FREE CONCERT CELEBRATING THE NEW SOUNDS OF LATIN AMERICA A free, all-ages, outdoor concert showcasing artists who represent the new sounds of Latin America can be experienced on Sunday, July 16 when the WXPN Latin Roots Live! concert series presents NUEVOFEST 2017, featuring performances by eight outstanding Latin alternative artists, starting at 2 P.M. at FringeArts in Philadelphia (doors open at 1 P.M.).
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Join us for a FREE Latin Roots Live! Dance Party on Monday, April 24, 2017 at World Cafe Live downstairs. Doors are at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. RSVP HERE ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico-based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun, who’s music is a powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990’s, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many ...
For this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Catalina Maria Johnson discusses the importance and influence of Andean music, both old and new. We’ll hear the song that inspired Paul Simon’s “El Condor Pasa” with the classic sound of Peruvian pipes and more. Hear the complete segment above and check out the Andean Music Spotify Playlist for more.
Just in time for Christmas Eve, World Cafe heads to the tropics for a holiday-themed Latin Roots segment. Contributor Judy Cantor-Navas uses the occasion as an opportunity to look at Christmas in Cuba, with music from pre-revolutionary times right up until the present day.
Billy Gibbons has been known for years as the larger-than-life, guitar-playing leader of ZZ Top, whose innovative showmanship and big licks have brought an equally oversized audience to rockin’ blues. In today’sLatin Roots segment, Gibbons and his band, The BFGs, put a Cubano twist on the blues.