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 #57 - New Songs From Austin’s Latin Funk Orchestra Grupo Fantasma
Fortunately there was a great choice for our Sense of Place: Austin Latin Roots segment. It is Grupo Fantasma a 9 piece Latin band that formed in 2000.
The band created their own path as a Latin Funk orchestra. They became known along the way for backing many other performers from other genres including GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, even Prince and others. They received the Grammy in 2010 for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for El Existential. They have a new album already recorded and set to go later this year. We'll hear a set of those new songs coming up.
Recent Release: Existential
Release Date: June 15, 2010