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I think that’s kind of a Mexican thing. No? That we like to cry, as Alma Guillermo Prieto that journalist has said. You know? I think we’re always holding in tears. We’re trying to be the stoic Mexicans, but you know at the end of the party, as she has said, Mexicans always end up crying…Well maybe it’s all the way down to the Patagonia because I think it has to do with the conquest. I really do. And kind of, a grief that’s there and a sadness. Porque estamos bien amulados. You know? And we don’t want to admit it until we’ve had a little tequila, a little bit of Chavela Vargas, a little bit of Agustin Lara, that give us permission to cry.
—  Sandra Cisnero as she Guest DJ’s in NPR's AltLatino radio show
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Music Monday: “La Negra” por La Santa Cecilia

I am a certified fan girl of NPR’s Radio Show, Alt Latino. Alt Latino is a weekly program dedicated to new Latin Alternative music and issues. Last Tuesday, I was listening to and I found this La Santa Cecilia. According to the lead singer, La Santa Cecilia, is the patron Saint of Music.

As soon as he eschuado las letras, me encante!

“cuando la negra te invita a bailar

no le digas no…”

Happy Monday mis amors!

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From the Alt.Latino podcast, really feeling this fierce cut by Chilean singer/guitartist Camila Moreno. The fuzz on that guitar, y'all. –Lars

Highlights from the Latin Alternative Music Conference

By: Nuria Net

The best thing about attending the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is that you’re bound to be surprised by the abundance of new talent. For the past 12 years, the LAMC has brought together the best independent artists from Latin America and Spain and their fans for a packed 4-day marathon of concerts, showcases, panels, networking and lots of parties and after-parties. 

This year was no different, with more than 1,000 attendees from all over the globe descending upon New York City to see bands as varied as Hello Seahorse! (Mexico), Francisca Valenzuela (Chile), and No Te Va Gustar (Uruguay). The notion of “Latin alternative” keeps expanding. Nowadays, it means any genre played by Latinos that is non-commercial (rock, electronic, reggae, hip hop), regardless of language or style.

There were too many great performers at this year’s LAMC to name them all, but here are 5 who especially stood out.

Rita Indiana

She’s a novelist, a screenwriter, and plays a stylized take on mambo (street merengue) with punk and reggae. This Dominican artist is quickly becoming an ídola for her clever lyrics, her fierce attitude and originality.

La Vida Boheme

One of the most talked-about acts at this year’s LAMC. The Venezuelan band have a very curated look and style (they dress in white and splatter multi-colored paint all over themselves) and are social media masters who have a dedicated following.

Cuarto Poder

A lot of promising talent coming out of Venezuela! This hip-hop group wowed the audience at a showcase at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, July 7 with their tight flow and socially-conscious lyrics they call “criollo rap." 

Gaby Moreno

Remember her name; you’ll be hearing a lot from this tiny singer-songwriter with an amazing voice. Originally from Guatemala, Gaby surprised many at this year’s LAMC. Random fact: she co-wrote the theme song for the Parks and Recreation TV show. 

ChocQuibTown

Their filled-to-capacity headlining concert at Central Park’s SummerStage on Saturday, July 9th, consolidated the Colombian trio as one of the few truly breakthrough Latin American acts of the past couple of years. The hip hop group from the Pacific region of Chocó incorporate traditional rhythms and sing of being proud of their Afro-Colombian heritage coupled with energetic, danceable beats and positive vibes. 

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Mexican Institute of Sound - Mexico

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6 New Latin Songs To Make You Move
  • 6 New Latin Songs To Make You Move
  • NPR's Alt.Latino
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On this week's Alt.Latino: Venezuela rock, South American disco and the sounds of the Mexican Caribbean reinterpreted Los Angeles-style.

La Espina del Cardenche
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This song is fantastic. It was created by the DJ Algodón Egipcio for Norte Sonoro, a multimedia project/music festival that explores the music of Northern Mexico. The visiting artists are provided with tracks recorded by local artists in the traditional genres of the region, which they use to create their own original tracks.

The vocals on this track are from a traditional canto cardenche song called “Yo ya me voy a morir a los desiertos” - in English, “I am going to go to the desert to die”, recorded by Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz.

Here’s what the artist has to say about the track:

“Before I even started working on my piece, I knew I didn´t want to focus on just one of the musical styles that we were working with. So I started to take several elements: bajo sexto, the ‘caja’ from the cumbia, redova accordion, the percussions from the ‘cumbión’ and the accordion from the chotis piece. And of course, the chorus from the Cardenche piece ‘Yo ya me voy a morir a los desiertos’. I tweaked everything slightly, cut and pasted carefully, paid attention to the song´s dynamics, and included some signature Algodón Egipcio sounds to develop a song that almost sounds pop, and that has an interesting progression that I love.


 Thanks to the amazing NPR Podcast Alt Latino for introducing me this song!

Breakout Band Elastic Bond Pushes “Latin Alternative” Out of Its Box

The video for “Find a Way,” the breakout single by Miami act Elastic Bond, comes off as chilled-out and down-to-earth as the band itself. Released last July, the short film follows the Nacional Records act through a day at the Miami edition of the Grassroots Festival this past February.

For a cool 3:45, we see the band (helmed by vocalist Sofy Encanto and producer/programmer Andres Ponce) set up a tent like the regular punters, eat fest food, and then play a set for hula hoopers.

But while the video is cucumber cool, the cultural ascent of the actual song is quite the opposite. “Find a Way” is enjoying a hot streak. Its blend of soul, hip-hop beats, jazzy guitar licks (from axe man Buffalo Brown), and tropical lounge flair (from trumpet player David Burgos) makes the song a true urban sophisticate’s jam. So it’s no surprise that you can hear “Find a Way” piping through the speakers at Whole Foods stores nationwide or coming across the airwaves on NPR.

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Photo courtesy of Elastic Bond

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