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We are two Afro-Latin PhDs taking an anti-racist approach to center the contribution of Black people and culture across Latin America and its diaspora through dance and music. Our work aims to:- educate consumers of Afro-Latin culture on its Black roots- highlight the work of Black artists, dancers, and scholars across the Americas- develop a practice of anti-racism in the Afro-Latin dance scene 🇵🇷 🇨🇴
 
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La canción de hoy, Loíza, es parte del álbum debut de Tego Calderón, El Abayarde. En Loíza, Tego mezcla una colección de ritmos modernos con la bomba puertorriqueña, y remata la mezcla con incisivas letras, que en este caso critican la forma en que políticos, agentes del orden público, oficiales del gobierno, y personas pudientes en Puerto Rico, di…
 
Today's song, Loíza, is part of Tego Calderón’s extremely successful debut album, El Abayarde. In Loíza, Tego mixes an assortment of modern beats with bomba, and topples the mixture with his signature sharp lyrics which in this case criticize the way in which politicians, law enforcement, government officials, and wealthy individuals in Puerto Rico…
 
In this episode nos dedicamos a perrear. We visit the roots and development of reggaetón, learning about the economically disadvantaged, Caribbean Afro-descendant youth who rebelled the rhythm into existence. We also learn about the musical elements of the rhythms and about the dance of reggaetón, touching briefly on reggaetón's relation to Dembow.…
 
Las expertas folcloristas, maestras Edelmira Massa Zapata @elpalenquededelia y Rosita Lozano @frampezcolombia nos comparten su conocimiento sobre los orígenes de la cumbia y lo que representa para la cultura colombiana y latinoamericana, resaltando el profundo encuentro de las culturas Africana y Amerindia en el corazón de la cumbia. Edelmira Massa…
 
La distinguida palenquera Matilde Herrera Hernández, profesora de bailes folclóricos colombianos con más de 50 años de experiencia, estudiada etnoeducadora, directora y coreógrafa del Grupo de Danzas Kumbé, nos habla sobre Palenque, sobre su lenguaje, su cultura y su legado a la cultura colombiana. San Basilio de Palenque es un pueblo en el departa…
 
La canta-autora de bailes cantaos Nelda Piña, del grupo Nelda Piña y sus Tambores, nos comparte un poco de su biografía y de su conocimiento sobre las raíces del bullerengue y de la cumbia. Ella también nos habla sobre las contribuciones de la gente negra a estos ritmos y menciona la importancia de apoyar a la juventud en los lugares donde estos ri…
 
En esta canción Nelda Piña rinde homenaje al pueblo de San Basilio de Palenque, su música, su influencia cultural, y sus profundas raíces negras. Aunque para ser precisos, Palenque tiene raíces negras, tronco negro, ramas negras, y hermosas flores negras. ¡El árbol completo es negro! En este episodio tenemos la fortuna de tener a Nelda Piña reflexi…
 
In Palenquero (Palenque Man) singer and songwriter Nelda Piña pays homage to the town of San Basilio de Palenque, to its music, its cultural influence, and its deep Black roots . Although to be precise, Palenque has Black roots, Black trunk, Black branches and Black, beautiful flowers. The whole tree is black! Were we listening? In this episode we …
 
En este episodio nos vamos para Colombia, la amada madre patria de nuestro host Andrés. ¡Este largo viaje a América del Sur lo hacemos para hablar sobre la cumbia! Este ritmo, hijo del caribe colombiano, se ha expandido a muchos países incluyendo Mexico, Argentina, y Perú. Su difusión ha sido tan amplia que los amantes de la cumbia a veces no están…
 
In this episode we visit host Andrés' beloved motherland: Colombia! We travel all the way to South America to talk about Cumbia! This rhythm, child of the Colombian Caribbean, has expanded to many countries including Mexico, Argentina, and Perú. Its diffusion has been so widespread that cumbia enthusiasts are sometimes unaware of where the rhythm i…
 
En Rebelión, la canción más famosa de Joe Arroyo, el Joe nos lleva en un viaje desde la tristeza sin nombre de la esclavitud en general, al dolor específico de una pareja negra esclavizada, y en últimas a la rebelión del hombre negro suscitada por el deseo de proteger a su pareja. ¿Estábamos escuchando? Con este episodio, el último de este año 2021…
 
In Rebelión, Joe Arroyo's most famous song, El Joe take us from the nameless sorrow of slavery in general, to the specific pain and ultimate rebellion of a black, enslaved man sparked by the desire to protect his partner. Were we listening? With this last episode of 2021 we are celebrating that our Mix(ed)tape Playlist of Afro-Latin songs has now m…
 
