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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jul 27, 2014La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.
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Jul 24, 2014 — Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. Watch him perform "Mana" at KCRW.
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Jul 23, 2014 — The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.
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Jul 20, 2014 — Quetzal has spent two decades playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.
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Jul 12, 2014 — Join us as we head to the annual gathering of up-and-comers and true legends. This year we also spoke to key decision-makers in the business.
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Jul 2, 2014 — Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.
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Jun 28, 2014 — A founder of the Latin rock band Pistolera, Cordero uses her new solo album, Recordar, to shed light on a time in Latin American history when important voices were silenced.
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Jun 26, 2014Alt.Latino celebrates its fourth birthday with musicians from Winnipeg to Buenos Aires. Together, the selections reflect a new Latino identity, with sounds both new and traditional.
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Jun 19, 2014 — Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, The Echocentrics, Ocote Soul Sounds and Spanish Gold all capture the vision of the Austin musician. This week on Alt.Latino, Quesada spins some of his favorite music.
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Jun 15, 2014 — A Latin funk, Black Sabbath tribute reminds listeners of the timeless sound the iconic heavy metal band made, with horns, congas and attitude.
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