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Rich McKie

Mariachi Manchester to croon the emo-sensitive lyrics of Morrissey & The Smiths with the sounds of Mexican sones & rancheras at NuevoFest

  ARTISTS, EVENTS

Mariachi Manchester to croon the emo-sensitive lyrics of Morrissey & The Smiths with the sounds of Mexican sones & rancheras at NuevoFest

If you ask the members of California’s Mariachi Manchester about how they came to be, they’ll explain it quite simply that ‘It was only a matter of time before the Moz phenomenon fully merged with the mariachi musical crossroads’.  With their Mexican/Chicano roots, Mariachi Manchester (coming straight outta ‘Moz Angeles’) have stepped into the spotlight to croon the emo-sensitive lyrics of Morrissey & The Smiths in rhythm with the heart-string-pulling sounds of Mexican sones & rancheras, representing the emotional underbelly of LA’s Chicano love affair with the alternative music  ...
Hear the smooth roll of the snare and chunky organ riff of the Puerto Rican Reggae-Soul  band Piélago at Nuevofest

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Hear the smooth roll of the snare and chunky organ riff of the Puerto Rican Reggae-Soul band Piélago at Nuevofest

With a smooth roll of the snare into a chunky gurgling organ riff, the Puerto Rican reggae-soul band called Piélago has been making full strides in gaining popularity both on the island nation homeland and across the pan-Latin Reggae scene. But they aren’t just a one-drop ‘one-trick pony’ of an act: they can deftly switch up the tempo and genre, weaving together classic soul, bossa nova, folk-rock, and hip-hop with zero difficulties. Philly fans will easily compare them with the hometown heroes, The Roots, and Islanders will lean towards Cultura Profetica comparisons, but Piélago stands  ...
Tribu Baharú to make its Philly Debut at NUEVOFEST

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Tribu Baharú to make its Philly Debut at NUEVOFEST

Coming Sunday, July 16, NUEVOFEST is going to kick into hyperspeed once the incredible Tribu Baharú takes the stage. Over recent years, the Colombian ensemble has transformed into the modern day superheroes of the Afro-descendent folk genre called Champeta – a sonic gumbo made from hefty chunks of African genres like Highlife, Soukouss, Soweto Jive, sweetened with Afro-Caribbean rhythms like Soca, Calypso, Haitian Kompa, and then some. With its whirlwind tempos & stress-relieving melodies, this sound is undeniably therapeutic for the soul. But more importantly, Champeta is the  ...
LATIN ROOTS LIVE! PRESENTS NUEVOFEST 2017 – RSVP NOW

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LATIN ROOTS LIVE! PRESENTS NUEVOFEST 2017 – RSVP NOW

 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.).
RSVP Now: For April’s Latin Roots Live event featuring ÌFÉ and M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM

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RSVP Now: For April’s Latin Roots Live event featuring ÌFÉ and M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM

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  ...
World Cafe: Andean Music

  LISTEN, WORLD CAFE

World Cafe: Andean Music

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.
World Cafe: Christmas In Cuba

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World Cafe: Christmas In Cuba

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.