About the Podcast
From Latin rock to psychedelic cumbia and everything in between, Alt.Latino spins a genre-bending mix where tradition meets innovation. Host Felix Contreras and guest hosts share their love of Latin Alternative music by introducing audiences to the best classic and emerging sounds from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and more. <hr> Alt.Latino draws new audiences to NPR, while helping loyal listeners discover the familiar sounds of classic rock and hip hop – now in Spanish. The program offers cross-platform opportunities, including its weekly show and podcast, blog and Tiny Desk Concerts.
About the Host
Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd
For nearly five years, Felix Contreras has hosted NPR’s web-based program Alt.Latino discussing Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. Felix Contreras is also the co-creator of Alt.Latino. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latinx musicians, actors, filmmakers, and writers. He has hosted and produced Alt.Latino episodes from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and throughout the U.S. since the show started in 2010. Previously, Contreras was a reporter and producer NPR's Arts Desk and, among other stories and projects, covered a series reported from Mexico on the musical movement called Latin Alternative; helped produce NPR's award-winning series 50 Great Voices; and reported a series of stories on the financial challenges aging jazz musicians face. Contreras 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 in Miami and California. He's a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands in the Washington, DC, area. He is also NPR Music's resident Deadhead.
Buenos Aires born, formerly Mexican-based reporter and journalist Jasmine Garsd now serves as co-host for Alt.Latino. Jasmine Garsd is a former reporter for Across Women's Lives.