1. 
We are so f—— up and so amazing at the same  time. We can kill and make war and at the same time we make love and make babies. 

— Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux in a live SXSW interview with NPR’s Alt.Latino 
Photo: Lizzie Chen for NPR

    We are so f—— up and so amazing at the same  time. We can kill and make war and at the same time we make love and make babies. 

    — Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux in a live SXSW interview with NPR’s Alt.Latino 

    Photo: Lizzie Chen for NPR

  2. Saudade. It’s an untranslatable, but an undeniably potent word that embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss. Alt.Latino explores the Portuguese and Galician concept, and how it plays out in music

  3. "His guitar strums, they sounded like his machete whacks." That’s how musician Fredi Vega describes his grandfather’s guitar work in this week’s Alt.Latino, which is all about the Mexican music style known as Son Jarocho.
Illustration: Alec Dempster

    "His guitar strums, they sounded like his machete whacks." That’s how musician Fredi Vega describes his grandfather’s guitar work in this week’s Alt.Latino, which is all about the Mexican music style known as Son Jarocho.

    Illustration: Alec Dempster

  4. This Alt.Latino starts with Los Macuanos, a DJ trio from Tijuana who taught us how to properly drink tequila. You’re going to want to tune in to hear Jasmine Garsd try to say “theremin” after a shot of tequila. 

  5. We’re joining you in the struggle to recover from New Year’s partying. To do that, NPR’s Alt.Latino called upon DJ Oscar Nñ, a friend of the show and emcee to some amazing New York parties, to get us started on the right foot. Here’s to 2014!

  6. NPR’s Alt.Latino looks back at a diverse, exciting and adventure-filled year in Latin Alternative music, with supreme cuts by Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, La Santa Cecilia and more. But, most of all, hosts Jasmine and Felix are thankful for you: Every day, you send us amazing music, stories, ideas, criticism and praise that makes this more than a podcast; it makes it a dialogue about who we are as Latinos, where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

  7. Particularly in Mexico, it’s tradition among those who celebrate the Day Of The Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) to build an altar to those who who have passed, with offerings and remembrances. NPR’s Alt.Latino builds a sonic altar with a list of songs by and for people we love who left us this year, whom we miss so much.

  8. In spite of our many musical variations, one thing that seems to unite Latin Americans is a love of suffering in song — the gusto with which we sprinkle musical salt in our wounds. Well, Alt.Latino wanted to do something different and asked listeners for Latin songs that cheer them up. Listen here and get the playlist

  9. One of our favorite ways to cope with the sweltering heat is to head up to New York City for Brasil Summerfest: Once a year, new and legendary Brazilian artists swoop through the city like a cool breeze. And, once a year, NPR’s Alt.Latino invite one of our favorite producers — Beco Dranoff, who curates Brasil Summerfest — to give us a taste of the newest lineup.

  10. No one knew what to think of us. Many times we were told not to leave our hotel because the secret police would be waiting for us.

    — Os Mutantes’ Sergio Dias in an extensive and personal Alt.Latino interview about escaping the Latin American political nightmare through music