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The Latin Roots Live! concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on World Cafe® hosted by David Dye, which explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people, from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with Afrotaino and Raices Culturales and made possible by the William Penn Foundation

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Latin Roots Live XPN Welcomes the Mural Arts Open Source Block Party.
Join us for a neighborhood celebration with artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez, which explores the intersection of the Latino and African American communities in North Philadelphia.
Music by M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and DJ Rahsaan. Also enjoy treats from local shops, dance lessons, interactive art and more!

Latin Roots #37 - Classic Flamenco And How The Spanish Style Has Evolved - June 27, 2013

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We welcome back Judy Cantor-Navas, Managing Editor of Billboard En Espanol for this Latin Roots segment on flamenco. Much about the origins of this music is contested. Yes, it is now strongly associated with Spain but some say its beginnings actually stretch back to India. It is also strongly associated with the Spanish city of Sevilla but Judy tells us that is also contested.

What is not at all in question is that this is a style of music that is dominated by strong performers. In this session we hear a classic flamenco performance from Cameron de la Isla who 20 years ago revitalized the genre and today is still called the greatest flamenco singer that ever lived. Judy calls him the "Bob Marley" of Flamenco!

So much experimentation has gone on in the genre that today people don't so much refer to "pure flamenco" as much as "lo mas flamenco," the most flamenco. Judy plays us a modern example from Estrella Morrente who brings a rock element into the style.

  • Listen to the Show:
  • Show Tracks:
    • Camarón de la Isla w/ Paco de Lucía
    • "Como el Aqua"
    • "Como el Aqua"
    • Estrella Morente
    • "Como La Corriente"
    • "Autorretrato"
  • Listen to the Playlist:
    Judy Cantor Navas' Rdio PLAYLIST

Latin Roots is made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

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