Latin Roots is a bi-weekly series on the World Cafe program, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. In this new series, David Dye explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people. From the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton, we'll hear it all.
The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program, and will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, David Dye and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music.
Chris Taylor's name should sound familiar. Taylor was the bassist, producer and co-vocalist of Grizzly Bear on "Yellow House" and "Veckatimest," he runs his own record label, Terrible Records, and is currently touring his solo project, CANT.
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.
The music of California based Girls is so revered, their new album is being called "the blessed trinity." Their new album's actual title "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" has a lot to do with the nickname, but critics seem to unanimously agree that Girls can do no wrong.
Nils Lofgren has built himself a stellar reputation over the years as a sessionist, playing with Neil Young and as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He's also built up quite the solo career