Episode 78: Romeo Santos’ Utopía

Romeo Santos hit us with a new album that lifts up the legacy of bachata and the people that came before him. What choice did we have but to stop everything and do a deep dive? On Utopía Romeo takes us to bachata school – lifting up the legends and the greats on whose shoulders he stands, as well as the old-school sounds each of them pioneered. Plus the first new Aventura song in a decade? What a beautiful gift.

Featuring music by Romeo Santos with El Chaval de la Bachata, Raulín Rodriguez, Elvis Martinez, Teodoro Reyes, Monchy y Alexandra, Antony “El Mayimbe” Santos and Aventura.

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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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Episode 74: Daddy Yankee’s Barrio Fino

This week, we do a deep dive into the album that ushered in the global reggaeton explosion of 2004 – Daddy Yankee’s Barrio Fino. Now fifteen years old (!!!), we revisit this timeless classic with Reggaeton historian and music journalist Eduardo Cepeda (of Episode 55: Cholo Jams fame!). We talk about El Cangri’s MC skills, BX ties, political evolutions, and why Gasolina might not be as dirty as you originally thought.

Featuring music by Daddy Yankee.

Don’t forget to follow Eduardo on Twitter and IG!

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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 72: Team Feelings

Esta semana, un feeling muy fuerte. We’ve got some songs – and lots of discussion – going deep into feels. In what ways is the fear of feelings tied to misogyny? How are people who have so many feelings so strong? Is horny a feeling?

Featuring music by Pepe Aguilar ft. La Marisoul, Melissa, and Ángela Aguilar; J Balvin, Jesse Baez & C. Tangana; Marc Anthony; and Helado Negro.

Things we talked about on the episode:

  • The Team Feelings pin is running out – snag it before it’s gone!
  • C. Tangana’s culito
  • We’re looking for your listener picks! Record a voice memo telling us about a song by a Latinx artist and why you love it. Picks will be featured on an upcoming episode 💖
  • Subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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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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Episode 70: Lo Nuevo Nuevo

Aquí les llegamos con las novedades! This week we get into some new releases, plus a little more about what’s new around here, porque we’re switching up some cositas at Radio Menea! Tune in to hear cual es el plan – and how you can help us with it! – and a crop of new songs that gush about un amor nuevo, love up on AfroLatinidad, mock anti-immigrant commentary, and explore gender. Plus, a moment to appreciate an influential artist recently departed.

Featuring music by PJ Sin Suela, Luis Fonsi, La Chica, Anuel AA & Karol G, Ms Boogie, and Yoskar Sarante.

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