Afro-Latinx communities have been central to the development of Latinx music – though folks don’t always get their due credit. We didn’t want to get too many episodes in without acknowledging this, so in today’s episode we spotlight some amazing Afro-Latinx artists. There’s no way to cover the depths of Afro-Latinxs’ influence on music in thirty minutes, so we’re linking to some more great resources and work by folks in the community. We hope you’ll take a look!
Please check out: The LatiNegrxs Project, which actively seeks to promote the narratives and perspectives of LatiNegrxs worldwide; The Afro-Latino Festival, which celebrates the contributions that people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean have made to New York City and global culture as a whole, and which has a can’t-miss lineup this year; Latino USA’s Afro-Latino episode for perspectives from Afro-Latinxs across generations and diasporas; and the always amazing Alt.Latino’s episodes on Black History Month and with guest DJ/Afro-Puerto Rican badass Tego Calderón.
As always, the music we featured on today’s episode is below and – BONUS! – we made y’all a playlist of some of our faves, who we couldn’t all include in the time we had. Disfruten!
Nitty Scott MC – Negrita
El General – Tu Pum Pum
Ibeyi – River
Yunel Cruz – Dominicanita
Xenia Rubinos – Ultima
Celia Cruz – Yo viviré