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Why the hottest new thing in Latin music sounds a lot like the music of the past

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Friday, February 2, 2024 - 2:33pm
Updated: Friday, February 2, 2024 - 2:34pm

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The Grammys are this weekend, the biggest celebration of the best and the brightest in the music world.

This year, at least a few of those artists are from a new genre of sorts — or maybe it’s an old genre that’s finding a new audience.

It’s being called regional Mexican music, for lack of a better phrase. And it’s exploded in popularity in the last few years. It encompasses everything from corridos to cumbia, and it’s being driven by a new generation of young artists from both sides of the border.

The Show spoke more about it with Anamaria Sayre, co-host of NPR’s Alt.Latino.

Anamaria Sayre
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Anamaria Sayre

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