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Alt.Latino: Old-School Disco And Brand-New Styles


I'll admit that disco is not, and has never been, my thing. In any language. I lived through the disco era and came out of it jaded. I thought disco was superficial, coke-fueled dance music. How could it also be profound?

Well, guess what time has done to my prejudices? Now I think the Saturday night Fever soundtrack kills. This week, we explore the profundities of 1980s post-disco from Spain. But the groove doesn't end there: A Colombian group is taking over New York with a unique style it calls glampeta, while a Chilean MC takes us down memory lane.

When you see the photo on this page, you might think, "Oh, wow, '80s hair! Too much makeup! Glitter!" But take it from me, there is some deep music in this week's show. We dare you to sit still while listening.

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Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.