Episode 51: Accordion

On this week’s episode we take a tour through Latin America via the sounds of the incredible accordion. An instrument originally from Germany, it’s been incorporated into so many different genres of Latin American music–vallenato, merengue típico, tango, rancheras y muchos más! This might be our most diverse episode yet.

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Meneito 16: Trauma & Healing

Esta semana for you we have some brand new música, some sappy bachata, and some deep deep conversation on the legacies of trauma and healing inspired by Junot Díaz’s latest essay in The New Yorker. Content warning: we discuss child sexual assault — as it pertains to Junot’s essay, and our own families.

Featuring music by Cuco, Jessy Rose, and Empress Of.

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Episode 50: Colombia

This week we bring very special invitadx DJ Alex DB to get into some of the musical traditions of Colombia. We leave behind more well-known paisas – your J Balvins and Malumas – in favor of digging into vallenatos, sextetos, and AfroColombian musical traditions from what was probably the first free black community in the Americas. There is no way to cover the nuances and diversity of music of Colombia in six songs, pero we hope that this selection encourages you to search for más y más!

Featuring music by El Combo De Las Estrellas, Genio El Del Canto Bello, Adassa, Alejo Duran, Sexteto Tabalá, and Kombilesa Mi.

You can find DJ Alex DB on Facebook and Instagram, and you can listen to their latest mix on soundcloud!

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Meneito 15: Spring Proyectos

For this week’s meneito we’re bringing you our usual eclectic mix–salsa, romantic pan-Latin pop and an experimental track that Vero loves (surprise!). We’re also talking about the projects we’ve been working on to get us through to spring, and getting into the eternal latinx debate–is it “colita de rana” or “culito de rana”?!?

Featuring music by Hilario Duran, Bacilos and xango/suave.

Y una vez más: UN MILLÓN DE GRACIASSSSSS for all the birthday love!!! Y’all are truly lxs mejores. If you haven’t supported and wanna know more, check out our birthday campaign.

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Episode 49: Sucia!

Those songs that make you blush. The ones you’d discreetly turn down or skip over when your mami is in the car. The ones that take those sex metaphors a little too far. This week, we’ve got some of our favorite canciónes sucias for you amores.

Featuring music by Pilar Montenegro, Los Rakas, Tito El Bambino, Mark B, El Alfa, Karol G and Lisa M.

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It’s still our cumpleaños! Can we ask you for un regalito? We have regalitos for YOU in return! Check out the details for our birthday campaign here.

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Meneito 14: The 90s Are Back

Some choice 90s jams we couldn’t bring to last week’s full episode get us chatting about the plaid pants that we really wanted and that shining beacon of 90s teen fashion: the dELIA*s catalog. Plus a Spanglish sappy reggaeton ballad porque #TeamFeelings!

Y claro: UN MILLÓN DE GRACIASSSSSS for all the birthday love!!! Y’all are truly lxs mejores. If you haven’t supported and wanna know more, check out our birthday campaign!

Featuring music by Fey, Manuel Turizo, and Los Cracker Jack/El Chombo

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Episode 48: 1998

Let’s rewind twenty years. What was happening in 1998? Besides being awkward teens, we were listening to some música, and there were some JAMS! A couple of seminal releases, some reggaeton history in the making y mucho más. Ponte redi for some throwbacks!

PLUS! It’s our cumpleaños! And not to be groserxs, but can we ask you for un regalito? We have regalitos for YOU in return! Check out the details for our birthday campaign here

Featuring music by Elvis Crespo, Shakira, Tito Nieves, Wassabanga/El Chombo, Chayanne, and La India.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños Radio Menea!

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Amores! If you can believe it, it’s been two years since we started this proyecto de pasion because we love geeking out about Latinx music, creating the weirdest possible mezclas, and discussing Latinx cultura y life. In that time, we’ve put out 61 episodes, totaling over 35 hours of audio (!!!). We’ve been featured on a ton of amazing radio shows, podcasts and media outlets. And we’ve only deepened our friendship and our love of music by Latinx artists.

We’re so excited about how things have grown, that we have weekly episodes now, that our show has been listened to over 160,000 times by folks all over the world, that we’ve gotten to do live events and meet some of you en la calle! But we also have big dreams for this little show, so we’re using our 2nd birthday as a moment to ask you all to get involved in helping us grow.

Since we’re turning two, we’ve got two asks for you, and some regalitos in return.

  1. More than anything, we want more listeners. We think our show is pretty great (#humblebrag), and while we’re so excited that so many of you tune in, we think there is more audience out there that would love us if they knew about us. So that’s where YOU come in. Would you be willing to tell two people about our show? This could take many forms–a text or email to a friend, a snap, or a post on FB, instagram or twitter. Word of mouth does wonders for us.

And as a thank you for spreading the word, if you email us at radiomenea@gmail.com telling us how you shared about our show, we’ll send you these amazing illustrations for your lock screens featuring Latina artists that Vero designed and created.

2. One of the things that makes growing our show possible is money, for things like investing in merch for a Radio Menea store (it’s going to be so good y’all!) and covering our other costs. At this point we’ve put more way money into Radio Menea than we’ve made from our few ads and events, and we were inspired by a random sweet listener finding Vero’s personal venmo and sending us $15 to see if more of you might want to chip in to support us. So we created a venmo account. Paypal is also an option for those of you who prefer it–find us via our email, radiomenea@gmail.com!

If you send us $5 or more, we’ll mail you one of these sweet Radio Menea stickers, and send you all three of the lock screen illustrations that Vero designed and created. Just venmo us, and then send an email with your mailing address to radiomenea@gmail.com.

So if you think that with Radio Menea we’re doing something of value – if you’ve found us entertaining, if we’ve brought joy to your life, if we’ve become part of your routine, tell your friends about our show and venmo us! We’ll be using the cash to invest in merch that we think you’re gonna love, and the new listeners will help us grow. ❤

Meneito 13: Pop Culture Corner

On this week’s episode we’ve got our usual eclectic mix of música–a little salsa romántica, electronica with good vibes and a dreamy sweet track. Plus we share our thoughts about two pop culture offerings out right now: One Day at a Time and Black Panther.

Featuring music by Rey Ruiz, Kaleema, Lido Pimienta and Vincente Garcia.

Things we mentioned on the episode:

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Episode 47: Más Problematic Faves

We couldn’t help ourselves. There are just too many jams where we either take issue with the artists’ politics or past, or where the lyrics are too sexist not to acknowledge…pero they’re bangers tho (sorry/not sorry)! So we’re bringing you otro problematic faves episode, where we deconstruct some of our favorite artists and acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes–some bigger than others.

Featuring music by Vicente Fernandez, Alexis y Fido, Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Don Miguelo and Prince Royce.

Check out our original problematic faves episode here if you’re hungry for more.

Things we mentioned on the episode:

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