krcb header-tagline

Text Size

support krcb button 2

Songs As Soundtracks To The Story Of Latin Life

  • Hear The Show

I recently started a habit of listening to new music for Alt.Latino while reading. I'm on a new book called An Anthology Of Latin American Chronicles, a compilation of the best long-form journalistic pieces from contemporary Latin America. It's all non-fiction, yet as fantastical as you can get.

These days, reading about a trip to Pablo Escobar's secret zoo, the third gender among the Oaxacan people, or the unusual trajectory of a family heirloom during the Chilean dictatorship is accompanied by songs blasting in my ear. So I've made a point of picking music that softly transports me into this everyday world of Latin American beauty and horror, glory and pathos.

In the process, something wonderful happened: The text and the lyrics have begun to fuse together, and the stories I read have soft, cinematic, very Latin soundtracks. I've come to appreciate more than ever the storytelling legacy of Latinos, and how our music as much as our writing tells those stories. I'm sharing some of those songs on this week's show, which also features a broad and beautiful selection of Felix's favorite new music.

So join us on Alt.Latino as we listen to everyone from a Mexican legend to a French-Cuban duo that has us mesmerized. And, as a side note, if you're interested in reading An Anthology Of Latin American Chronicles yourself, I highly recommend it. If you don't speak Spanish, there doesn't seem to be a translation, but many of the authors featured in the anthology have works in English. You can find the list here.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Original Source

Music News

Default Image
Apr 30

Cyndi Lauper Charts Her Own Path — Thanks, In Part, To Patsy Cline

Cyndi Lauper, that girl power icon of the eighties, has a new album. Her latest collection of songs takes a distinctly southern turn: It's an album of classic country covers.
Default Image
Apr 29

All The Gifts Of Life: 40 Years Of Rush's '2112'

"It could have spelled the end for us." Alex Lifeson is on the phone, calling from his Toronto home, thinking back to the time between Rush's third and fourth albums in the winter of 1975 and 1976.
Default Image
Apr 28

Musicians Pay Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson On 'God Don't Never Change'

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.
Default Image
Apr 28

With New Deals, Apple And SoundCloud Remix The Dance Music Marketplace

Last month, two seemingly unrelated tech music business announcements were made that have the potential to reshape the creative dance-music marketplace online. First, Apple Music announced its new…