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The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, today starts a film series starring actors who "usually play nice guys but who are cast in these movies as despicable human beings." In A Face In The Crowd, Andy Griffith's film debut, the man America loved as TV's small town sheriff Andy Taylor on Mayberry R.F.D. plays Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, a small town drunk, drifter and country musician who rises to fame and influence on national television.

This episode of Latin Roots features Felix Contreras, co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's online music program about Latin Alternative music. Also a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk, Contreras specializes in jazz, world music and Latino arts and culture. A part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion in several Latin and jazz bands, Contreras is uniquely qualified to discuss Latin Alternative music. In this episode, he speaks about boogaloo, how it developed and how it impacts Latin music today.

On this seventh segment of the Latin Roots Music Series, Josh Norek is back. The co-host and executive producer of The Latin Alternative - a one hour radio show of Latin funk, hip-hop, and electronica - (http://www.facebook.com/TheLatinAlternative) is in the studio to lay down some Latin funk beats and describe the origins of this genre. Norek is also a musician, producer, and journalist who currently works for the Latin indie label Nacional Records as VP of Business Affairs & Digital Relations.

On this sixth segment of the Latin Roots music series, the co-host and executive producer of The Latin Alternative - a one hour radio show of Latin funk, hip-hop, and electronica - is in the studio to introduce Latin hip hop. Josh Norek is also a musician, producer, and journalist who currently works for the Latin indie label Nacional Records as VP of Business Affairs & Digital Relations.

Tom Moon looks at tumbao - what the pianst does, and muntuno - the beat that the other musicians play. Montuno is a kind of syncopated piano vamp often used in traditional Cuban music. A 'vamp' is a repetitive musical accompaniment or phrase, often found in jazz, gospel, and soul. A 'vamp' is to those genres as a 'riff' is to rock music or a 'loop' is to hip hop. The literal translation of montuno is 'from the mountains', and it is often at the heart of Cuban dance music, giving piano players a range of harmonizing phrases to use.

Explore the roots of Afro-Peruvian music with Novalima in this segment of Latin Roots from World Cafe. Originating in coastal Peru and comprised of contributions from African, Spanish, and South American cultures, festejo takes its name from 'fiesta', the Spanish word for festival. It is often accompanied by a competitive and lively dancing, as well as call-and-response vocals, a celebration put to music and tied to historical roots. In this interview, David Dye talks with Novalima members Grimaldo Del Solar (arranger, artwork, composer, programming) and Alfonso Montesinos (bass) about this 100-year-old style of festejo, and the several different forms it can take through varying rhythms. Festejo has influenced their live improvisations, and inspired Novalima to become less like a studio project and more spontaneous.

This session of Latin Roots is devoted to all things "clave." Music journalist Tom Moon sat down with our host, David Dye, to discuss the history of clave in Latin Music. Clave, which means code or key, functions as such rhythmically. Tom Moon explains how clave was introduced to Cuba and how it played into different trends and movements within Cuban music. Moon walks us through the Cuban standard, "Bruca Manigua," and the unexpected return to clave in Luis Enrique's "Yo No Se Manana." He also discusses how clave has been incorporated into music outside of the Latin world- from Johnny Otis to Bruce Springsteen.

Cumbia, Grammy-winning producer and record label owner Aaron Levinson is in the studio. Affiliated with a number of professional recording academies and societies, this internationally known musician also owns a recording studio in Ardmore and has consistently received recognition for his work with Latin music. In the studio today, Aaron and David talk about the origin and evolution of Cumbia, including its late resurgence in popularity in New York, and listen to songs by Bomba Estereo and Rodolfo Y Su Tipica.

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.

Be our guest - Friday SEPTEMBER 6 - as we present a Free At Noon special Live at the Porch at 30th Street Station featuring Man Man!



Man Man, consisting of frontman Honus Honus (Ryan Kattner), drummer Pow Pow (Christopher Powell), and musicians T. Moth (Jamey Robinson), Brown Sugar (Adam Schatz), and Shono Murphy (Bryan Murphy) creates a musical landscape as eclectic as the names of its members. This native-to-Philadelphia band has always been known for pushing the envelope and being fearlessly unique in its musical execution, but on the group's fifth full-length album On Oni Pond, which is set to release on September 10th on Anti- Records, they take their reputation to a new level. Based on intensive collaboration between frontman Honus Honus and drummer Pow Pow, the band has upped the ante on lyricism and musical prowess while still remaining very much Man Man. Says singer Honus Honus of the album, it is "a strange and beautiful record but it's also head on and fearless. It's not a record that's going to flirt with you, this is a record that's asking you out. If you get into bed with us there's going to be a relationship." The album was produced in part by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit, and the mix of songs promises to provide for an enthralling and musically entertaining live performance. The single off the album, "Head On", was reviewed by The Key and the group's upcoming show at the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center on October 25th and back-to-back performances at Union Transfer on October 30th and 31st are sponsored by WXPN.


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Recent Release: On Oni Pond
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Label: Anti- Records

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