Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The Eminem of Mexican Music is African American: El Compa Negro

*Taquista Jorge Canavati sent me this with the message: Now THIS is hip …….. I couldn’t agree more. What better way to get your Tuesday up to speed? VL By Voice Media Group/LA Weekly Rhyan Lowery is a black 19-year-old from Compton who fell in love with Mexican rancheros, a horse-raising culture that dominates the

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Alt.Latino Friday: From Peruvian Jungle Laments To Grand Theft Auto V

By Jasmine Garsd, NPR/Alt.Latino At Alt.Latino, we go out of our way to reflect the incredible eclecticism of Latin music — and this week is no exception, as we feature killer vintage Peruvian cumbia, newer Argentine cumbia, Puerto...

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

By Jasmine Garsd, NPR Whether you’re in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you’re likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo. In Latin America, no musical style...

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Xicanosmotic Music @ the Border | Heavy Metal/Cumbia Edition

Habla Texas, Laredo-style From the textmex obsessed imagination of William A. Nericcio Gracias, gracias, gracias, to South Texas Valley artist Izel Vargas (of Pocholandia fame) for forwarding me this video from the HBO series, Habla Texas: Here’s the series...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Happy Friday From Maneja Beto!

Maneja Beto is a band based in Austin, Texas that combines styles like cumbia and Tejano with rock and synth. They are super popular in their hometown, but have also been lauded by publications across the country....

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Happy Friday From Kumbia Queers!

At first thought, cumbia and punk rock seem like two musical genres that you’d never hear on the same dance floor, let alone be meshed together to form a new style. But the ladies from the Argentine-Mexican band...

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Happy Friday From Los Hermanos Flores!

Founded originally in 1962, La Orquesta Internacional de Los Hermanos Flores, are world renown and are a huge deal both in El Salvador and generally in Latin America. The group, with two of the original members, came...