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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 #10: Bachata, Latin Music's Underdog, Grows Up - May 17, 2012

We've heard from Alt. Latino co-host Felix Contreras, but today we'll hear from the show's other half, Jasmine Serena Garsd. Garsd was raised in Buenos Aires and connected with the Argentinean rock scene in her teens. She moved to the United States after high school, an experience which exposed her to American music and she is now one of the co-hosts of Alt.Latino, a weekly show on NPR Music that explores music from all over the western hemisphere.

In this session, David Dye and Jasmine Garsd discuss bachata music. Jasmine explains that bachata was an underdog in the music world, shunned in the Dominican Republic in the 60's and 70's. By the 80's, bachata became more mainstream, as artists fused it with electric guitar and pop. Garsd discusses the evolution of bachata and the artists who played it, including Antony Romeo Santos, whose most recent album features Usher.
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  • Show Tracks:
    • Marino Perez / O La Pago Yo O La Paga Ella / Bachata Roja
    • Antony Santos / Ay Mujer / La Batalla
    • Juan Luis Guerra / Burbujas de Amor / Bachata Rosa
    • Romeo Santos featuring Usher / Promise / Formula, Vol. 1
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Latin Roots is made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

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