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Masters of Caribbean Son. 

An interview with two great exponents of Afro-Latino music, who come together in San Francisco, CA, with other giants of Salsa and Latin jazz to support El Tecolote, a storied community newspaper with a focus on Latino popular culture. Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos is a renowned percussionist who has performed and recorded with masters […]

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Lila Downs: Raíz.

Grammy winner Mexican-American singer Lila Downs is releasing a new CD in collaboration with Soledad from Argentina and Niña Pastori from Spain. Titled “Raíz,” the new recording includes arrangements of musical styles from their home countries, such as boleros, chacareras, tangos and huapangos. In coincidence, Downs begins a tour in the U.S. Guest: Lila Downs, […]

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The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón.

That’s the title of a book that tells the tragic story about the experiences and ideology of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magón and militants of his transnational movement in the U.S. and Mexico. It also gives insights into the collaboration between the Mexican and U.S. governments to persecute and imprison Mexican exiles in the early […]

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Zydeco-Mexican Connection.

The Mexican American roots group and cultural institution Los Cenzontles is collaborating with young Zydeco accordion virtuoso Andre Thierry to create a new soulful sound. Through this musical collaboration, they celebrate the historic connection of Louisiana Creoles and Mexicans in their home communities of Richmond and San Pablo, California. This program is part of our […]

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Concha Buika (Repeat).

Acclaimed singer María Concepción Balboa Buika, known as Buika, was born in Spain to African parents. She now lives in Miami, Florida. With her sultry, emotionally-charged voice she easily crosses musical styles such as cante jondo, jazz and canción ranchera. This is the rebroadcast of an exclusive interview with this distinguished Afro-Hispanic artist about the […]

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Fandango.

Renowned Mexican soneros bring the community celebration of music and dance known as fandango to the U.S. Local son jarocho artists work with Mexican folk artists to create new sones in the tradition of the Afro-Mexican Veracruz region, based on the experience of day laborers and Latino immigrants from the San Francisco Bay Area. As […]

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Holiday Edition: Young Maestros.

Inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuela program that has changed the lives of thousands of poor kids in more than 35 years, a classical orchestra in a California farming town is touching children’s lives trough the power of music. Children from farmworking families in Salinas spend hours learning to play classical musical instruments and their […]

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Indigenous Woman Wins “Green Nobel”.

Ruth Buendía Mestoquiari, a young indigenous woman from Peru, was awarded the 2014 Goldman Prize. Buendía shares details about her life as a young girl, the loss of her father, the encounters with the Shining Light guerrilla and having to live apart from her mother. She states how her past led her to become one […]

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Roots of Cinco de Mayo.

In his book “The Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition,” scholar David Hayes-Bautista examines the history of today’s holiday celebration. He reveals that Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over French invaders in 1862, is not really a festivity born in Mexico, but a celebration created in California by Latinos and Mexican […]

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Arturo Sandoval: Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Arturo Sandoval began learning how to play the trumpet at age 12, in a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Since then, Sandoval has become a living legend of jazz worldwide. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Days later, Sandoval learned that […]

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