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The Honduran-Canadian Singer And The Swedish Band: An Alt.Latino Love Story

Daniela Andrade.
Courtesy of the artist
Daniela Andrade.

Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of Alt.Latino from April 2015.

After five years of doing this show together, Felix Contreras and I have influenced each other's musical inclinations in unimaginable ways. We both come from very vibrant, rich scenes — he's from California and I'm from Argentina. Those can also be very hermetic scenes that are like worlds unto themselves. So it took us awhile to even consider each other's tastes. For the longest time Felix would wrinkle his nose when I'd offer him a spoonful of South American pop or Spanish punk; and I'd eye anything related to rancheras with suspicion.

But good music is good music, and it eventually breaks down all barriers. So here we find ourselves, on a show like today, sharing Mexican folk, Venezuelan retro funk, and some good old rock 'n' roll like it's no big deal.

How about you? How have your musical tastes changed over the years?

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Jasmine Garsd
Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.