In África Terra Querida (Africa Beloved Motherland) singer and songwriter Paulo Flores displays his poetic lyricism with a candid, melancholic description of various situations that depict life in the African continent and in Angola in particular, ranging from the relationship with elders, to interactions between neighbors, to the extremely popular…
 
En África Terra Querida (África Tierra Querida), el cantante y compositor Paulo Flores @paulofloresmusic demuestra su lírica poética con una cándida y melancólica descripción de varias situaciones que ejemplifican la vida en el continente africano y en Angola en particular, que van desde la relación con los mayores, a las interacciones entre vecino…
 
Our season so far has consisted of Afro-Latin rhythms. This month we are taking a trip across the ocean, away from the Americas all the way to Africa, because the rhythm we are talking about today is… Kizomba!!! We travel to Angola to talk about the history of Kizomba and the socio-political and cultural context in which it developed. We talk about…
 
El Negrito del Batey (The Black Man from the Batey) composed by Hector J. Díaz and Medardo Guzmán, in the voice of Alberto Beltrán with La Sonora Matancera, is a signature merengue song that many people in Latin America easily recognize. The song presents us with an intoxicating combination of rhythm and lyrics, which appear to walk right into the …
 
El Negrito del Batey composición de Hector J. Díaz y Medardo Guzmán, en la voz de Alberto Beltrán con La Sonora Matancera, es un clásico del merengue que mucha gente en América Latina identifica fácilmente. La canción nos ofrece una combinación intoxicante de ritmo y letra que inicialmente da la impresión de caer en la trampa de estereotipar a la g…
 
This episode is named after the song Yo Soy El Merengue in honor of the late Johnny Ventura who died July 2021. But, who is the merengue? What is it? How is it danced? What is the Black contribution to this contagious rhythm, staple of house parties not only in its birthplace the Dominican Republic, but also in other Latin American countries such a…
 
In this single we celebrate the first anniversary of our podcast and reflect on the knowledge that all of our incredible guests have generously shared with us. We talk about our mission to advance anti-racism in the Afro-Latin dance community and we also reflect on our work in season one, Were You Listening?, our singles and our ongoing second seas…
 
Caribe Soy (I'm Caribbean) by Ramón Torres is a great fit to accompany our Señora Bachata Mix(ed)tape Podcast episode because, among the many bachata songs expressing some version of national pride, Caribe Soy is one of the only ones that uses the formula of national or regional pride while also explicitly recognizing the African roots of the regio…
 
We all know that in dance socials in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, if you’ve danced three or four salsa songs, La Señora Bachata is coming your way! In this episode we embark on a difficult voyage to explore the black roots of bachata. The fascinating development of this popular rhythm reveals conflicts of racial identity that exist in …
 
In Las Caras Lindas De Mi Gente Negra (The Beautiful Faces Of My Black People) Ismael Rivera interprets Tite Curet Alonso's ode of love to black people, masterfully injecting his brilliant soneo. The main two ingredients in Tite Curet’s ode are the obvious, intrinsic joy and beauty of black people, and the sorrow that has accompanied blackness in t…
 
We explore our favorite Afro-Latin rhythm (or more precisely, blend of rhythms): Salsa! Our exploration includes a historical contextualization of the development of salsa, highlighting the role of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Latin@s broadly as well as the rhythmical richness inherited from Africa. We also provide a description of the introduction and dif…
 
In Ojos Chinos El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico reveals a blind spot with respect to people of Asian descent. The song is a confusing act that oscillates between appreciation and mockery of Asian and Asian-Hispanic people. Although we love El Gran Combo here at The Mix(ed)tape Podcast, would this love we have for El Gran Combo be true if we weren’t wil…
 
Due to the rise in anti-Asian hate and the shooting in Atlanta last month we decided to follow on our antiracist principles and delay our next rhythms episode to devote the month of April to explore Asian and Asian American experiences through the lens of dancers from the Afro-Latin dance community. Susan Mykalcio, our graphics content creator and …
 
In Elogio a Nieves Fresneda, El Goyo Hernández constructs a eulogy to Nieves Fresneda, an icon of Afro-Cuban folklore, based on the myriad of instruments and rhythms that exist in Afro-Cuban folklore. In the construction of this episode we received help from our previous guest the great Marisol Blanco and from her main instructor, Alfredo O’Farrill…
 
Marisol Blanco met with host Andrés Hincapié for the most recent episode of our second season, which was devoted to Afro Cuban rhythms. The conversation with Marisol was so rich, we knew we had to find a way to let ya’ll listen to the whole thing in Marisol’s own voice. So we made it into a Single. This episode is in Spanish, so if you understand S…
 
