Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision. He's also a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands.

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Alt.Latino
4:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mad Musical Scientists: Latin Musicians Who Dare To Experiment

Sandra Velasquez's new album is titled Dig Deeper.
Shirley Rodriguez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:20 am

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Alt.Latino
6:40 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

Author Sandra Cisneros.
Jessica Fuentes Jessica Fuentes

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:04 am

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Alt.Latino
1:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Cuban Sounds: From Mambo To Pop, And Back Again

Alex Cuba.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:24 am

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The Record
1:52 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:31 pm

Click the audio link to hear Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd discuss the Latin Grammy Awards with Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:21 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Flaco Jimenez: Tiny Desk Concert

Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca play a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 3.
Lauren Rock NPR

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 1:03 pm

Watching Flaco Jimenez play his button accordion is like looking back in time. His grandfather started playing an accordion in cantinas and family parties along the Texas/Mexican border around the late 1800s. Then Flaco's dad, Santiago Jimenez Sr., carried on the family tradition when he released his first record in 1936.

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Alt.Latino
1:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Latin Music That Breaks Barriers And Pushes Boundaries

Singer Sarah Aroeste performs Ladino music — a style created by the Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 9:04 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Mariachi El Bronx: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire O'Neill NPR

Being a mariachi is a specialized gig. You might be able to fool people who don't know the music by wearing those tight pants and little jackets and playing with lots of vibrato. But hardcore mariachi fans will call you out in a minute if you try to fake it.

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The Record
4:31 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Singer For The Platters, Dies

Portrait of the Platters with Herb Reed (left), 1950s. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

The last original member of vocal group The Platters has died. Herb Reed was 84; he died after a short illness in a hospital near his home in Massachusetts.

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Alt.Latino: The Show
1:26 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Truth About Cinco De Mayo

La Santa Cecilia
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:06 pm

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First Listen
9:33 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

First Listen: Chicha Libre, 'Canibalismo'

Chicha Libre's new album, Canibalismo, comes out May 8.
Txuca

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 7:45 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

"Chicha" is a catch-all word that refers to a variety of fermented drinks popular in many Latin American countries. The drink of choice among the working class, they tend to be cheap and potent.

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