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Episode 87: Listener Picks

It’s your turn bbs! This week we’re sharing the music YOU love, and we even get to hear some of your super cute voices and stories. Turns out ya’ll have v good taste! We’ve got Andean anti-colonial ballads, Puerto Rican reggaeton hits, Xicanx soul Rock n Roll y mucho más. Your picks are as eclectic as ours!

Featuring music by Oscura Luna, Luis Abanto Morales, Guaynaa, Ana Tijoux, Francisca Valenzuela and As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira.

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Episode 85: Argentina

Esta semana, we take a deep dive into the music of Argentina — with an accidental yet very welcome focus on las mujeres! Our friend/favorite Argentine and former Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd is our special invitada and guest DJ. From tango, to cumbia, to tropical punk, Jas brings us un poco de todo. Join us to learn about literature recommendations to pair with each musical selection (!!!), the growing role of feminism in Argentine society, and exactly how we all feel about horror in literature and film (spoiler alert: nos da mucho miedo).

Featuring music by Tita Merello, Kumbia Queers, Juana Molina, Miss Bolivia, J Mena Baron, Paula Maffia, and Sofia Rei.

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Reading recommendations from Jasmine:

  • Victoria Ocampo
  • Mariana Enriquez
  • Lu Peker
  • Samanta Schweblin

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Episode 83: DR Diary

Strap on your seat belts, amores, you’re coming with us to the Dominican Republic! This week’s episode is the last in our DR series. From last minute bus rides to photoshoots to bachata under the full moon, listen in to hear about our amazing trip and some of the incredible music we enjoyed along the way.

Featuring music by Marino Castellanos, Liro Shaq, Ala Jaza, Antony Santos and Wason Brazoban.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few photos from our DR photoshoot! Can you tell we aren’t models?

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Episode 79: Gaps That Slap

Esta semana, the important artists that somehow we’ve gone three years without bringing to the show! Better late than never, cierto? Tune in to hear our favorite songs from these six artists we’ve neglected–from Cuban salsa to Puerto Rican boy bands to Brazilian psychedelic rock to Colombian pop to Mexican rock to norteño. It’s a journey bbs, ahí vamos!

Music by Buena Vista Social Club, Menudo, Os Mutantes, Juanes, Cafe Tacvba y Los Tigres Del Norte.

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Episode 77: Mujeriego

Womanizer, oh, you’re a womanizer, baby. This week we’ve got songs all about mujeriegos–those men who cheat, who run around, who aren’t players, they just crush a lot. Should we be surprised there are so many songs on this theme? Join us as we get into all the intricacies of how machismo plays out in relationships and a few gems from the women who aren’t having it.
Featuring music by Farruko, La India, Melii, Galante El Emperador, Aventura, La Lupe and José José.

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Episode 76: Hot & Fresh

¡Agua que esta vaina se prendió! This week we’re diving into our favorite new tracks – from some brand new salsa to reggaeton romantico, to urbano, to rap – we’ve got the latest on what you should be listening to. Como siempre, an eclectic mix of the hottest new music from Latinx artists.

Featuring  music by Nino Augustine, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Porfi Baloa, MULA, Ozuna, Darell, Snow Tha Product, R.K.M. y Ken-Y.

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Episode 75: Your Picks

Esta semana, you are the DJs! We were so hype to get so many messages and recs from you, and we have a selection of some of our faves here. You help us address some major gaps (que vergüenza!), we revisit a controversial fave, and best of all, hear your gorgeous voices. If you sent something in that you don’t see included (or if you didn’t get your act together to send us your pick!), no te preocupes – we’re gonna be doing these regularly, so you might hear it on a future episode!

Featuring music by Will Smith, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Los Amigos Invisibles, Maná, Pajarita La Paul, El Individuo, Willie Colón and Rubén Blades.

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¡Feliz cumpleaños Radio Menea!

It’s hard to believe it bbs, but another year of Radio Menea has come and gone! Three years ago this month we launched our first ever episode of this show, and it’s been such a beautiful journey since then. We absolutely love bringing you this show every week and getting to share our love of Latinx music. You all have been incredibly supportive, leaving us reviews, buying our merch, sending listener picks, filling out our survey, and coming out to our live events.

We’ve thought a lot about how best to support this show since we started. While it has always been a labor of love and primarily we do it because it’s really fun, obviously an incredible amount of time and resources go into making it happen. Especially as we’ve grown, we spend more time researching and editing to make sure we give you the best possible content every week.

We’ve thought about lots of things that other podcasts do to support themselves–like patreon for example–but just haven’t felt like that’s the right approach for us at this time. So instead, for now, we’ve decided to use our birthday month like a yearly fundraiser. Last year we asked you all for some birthday support, and you responded! It was beautiful, and it allowed us to launch our merch store, which in turn allowed us to purchase some new equipment this fall, and pay for hosting and website fees. We didn’t take any of that to support ourselves, but just kept it all in the business.

We’ve got big plans for this year (including a very exciting music reporting trip!) and we’re asking you to again consider what you might be able to offer us in terms of support. How do you value this show, and what it offers you? If everyone who listened gave us just $5, we’d have enough resources to support this work for an entire year. So will you consider it?

You can send us a gift via venmo or paypal (radiomenea@gmail.com). We so appreciate you considering offering us whatever you can spare. As a thank you, we’ll send anyone who donates a link to a special playlist we’re curating for you all on spotify. Because at the end of the day it’s all about the music, no? We love introducing to the artists we love, and fostering your connection to our people’s music. And THANK YOU for making producing this show such a joy. Seriously. You all rock. ❤

Episode 73: Reggaeton-ton-ton

We have some fire new urbano for y’all esta semana, con mucho mucho reggaeton! Andas preparada para un buen perreo? Autotuned neo-perreo, why we still love La Queen, and a quick reminder that racism and colorism shape the industry – so let’s do our due diligence and support Black urbano artists, ok? OK!

And to all our mujeres: happy international women’s day! Dale hasta abajo para enseñarles como es el trabajo. 😉

Featuring music by Ivy Queen, Tomasa del Real, Menor Menor, Rvssian, Zion y Lennox, Sharlene, ChocQuibTown, Manuel Turizo, Farruko and Angel y Khriz.

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Episode 71: ¿Donde Están Los Ladrones?

Do y’all remember 90s Shakira? This week we’re doing a deep dive into her iconic 1998 album ¿Donde Están Los Ladrones? A rollercoaster of breakup feels, we take the ride – rabia, sadness, amargura, and of course, mucho mucho amor! Why do we both love Shaki so much? What makes this album such a classic? What mildly to extremely embarrassing things did this album inspire us to do? How do we feel about 2019 Shaki?

Featuring music by Shakira.

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We’re looking for your listener picks! Send us a voice memo to radiomenea@gmail.com with one of your favorite songs by a Latinx artist and why you love it. Picks will be featured on an upcoming episode!

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