WXPN Debuts â€˜Latin Rootsâ€™ Series on World Cafe
January 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM (PT)
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Triple A WXPN/PHILADELPHIA is adding a new biweekly series entitled "Latin Roots" to its nationally syndicated WORLD CAFE program.
Latin Roots explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people, from the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton. The series will air every other THURSDAY (starting 1/12) during the second hour of WORLD CAFE. Latin Roots programming will also be available at wx.pn/Q.
Host DAVID DYE will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, DYE and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music. The first installment will feature Grammy-winning producer, musician, composer and Latin music expert AARON LEVINSON who will share two Salsa tracks.
Latin Roots will feature other expert guests including FELIX CONTRERAS, a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk and the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's new web-based program about Latin alternative music. TOM MOON will also serve as a guest contributor. MOON is a music reviewer for NPR and has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and music across the globe for more than 25 years.
"The goal of Latin Roots is to tease-out all the different styles and rhythms from around the globe and give us all an easy and up-to-date guide," said DYE. "It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by the variety. I'm excited to delve into this subject and bring new flavors to the show with every edition. I hope my listeners are ready to move their feet to some new rhythms!"