Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Rebels On The Dance Floor: New Songs From Chile, Colombia And Beyond

An image from the cover of the Rebel Diaz album <em>Radical Dilemma.</em>
Courtesy of the artist
An image from the cover of the Rebel Diaz album Radical Dilemma.
Hear The Show

A strange thing happened as we taped Alt.Latino this week — something so odd, so earthshaking and so out of this world that no one is quite sure where to go from here. Felix Joaquin Contreras started dancing.

It was the '80s-infused pop ballad "Lost You" by Zeds Dead (featuring Twin Shadow and D'Angelo Lacy) that did it. Contreras, lover of jams and relaxing music, started moving his feet, cocking his head slightly. And before we knew it, he'd ripped his shirt off, run out of the studio and into the newsroom area to breakdance on the editorial table. Decades of not dancing to pop had taken their toll — though, to be fair, Felix dances to cumbia quite well.

OK, that last part did not happen, though I wish it had. But Felix does finally confess that I've been influencing his tastes. Once a dancer, I love indie pop and bring it to the show often-- and frankly, after years of co-hosting Alt.Latino, Felix has been changing my tastes. I now enjoy trippier, mellower "soundscapes," as he calls them.

But the most influence is wielded by you, our listeners. You constantly send us recommendations for great new bands and singles that expand our musical worldview. So please, tell us what music is making you want to jump on your boss' table and break it down.

Copyright 2024 NPR. To see more, visit

Jasmine Garsd
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.