Episode 19: Best of 2016

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t agree that 2016 has been a shit year. Tragedy after tragedy, deaths of many famous people we love (JuanGa!), and now we’re facing a scary political future under the Orange Chupacabra. But one thing that 2016 didn’t disappoint on was really great music. So we’re closing out the year by bringing you some of our favorites from 2016. Let’s find solace in the music we loved, and then say vete al carajo to 2016.

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Episode 18: Protest

Protest has always been a necessary tool for changing our world into something better – Orange Chupacabra or no – and it’s best when music goes along for the ride. In today’s episode we tackle protest and music. Songs that tell stories of the ways injustice plays out in our communities, songs about fighting back, and some more…unexpected selections, showing us that small acts of resistance are everywhere.

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Episode 17: Heartbreak

Real talk: We had this episode planned way before the orange chupacabra surprised everyone, including himself, and somehow won the U.S. Presidency. But the subject felt all too real for us this week as we reflected on the state of affairs, particularly for our queer POC familia. In this week’s episode, we talk about all our political feels, and then get into the music that brings us back to those broken-hearted love moments. It’s okay to have a big ol’ ugly cry, either for the one that got away, or for the scary political future we are facing. Cuídense, amores.

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Episode 16: 🇻🇪 Venezuela 🇻🇪

Today we have a first for you: a full episode dedicated to musicians from one country. Esta vez: Venezuela! Though by no means a survey of the vast musical output and traditions of  Vero’s magical homeland, we bring you some of our faves, old standbys, and hints about movidas and heavyweights in the country and across the diaspora. Está cheverísimo, so no te lo pierdas!

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Episode 15: Halloween 🎃

Ok, confesamos: this might be the weirdest song collection you’ve ever gotten from us. But strange is the order of the day, porque this week’s episode brings you songs inspired by Halloween, that curious U.S. holiday of pumpkins and (hopefully non-racist, non-sexist) costumes. So grab your masks, put on your best vampiresa makeup, or drip some fake blood on your face and get spooky with us!

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Episode 14: Puro Pari

Are you ready to PARI??? Today’s episode is all about the jamz that make us want to turn up on the dance floor. Fair warning: you might find yourself doing a lil meneaito…or tirándolo pa trá (TRA TRA TRA). And because we couldn’t keep to just a few songs, we made you a pari playlist (below!).

La rumba está buena – don’t miss it!

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NOW BOOKING! MENÉALO: LATINX MUSIC AND LIFE

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We love what we do at Radio Menea so much we’ve decided we want to bring our discussions about Latinx music and life to your campuses and communities, live and in person! We’re looking to partner with colleges and other groups to bring us to present Menéalo: Latinx Music and Life, a entertaining mix of music and discussion about Latinx identity and politics.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Check out our flyer and get in touch: radiomenea@gmail.com! Now booking for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 events.

Episode 13: Class

This week we’re bringing you an extra special treat: our first ever Radio Menea guest! Maria Elena Pérez joins us to talk about songs we love that deal with class-related themes. Songs about money struggles, about why materialism is overrated, songs about love across class divides, and more.

But we’re also bringing this theme because we want to talk about the activist movement that brought us together–reproductive justice. Next week is the 40th anniversary of a really crappy piece of legislation called the Hyde Amendment, which basically keeps low-income folks, and people on other forms of government insurance (government employees, military, people with disabilities) from using their insurance coverage to pay for their abortions. We think it’s total bs, so we’re taking this week’s episode to shout out the United for Abortion Coverage Week of Action, and emphasize that being poor shouldn’t determine what healthcare you can access.

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Episode 12: JuanGa

When we heard the news, we were speechless. Juan Gabriel was not just a singer and a songwriter – he was legendary. Over the years his songs brought us joy, his fabulous outfits gave us life, and his flamboyant performances served as the launchpad for countless family conversations about sexuality and gendered performance. For queer Latinxs, he was one of our icons. This is a Radio Menea first: we’re dedicating today’s entire episode to one artist’s life, music, and impact. Que en paz descanses, JuanGa – we’ll never forget you.

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Episode 11: Throwback

Sometimes you need to reach back to the music of your childhood. The songs you grew up with, the songs you made up dances to with your primos and performed in front of the familia. The classics that remind you of your first love, or learning salsa with your papi and tios.

This episode we’re bringing you some of our favorite throwback songs, complete with amazing 80’s fashion and feelings.

Listen on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher and Google Play. Music below! Enjoy the adventure back in time.

Also you should check out this super lovely write-up of Radio Menea on Remezcla. Gracias to Isabelia Herrera for capturing us so well!

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