I recently had a very stimulating conversation with Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras. They are the hosts of Alt.Latino, NPR's program focusing exclusively on Latin Alternative music. Through an exclusive interview, I had the opportunity to ask different questions about one of the most exciting genres in Latin music. One of them was related to the current trends of Latin Alternative music and the kinds of things we can expect from this genre in 2012.
According to Jasmine and Felix, there are two issues that may be consolidated in 2012. One of them refers to the recent boom of female artists in the field. In order to highlight this phenomenon, Felix mentioned a few singers including artists like Mexican artist Carla Morrison, Luzelena Mendoza from the band Y La Bamba, and Indie Folk-Rock singer Gina Chavez.
Jasmine reinforced that idea by bringing the attention to the current boom of girl groups throughout Latin America. Some of these groups include bands such as Las Kellies from Argentina and Las Robertas from Costa Rica.
The other potential trend for 2012 could be a new popularity of Latin rappers who follow into the steps of innovative artists such as Calle 13, Los Rakas from Panama, Mala Rodriguez, and Ana Tijoux from Chile. This is, in fact, something Jasmine gets very excited about it: "One of the things I enjoyed the most this year were these mixes of Folk with Electronic, and I am wondering if next year it is going to be the year of Latin rappers. We will see".
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