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The Latin Roots Live! concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on World Cafe® hosted by David Dye, which explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-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 and Raices Culturales and made possible by the William Penn Foundation

Latin Roots Live!

Latin Roots Live XPN Welcomes the Mural Arts Open Source Block Party.
Join us for a neighborhood celebration with artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez, which explores the intersection of the Latino and African American communities in North Philadelphia.
Music by CALMA CARMONA, DENDE & BAND, and DJ Rahsaan. Also enjoy treats from local shops, dance lessons, interactive art and more!

Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012

Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012 Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012
Todd Wolfson

San Antonio native Alejandro Escovedo is the co-host of this sixteenth installment of Latin Roots, here to discuss the Latin character of his hometown's music in the 1950's. Escovedo's music has a strong Latin influence as a result of growing up in San Antoinio and listening to his parent's music. His Dad played mariachi, and his parents also to rancheras, country, and big band music - which all seeped into what he does today.

Rancheras are Mexican country-western, cowboy music that is sung on the ranches. The singers dress in big hats, are always on horses, and ride in Mexican rodeos - it's all about the Mexican male and the ability to sing loudly. The songs are beautiful with a lot of harmonies. "Solamenta Una Vez" was his dad's absolute favorite and almost every Chicano family in the Southwest had the record. Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos were very popular at the time. On his new album, "Big Station," Alejandro covers "Sabor A Mi," a favorite song that his Dad used to his Mom when times were good.

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  • Show Tracks:
    • Trio Los Panchos
    • "Solamente Una Vez"
    • Grandes Exitos
    • Alejandro Escovedo
    • "Sabor A Mi"
    • Big Station
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