Latino Music Figures

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Prominent Latino musicians in the U.S. and in Latin America.

"I have a few songs that I’ve written about my experience as an immigrant coming to the states and leaving everything I knew behind, missing my home country, missing my family,” Gaby Moreno said.

The Guatemalan Folk Music of Gaby Moreno

Since starting life as a jokey reggaeton band from Puerto Rico nine years ago, Calle 13 has become one of the most important groups in Latin America.

Calle 13

Six girl punk rockers got together one day and decided to start a side project, just for fun.

Kumbia Queers

With the national conversation on race heating up, Xenia found herself more and more writing about issues relating to identity and her experience as an Afro-Latina woman in the US.

Xenia Rubinos

After getting her start with Calle 13, Puerto Rican singer Ileana Cabra Joglar, or iLe just won the Grammy for best album in Latin rock with her debut album, iLevitable.


Almost six years later, Downtown Boys continue to produce music that addresses labor rights, Chicana empowerment, and many other systemic problems the band sees happening around the country.

Downtown Boys

Nicola Cruz produces tracks that draw on both Andean folk and minimalist electronic textures, with hints of ambient field recordings he makes in his travels around the country.

Nicola Cruz

Otura Mun has been a central figure in the Puerto Rican independent music scene for over two decades, yet he was born with a different name, in an African-American Mennonite family in Indiana.


Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade opens up about how her breakup was used as inspiration for her latest album Hasta La Raíz.

Natalia Lafourcade
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Production Credits:
Gabby Moreno story
Produced by Fernanda Echávarri, and Marlon Bishop.
Featured image by Camillo Fuentealba, Camilo Vargas, ZZK Records.

Calle 13 story
Produced by Marlon Bishop

Kumbia Queers
Produced by Marlon Bishop and Camilo Vargas
Featured image courtesy of the Kumbia Queers

Produced by Marlon Bishop
Featured image by Montecruz

Produced by Nadia Reiman, Julia Shu
Featured image by Raquel Pérez Puig

Downtown Boys
Produced by Marlon Bishop
Featured image by Downtown Boys

Nicola Cruz
Produced by Marlon Bishop
Featured image by ZZK Records

Produced by Marlon Bishop
Featured image courtesy of ÌFÉ

Natalia Lafourcade
Produced by Fernanda Echávarri
Featured image courtesy of the artist

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