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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

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Josh begins by talking about how the first South American rock bands of the 50s and 60s were all cover bands, often singing in English. The covers that come out now are more Latinized and musically interesting in his opinion. The first song he plays is his favorite cover from last year by a Mexican band called Los Master Plus. They first broke out with a cumbia version of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire",…
Josh Norek talks about bilingual Latin rock tracks. Starting off, Josh plays the Santana track "No One To Depend On" and discusses its call and response nature, both musically and lyrically. Moving into the present, Josh spotlights the American pop punk band Los Abandoned.
It's time once again for Latin Roots, our ongoing series highlighting different genres of Latin music. Today Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago Public Radio's Beat Latino joins us to discuss Judeo-Iberian music or Ladino. This music goes back over 500 years and represents a dying tradition and a dying language. As Catalina tells us in many way it's the music that is keeping the language alive, often in the form of lullabies.
For our first Latin Roots of the new year Catalina Maris Johnson, the host of Latin Beat in Chicago, is back to explore Latin Psychedelia. Or, as she indicates it is sometimes less colorfully called, neo-tropical, jungle cumbia. The music comes from Peru and elsewhere in South America and you may be surprised to hear she has some examples from back-in-the-day to go with some more contemporary ones. A trippy segment! Check out her Spotify…
A Puerto Rican Christmas At Home And In New York December 25, 2013 - Artist, record producer and consultant Rachel Faro joins us on Latin Roots today to talk about Christmas in Puerto Rico and in the Puerto Rican communities in New York. She jokingly says that Christmas in Puerto Rico is 25% of the year with much partying and caroling. She’ll play us a Willie Colon classic that brings traditional music from the island…
Judy Cantor-Navas On Cuban Musical Christmas Traditions December 24, 2013 - It’s the first of two special Latin Roots Christmas segments this year today with Judy Cantor-Navas, an editor with Billboard Magazine with an extensive knowledge of Latin music. She’ll talk about the distinction between Christmas music before and after the Cuban Revolution taking into account the political changes. She has also provided us with a Spotify playlist to continue the celebration. Latin Roots is…
A special Latin Roots today with La Santa Cecilia in concert as part of our Latin Roots Live series. This set with the popular Los Angeles based Mexican-American band was recorded at World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia. December 12, 2013 - The band, named after the patron saint of musicians, started playing on the streets in LA and released their self-titled debut EP in 2009.
Latin Roots Judy Cantor-Navas Whets Your Thanksgiving Appetite With Songs About Food For The Holiday November 28, 2013 - This is a special Latin Roots for Thanksgiving today with Judy Cantor-Navas, editor at Billboard Magazine, playing some of her favorite tropical songs about food.
Rachel Faro Takes Us To Uruguay For The African Influenced Style Candombe Record producer and recording artist Rachel Faro returns to Latin Roots to discuss a musical style from the sometimes overlooked country of Uruguay. Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay had the same influx of African slaves as Brazil with a similar musical results. In Uruguay the Afro-Uruguayan form is Candombe.
Latin Roots Jasmine Garsd With Some Spooky Legends For The Day Of The Dead October 31, 2013 - In the Latin world the big celebration this time of year is for The Day of The Dead, not Halloween. Jasmine Garsd of NPR ‘s Alt.Latino explains in our Latin Roots segment that The Day Of The Dead is far more a day of remembrance than anything scary.
Latin Roots: Aaron Levinson Highlights Little Known Style Choro Choro is yet another style of Brazilian music that is hybrid of European and African Influences. It started in the 19th century as the Portuguese flooded into Rio. Aaron Levinson is here to play a couple of examples for us. One from the mid-40’s has a kind of “Hot Club of France” jazz feel. The more modern example is actually from Israel where bands are keeping…
Latin Roots – The Evolution of Cuba’s Charanga Music Originally evolving out of the more formal 19th century style danzon, things changed for charanga music in the 1930’s as we will hear with a transformative piece by the legendary Cachao. It’s interesting that this very Cuban form has been kept alive since the early days of the Cuban revolution – when there were few places to play on the island – by Puerto Rican musicians…
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