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Latin Roots Live
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

Latin Roots: Nueva Trova from Cuba Transcends It’s State-Supported Origins April 10, 2014 - Producer Aaron Levinson is back with a new Latin Roots segment on Nueva Trova, a style of music that started in Castro's Cuba in the 1960's but continues today. It started as a political music celebrating the ideals of the revolution but the music lives on, not just in Cuba but abroad.
Latin Roots –Rachael Faro on Uruguay’s Candombe On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, music producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Faro discusses an Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music called Candombe. Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay experienced the same influx of African slaves as Brazil, which resulted in a similar but often overlooked musical impact. Played on sets of three drums, Candombe is highly rhythmic; it's been…
Fortunately there was a great choice for our Sense of Place: Austin Latin Roots segment. It is Grupo Fantasma a 9 piece Latin band that formed in 2000.
Our very popular Latin Roots series continues today as producer Aaron Levinson joins us to talk about what he says is often referred to as "Puerto Rican Hillbilly Music." It's called jibaro and it is music that originated in the Puerto Rican countryside. Although the island is getting more and more urbanized, Aaron says jibaro still has its proponents. We will hear a couple of songs.
Josh begins by talking about how the first South American rock bands of the 50s and 60s were all cover bands, often singing in English. The covers that come out now are more Latinized and musically interesting in his opinion. The first song he plays is his favorite cover from last year by a Mexican band called Los Master Plus. They first broke out with a cumbia version of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire",…
Josh Norek talks about bilingual Latin rock tracks. Starting off, Josh plays the Santana track "No One To Depend On" and discusses its call and response nature, both musically and lyrically. Moving into the present, Josh spotlights the American pop punk band Los Abandoned.
It's time once again for Latin Roots, our ongoing series highlighting different genres of Latin music. Today Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago Public Radio's Beat Latino joins us to discuss Judeo-Iberian music or Ladino. This music goes back over 500 years and represents a dying tradition and a dying language. As Catalina tells us in many way it's the music that is keeping the language alive, often in the form of lullabies.
For our first Latin Roots of the new year Catalina Maris Johnson, the host of Latin Beat in Chicago, is back to explore Latin Psychedelia. Or, as she indicates it is sometimes less colorfully called, neo-tropical, jungle cumbia. The music comes from Peru and elsewhere in South America and you may be surprised to hear she has some examples from back-in-the-day to go with some more contemporary ones. A trippy segment! Check out her Spotify…
A Puerto Rican Christmas At Home And In New York December 25, 2013 - Artist, record producer and consultant Rachel Faro joins us on Latin Roots today to talk about Christmas in Puerto Rico and in the Puerto Rican communities in New York. She jokingly says that Christmas in Puerto Rico is 25% of the year with much partying and caroling. She’ll play us a Willie Colon classic that brings traditional music from the island…
Judy Cantor-Navas On Cuban Musical Christmas Traditions December 24, 2013 - It’s the first of two special Latin Roots Christmas segments this year today with Judy Cantor-Navas, an editor with Billboard Magazine with an extensive knowledge of Latin music. She’ll talk about the distinction between Christmas music before and after the Cuban Revolution taking into account the political changes. She has also provided us with a Spotify playlist to continue the celebration. Latin Roots is…
A special Latin Roots today with La Santa Cecilia in concert as part of our Latin Roots Live series. This set with the popular Los Angeles based Mexican-American band was recorded at World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia. December 12, 2013 - The band, named after the patron saint of musicians, started playing on the streets in LA and released their self-titled debut EP in 2009.
Latin Roots Judy Cantor-Navas Whets Your Thanksgiving Appetite With Songs About Food For The Holiday November 28, 2013 - This is a special Latin Roots for Thanksgiving today with Judy Cantor-Navas, editor at Billboard Magazine, playing some of her favorite tropical songs about food.
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