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Latin Roots

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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

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Latin Roots #1: Salsa, With a Twist-January 12, 2012

Latin music expert, Aaron Luis Levinson sits down with David Dye and shares his take on the music, beat and culture of Salsa. Levinson, a member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is a Grammy-winning producer, musician, composer and owner of Range Recording Studios in Ardmore, PA. You'll hear music from Bio Ritmo and Cortijo on today's segment.

Latin Roots will feature other expert guests including Felix Contreras, a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk and the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's new web-based program about Latin alternative music. Tom Moon will also serve as a guest contributor. Moon is a Music Reviewer for NPR and has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and music across the globe for more than 25 years.

For more World Cafe Latin music moments, and to listen to this session, visit our page at WorldCafe.NPR.org. There you will find links to interviews and performances with artists like Juana Molina, Ximena Sarinana, Ana Tijoux and Puerto Plata, as well as a Spotify playlist inspired by each segment currated by the guest.

  • Show Tracks:
    • Cortijo, "Carnaval" (La Maquina del Tiempo)
    • Bio Ritmo, "Carnaval" (La Verdad)
  • Listen to the Playlist:


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