Fans of Latin alternative music from greater Philadelphia and beyond are expected to attend the all-ages Nuevofest, which presents Latin alternative artists with far-reaching musical roots. Now in its fourth year, Nuevofest is part of the WXPN Latin Roots Live! series of free concerts featuring live performances inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on NPR’s World Cafe radio program. Latin Roots explores and exposes to American audiences the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Latin Roots Live! is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.
Nuevofest will feature performances by these seven artists, who represent the Latin alternative genre’s variety and diversity:
Already popular as a vocalist with Puerto Rico’s world-renowned alternative/hip-hop/rock group Calle 13, iLe is quickly gaining wider notice for her brand new album iLevitable, which NPR recently described as “a meticulously crafted album of boleros and mid-tempo, folk-inspired songs that showcase her gorgeously old-school singing” that “establishes her immediately as a first-class interpreter of the classic sounds that flow through Latin America.” www.ilevitable.com
This five-piece fronterizo (border) band from Chihuahua, Mexico uniquely melds traditional Mexican folklore, bossa nova, indiepop, danzon and more to musically represent, communicate, and connect the border areas of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. https://www.facebook.com/thechamanas
CARTAS A FELICE
Cartas a Felice describes their music as “a nostalgic carousel between folk, blues and swing.” The young five-member band from El Salvador also exhibits a touch of rockabilly, as heard on their two albums, Mango Swing and Parque Infantil, and have referenced film director Quentin Tarantino as an influence on their music. http://cartasafelice.com
With a name that reinforces its mission to make you forget your worries and dance, QUITAPENAS (“to remove worries”) emerged in 2011 from California’s Inland Empire to deliver tropical, Afro-Latino, polyrhythmic funk that spans eras and continents - Mexico, Angola, Colombia, Guatemala — with the eyes and ears of musicologists. http://quitapenasmusic.com
Already a star who’s opened for Beyoncé and sold out arenas in her native Puerto Rico, “cosmic” Latin soul singer Calma Carmona has electrified audiences across the globe with her tropical grooves, sultry vocals and magnetic aura. Raves for her 2015 EP Presentiment from Vibe, NPR’S Alt.Latino, and many more have set the stage for her upcoming new album and an East Coast spring and summer tour that includes the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem as well as Nuevofest. http://www.calmacarmona.com
Peru-born, Philly-based DJ Precolumbian and musical partner Dame Luz have been busy building a fanbase for their “fuego urbano” mixes, featuring elements of reggaeton, Latin trap, dembow, dancehall and more. They are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor, which is Gasolina’s tool for community building, transcending borders and labels, escaping oppression, and creating safe places for all. https://www.facebook.com/precolumbiana
Explosive, punk-inspired Spanish rock trio Sexy Zebras recently played the Rock in Rio Festival and will play Chicago’s Ruidofest this summer, evidence of their near-world domination. Often described as “unapologetic,” “honest” and “wild,” the band has dominated their native Spain since forming in 2005, and were nominated for Best Spanish Artist in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards. They’ve also garnered representation or endorsements from Live Nation Spain, Nike and Kia Motors. Raw and fearless, their high energy will be on full display at Nuevofest. http://www.sexyzebras.com
Advance RSVPs, required to attend Nuevofest, can be made at www.latinroots.org, where more about the free Latin Roots Live! concert series can be explored. FringeArts is located at 140 N. Columbus Boulevard (at Race Street) in Philadelphia, PA 19106. Follow Nuevofest and Latin Roots Live! on social media by using #Nuevofest2016 and/or #LatinRootsLive.
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