Aquí y Ahora: Without Borders


Welcome to Aquí y Ahora, the special KEXP´s programming for Latinx Heritage Month, officially celebrated from September 15th to October 15th in the United States. For us, this month represents an opportunity to continue amplifying the music, stories, and presence of Latinx, Latine, and Hispanic communities in the United States and the diaspora in our on-air, in-person, and digital world. Aquí y Ahora: Without Borders 2023 will beat strongly from September 18th to October 12th all across KEXP. On this page, you'll find exclusive content that we've prepared for the 2023 edition, as well as a direct gateway to the Latin (and bilingual) music constellation of the only station Where the Music Matters.

Join us on Monday, September 18th, to kick off Aquí y Ahora with special on-air programming all day long, focusing on the local community in the PNW. Expect exclusive performances, stories, podcasts, and tons of great music throughout the month.

Recognizing the need for action to create a more equitable world through art, Aqui y Ahora will celebrate La Cultura by presenting a musical blueprint in constant construction, inviting our listeners and community to dive into it throughout the month and for all eternity that the internet provides. KEXP Latino is not just the El Sonido show every Monday night; it's also El Sonido Podcast and its first season, "Cancioneros"; it's El Sonido Live and the six Ibero-American bands that traveled to record their "Live on KEXP" sessions on July; it's our remote broadcasts in Latin America, which took us to Mexico for the second time in March 2023, and most importantly, it's a constant and integral presence on our airwaves at FM 90.3 Seattle, reaching the world through And, again, this is just the beginning.

Bienvenidos a Aquí y Ahora, la programación especial que KEXP propone para el Mes de la Herencia Latina, celebrado oficialmente del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre en los Estados Unidos. Para nosotros, este mes representa una oportunidad para seguir amplificando la música, las historias y la presencia de las comunidades Latinx, latinas e hispanas en los Estados Unidos y la diáspora gobal en nuestra programación del aire, en persona y digital. Aquí y Ahora: Sin fronteras latirá fuerte desde el 18 de septiembre hasta el 12 de octubre en todo KEXP. En esta página de inicio, encontrarás contenido exclusivo que hemos preparado para la edición 2023, así como un acceso directo a la constelación musical latina (y bilingüe) de la única estación Where the Music Matters.

Acompáñanos el lunes 18 de septiembre para dar inicio a Aquí y Ahora con una programación especial en el aire durante todo el día, con un enfoque en la comunidad local en el PNW. Habrá performances exclusivas, historias, podcasts y buena música durante todo el mes.

Reconociendo la necesidad de tomar medidas para crear un mundo más equitativo a través del arte, Aquí y Ahora celebrará la cultura presentando un mapa musical en constante construcción al que nuestros oyentes y comunidad podrán sumergirse durante todo el mes y por toda la eternidad que nos brinda internet. KEXP Latino no es solo el programa El Sonido de los lunes por la noche; también incluye El Sonido Podcast y su primera temporada, "Cancioneros"; es El Sonido Live y las seis bandas iberoamericanas que viajaron para grabar sus sesiones Live on KEXP en julio; son nuestras transmisiones remotas en América Latina, que nos llevaron a México por segunda vez en marzo de este año, y, sobre todo, es presencia integral y constante en nuestras ondas tanto en la FM 90.3 Seattle como en nuestra transmisión global desde De nuevo, esto es solo el comienzo. 

Aqui y Ahora 2023 Kick-Off Day

On Monday, September 18th, we kicked off Aqui y Ahora with special on-air programming all day long, focusing on the local community in the PNW.

  • Early with Eva Walker
  • The Morning Show with DJ Chilly and Mike Ramos & Dj Afreeesha 
  • The Midday Show with Albina & Gold Chisme
  • The Afternoon Show with Larry Mizell Jr. & La Mala Noche
  • Drive Time with Riz & Julie Herrera and Cristina Ortiz
  • El Sonido with DJ Chilly and Albina & GZ Radio (Vera Project)

If you missed a minute, revisit the day of programming below!


Join your musical favorites — Live on KEXP and Tiny Desk by NPR Music — for a celebration of Latin music with Aqui y Ahora and El Tiny 2023! With 15 new live sessions coming your way, we will journey through the diverse corners of Latin America and Ibero-American alternative music with artists making waves all around the world.

Subscribe to NPRmusic and the Live on KEXP YouTube channels to be notified as these sessions drop, and stay tuned to discover the best artists from today and tomorrow. And keep scrolling for some past KEXP in-studio sessions featuring artists from across the Latin diaspora.

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B-Side – Mexico: Revolution Rock

KEXP and Indie Rocks Magazine Mexico are teaming up once again to celebrate Aqui y Ahora 2023, exploring the present and future of Mexican rock. From the dreamy shoegaze of Mint Field to the feminist grunge of Margaritas Podridas, and from the experimental soundscapes of Amor Muere to the ancestral punk vibes of Los Cogelones, join Albina Cabrera from El Sonido and Cynthia Flores from Indie Rocks Magazine Mexico & Alianza FARO on a journey to uncover 15 musical projects that are shaping the Mexican rock scene. Listen to this special episode of El Sonido in both English and Spanish on your favorite podcast platform, and follow KEXP and Indie Rocks Magazine on Instagram and TikTok to discover video episodes featuring these 15 bands of the present and future.

Songs of the Day

For the week of September 25-29th, the Songs of the Day were selected by KEXP DJ Albina Cabrera, co-host of El Sonido, in honor of Aquí y Ahora: Without Borders. Check out her picks below:

El Sonido: Cancioneros

El Sonido: Cancioneros is the first season of KEXP’s newest podcast series, El Sonido, and the first produced fully in Spanish. Subscribe below, or to the KEXP Podcasts channel on YouTube to follow along with English subtitles. 


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In Three Albums

Back in July, KEXP presented El Sonido Live, a free concert in KEXP’s courtyard celebrating Ibero-American music and community. In the spirit of our El Sonido: Cancioneros podcast, we asked our featured artists to talk through their personal songbooks by sharing three albums that have inspired them. Check them out below:

El Sonido Best of 2020 Mixtape



Even though 2020 wasn’t the best year, there was an outstanding amount of great music released. In this video playlist, El Sonido hosts DJ Chilly and Albina Cabrera talk about what happened in Latin music while watching a few of our highlights. Tune in to El Sonido every Monday from 7-10pm PT on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle or listen back in our streaming archive.

El Sonido 10th Anniversary Special

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KEXP is excited to share the El Sonido 10th Anniversary Special which premiered on KEXP’s YouTube channel on May 22, 2021. 

Hosts of El Sonido, DJ Chilly and Albina, share exclusive interview clips, memories of past in-studio sessions and brand new performances from artists, including Juan Wauters, Mula, Francisca Valenzuela, Tres Leches, Terror/Cactus, and more!

Watch below: