the historic collection, as well as share their dream picks for what should be chosen next.<br><br>Songs featured in this episode:<br><br>•Héctor Lavoe, "El Cantante"<br>•Juan Gabriel, "Amor Eterno (En Vivo [En el Palacio de Bellas Artes])"<br>•Buena Vista Social Club, "Chan Chan"<br>•Buena Vista Social Club, "Orgullecida"<br>•Buena Vista Social Club, "El Carretero"<br>•Santana, "Oye Como Va"<br>•Lydia Mendoza, "Mal Hombre (Cold-Hearted Man)"<br>•Dizzy Gillespie feat. Chano Pozo, "Manteca"<br>•Ivy Queen, "Quiero Bailar"<br>•Jose Feliciano, "El Reloj"<br>•<br>Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Joaquin Cotler, with editorial support from Hazel Cills. Our project manager is Grace Chung. NPR Music's executive producer is Suraya Mohamed. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.

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