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Cafe Tacvba's Groundbreaking Influence, Then And Now

Cafe Tacvba's 1994 album <em>Re</em> changed Latin music as we know it.
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Cafe Tacvba's 1994 album Re changed Latin music as we know it.

We're always thrilled to share new music. But this week is a special treat, as some of Alt.Latino's favorite new artists release new music that's driving us crazy (in a good way). We also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cafe Tacvba's album Re — a crucial, seminal record that changed Latin music as we know it.

Any lover of contemporary Latin music will tell you that when Re came out, there was a moment of pause: This is how Latin rock is supposed to sound. It's cool to hear "El Aparato" alongside newer artists who were clearly inspired by the Mexican music legends.

As if that weren't enough to have us happily humming throughout the week, we've got an interview about the new film The Book Of Life with NPR's Mandalit Del Barco. Not only does the film look stellar, but it also features a spine-tingling rendition of Cafe Tacvba's "El Aparato."

So join us for another jam-packed, dance-inducing episode of Alt.Latino — and, as always, let us know what you think in the Comments.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
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