In Canto das Três Raças, Clara Nunes, with her deep ties to popular Brazilian music, becomes the perfect interpreter for a song that unveils the sorrow hidden in plain sight in the sounds of Brazil. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we …
 
In the words of our guest Pablo Guerreiro, samba is a connection between heaven, earth and humans, it’s a movement, it’s what transforms, what makes everything. We explore historical events that played an important role in the development of samba, consolidating it as a symbol of Brazilian identity. We also talk to samba dancers Charis Railey and A…
 
In Herencia Africana Yuri Buenaventura reveals a strong connection with and awareness of the African roots of the culture of the Pacific coast of Colombia, where he was born and grew up. Yuri was requested by our listener Carmen Dence in St. Louis, MO, who is the director of folkloric dance company Grupo Atlántico, where host Andrés used to dance. …
 
Ismael (Maelo) Rivera often sung about blackness and racism. In this song, through his captivating storytelling style of soneo, Maelo tells a story as old as time – anti-blackness and the hate crimes associated with it. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If y…
 
Even though ChocQuibTown is a hip-hop band in “Salsa & Choke” they experiment with a different, more recent rhythm called “salsa choke’’ which was molded in the Pacific coast of Colombia, a majority black region, by mixing elements from all over the continent. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact …
 
This track's song is "La Quiero Negra" by Joe Arroyo. This hidden gem doesn't focus on the black woman's body. Instead, it presents the black woman as a human being, victim of discrimination, but most importantly, her own beacon of virtue and wisdom. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: the…
 
This track's song is "Bembelequa" by Celia Cruz. It’s easy to be so captivated by Celia’s unique voice, tongue twisting phrases, and the rhythms of the band, that we forget to stop and listen to the story she seeks to tell. Who is Bembelequa? For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtap…
 
We explore meanings, connotations and uses of "negrita" and the implications of such uses. Our guests Andrea Bolivar, Briana Harrison and William Garcia-Medina help us navigate the topic. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you liked the music we used check…
 
This track's song is "Esto te pone la cabeza mala" by Juan Formell y los Van Van. If you have danced to Los Van Van music and thought “they really get me” with the fusion and homage to African influence, it's because they really do get you. It's their deliberate approach. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel he…
 
This track's song is "Mi negrita me espera" interpreted by Ismael "Maelo" Rivera. Normal details of life are made song through the lens of a black couple. The song highlights a simple but powerful fact: normalcy also belongs to black people. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtape…
 
This track's song is "Buenaventura y caney" interpreted by Grupo Niche, an ode of love to Buenaventura, a majority black Colombian town that has suffered great inequality and injustice for decades. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we u…
 
We translate and comment the song "Bemba colorá" interpreted by la reina de la salsa, Celia Cruz. This is a classic example of festive salsa music hiding deeper meaning in plain sight. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we use check our …
 
We start our "Were you listening?" series with the song "Raza" by Alexander Abreu and Havana D'Primera feat. Osain del Monte For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we use check our playlists here. Host/Director of Series: Andrés Hincapié, Ph…
 
Together with three guests from the dance community we dive into the nuances of colorism within various ethnic identities. We also talk about actionable steps to make our dance space more welcoming. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we …
 
We discuss the main insights regarding racism and the dance community from our conversations with social and professional dancers in the Afro-Latin dance scene. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we use check our playlists here. Host/Dir…
 
We talk about coping and empathy when consuming distressing news about police brutality and racism. We also talk about the late Chadwick Boseman and his impact on the culture. We introduce the concept of "Singles." “Singles” will be episodes that might appear out of sequence from what we had originally planned to deliver. They might be centered on …
 
We let our listeners take charge of this anti-racist project. Our listeners share their impressions and experiences in dance communities locally and abroad. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we use check our playlists here. Host/Directo…
 
We continue our conversion with Lauren Wilmore (Ballroom, NYC) and Kimberly Nicole (Kizomba, NC) regarding how race & racism intersects with professional Afro-Latin and African dance, dance classes, dance team management, and dance businesses. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedta…
 
We talk with Lauren Wilmore (Ballroom, NYC) and Kimberly Nicole (Kizomba, NC) about how race & racism intersects with professional Afro-Latin and African dance, dance classes, dance team management, and dance businesses. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If …
 
We talk to social dancers Sharita Thomas and Victor Connor about the ways in which racism manifests in the Latin Dance scene during socials, classes, and congresses. For more info and resources check our website here and our YouTube channel here. Contact us at: themixedtapepodcast@gmail.com If you like the music we use check our playlists here. Hos…
 
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