PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 7, 2016): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM announced today that registration is open for the next free, all-ages Latin Roots Live! concert featuring GEPE and DENDÊ & BAND on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. To RSVP for free admission, visit http://www.latinroots.org/category/events/
For the second consecutive year, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! free concert series, produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation, brings today’s most exciting Latin musicians to Philadelphia audiences. WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay said, “WXPN is committed to building audiences for new and diverse music, and to reach a wider audience with artists that deserve to be heard and experienced in Philadelphia and beyond.”
The free concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly segment heard on World Cafe®, NPR’s syndicated popular music program produced by WXPN. Latin Roots explores and exposes to American audiences the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.
Gepe is a Chilean singer-songwriter who melds 1960s and 1970s Chilean folk and minimalist electropop into his music. Born Daniel Riveros, Gepe has produced five solo albums, including his most recent 2015 release Estilo Libre. With influences ranging from Chilean artists Victor Jara to Devendra Banhart, Gepe has cultivated a unique, indie-folk sound infused with his own Chilean roots. His popularity has allowed him to play major shows at Viña Del Mar festival in Chile and Vive Latino festival in Mexico City.
A professional musician from the age of 14, Philadelphia-based Dende is a singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and more. Since 2002, he has traveled between the United States and Bahia, Brazil to cultivate a solo career in music. Along with his band, Dendê has combined traditions including Afro-Brazilian samba de roda with afrobeat, merengue and funk to develop an infectious, danceable sound. Dendê & Band have recorded two full-length albums together, the most recent being 2013’s Back to Bahia.
The Latin Roots Live! concert on Wednesday, April 27 will take place at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA 19104. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. To RSVP for free admission, click here.
About Latin Roots on World CafeⓇ
Latin Roots on World Cafe, hosted by David Dye, explores the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-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 Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Hackettstown, NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
About AfroTaino Productions
AfroTaino Productions focuses on arts & culture programming, event production, multicultural audience development, marketing strategies, and entertainment solutions.