The global Latinx community is evolving and growing fast. Alt.Latino is here to celebrate it and all of its nuances through music. Each episode, NPR Music's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with a different living legend or rising star to discuss Latinx culture, heritage, and the shared borders of our experiences. Let the chisme begin!

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Our Editor's Take

Alt.Latino is a podcast that explores Latin American music. It allows listeners to discover music from diverse regions of the Latinx world. The podcast is passionate about spotlighting the Latino arts, and often does so with live performances.

Host Felix Contreras leads listeners through a musical journey each week. The show focuses on different types of Latin alternative music. Everything from cumbia to Cuban music appears on this podcast.

He has been hosting Alt.Latino since 2010, but has been working for NPR in various capacities since 2001. He is one of the most respected Latin music journalists working today.

Contreras's co-host on Alt.Latino is Anamaria Artemisa Sayre. She has produced a number of Tiny Desk concerts for Latin artists at NPR. She has also worked as a contributing journalist on Weekend Edition and All Songs Considered.

NPR's Alt.Latino continues the legacy of public radio that it is so well known for. For decades, the organization has continued to showcase stories and artists. Many of these come from underserved communities. As a result, they continue to champion diversity in all of their programming.

Alt.Latino plays familiar music, such as Santana, as well as less well-known pieces. These can include things such as Mexican and Cuban folk music. The show has a stated goal of trying to platform artists who might otherwise not get attention.

This new and revitalized version of Alt.Latino sees the show in premiere form. The two hosts have an excellent interplay with one another. There is an age gap between the two, which also leads to some exciting contrasts on-air.

New episodes of Alt.Latino air weekly on Wednesdays.

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Regional Goes Global, Part 1: Finding Peso Pluma's music revolution in Nashville
Nov 15 2023
Regional Goes Global, Part 1: Finding Peso Pluma's music revolution in Nashville
Earlier this year, Peso Pluma — a 24-year-old who grew up in between Guadalajara, Jalisco, and San Antonio — became the first regional Mexican artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. Something in the music industry was changing. Streaming numbers for regional Mexican shot up astronomically, as the musical stylings of banda and norteño made their way onto the Coachella main stage and burgeoning stars like Peso Pluma began to book their first U.S. tours in major markets. But what accounted for regional Mexican's rise? And what does the genre's continued popularity say about not just changing trends in the Latin music industry, but the changing shape of America? For the next three episodes of Alt.Latino, Anamaria Sayre and Felix Contreras dive into the regional Mexican explosion, revealing the complex relationships both Mexicans and Mexican Americans have with identity from either side of the border. In this first episode, Felix and Anamaria travel to Nashville, Tenn., to witness Peso Pluma's performance and to try to understand the root of the phenomenon, through their own personal experiences and the people they meet along the way.Audio for this episode of Alt.Latino was edited and mixed by Janice Llamoca and Joaquin Cotler, with production support from Shelby Hawkins, Suraya Mohamed, Natalia Fidelholtz and Lauren Migaki. The editor for this episode is Jacob Ganz and our project manager is Grace Chung. Our VP of Music and Visuals is Keith Jenkins.Learn more about sponsor message choices: Privacy Policy