Aquí y Ahora: Without Borders

AQUÍ Y AHORA: Without Borders

Join KEXP for Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now): Without Borders, September 13 through October 15, a month dedicated to amplifying the voices, stories, and music of the communities of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latin and Latinx diaspora around the world.

Knowing that we need to take action to create a more equitable world through art, Aqui y Ahora will celebrate the contributions, resilience, and music of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities across the world with exclusive performances, podcasts, stories, and tons of great music on-air throughout the month. This is a musical conversation for the entire hemisphere, and it is just the beginning.

For our listeners in Mexico, tune into the Midday Show with DJ Cheryl Waters on September 13 at 12 PM PT with for a special announcement! 

Únete a KEXP para Aquí y Ahora (Here and Now): Without Borders, del 13 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, un mes dedicado a amplificar las voces, historias y, fundamentalmente, la música de las comunidades de América Latina, el Caribe y la diáspora latina alrededor del mundo.

Sabiendo que debemos tomar medidas para crear un mundo más equitativo a través del arte, Aquí y Ahora celebrará las contribuciones, el espíritu de resistencia y la música de las comunidades de latinoamericanes en todo el mundo con sesiones exclusivas, podcasts, historias detrás de las canciones y toneladas de buena música al aire durante todo el mes. Esta es una conversación musical para todo el hemisferio y es solo el comienzo.

Para nuestros oyentes en México, sintonicen The Midday Show con DJ Cheryl Waters el 13 de septiembre a las 12 PM PT con para enterarse de un anuncio muy especial.

Here and Now, Sin Fronteras:

A Look at KEXP's Aquí y Ahora Celebration and Beyond

Albina Cabrera, KEXP's Latin American Content Producer & co-host of El Sonido, reflects on Aquí y Ahora: Without Borders.

Each edition will be centered on different voices, renew commitments, update perspectives, and constantly bring them back into the discussion for infinity. This way, we will work on sustaining a real connection with our community of music lovers worldwide, allowing them, essentially, to access the songbook of the present and the future of Latin America, its international diaspora, and Spain. In 2021, KEXP kicks off this month-long sound journey by reviewing the work done so far, sharing its best stories, partnering with different countries on the continent, generating exclusive audio and video content with your favorite artists and expanding the calendar beyond its limits. As I said on another occasion, this is an intercontinental musical conversation without borders, and this is only the beginning.

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Freakout Flyaway Contest

In November, Seattle’s Freakout Festival joins the NRMAL Festival from Mexico for a special edition that will bring together key talents from Latin America performing live in Seattle. And KEXP has a special opportunity for our listeners in Mexico.

Enter to win flights, accomodations, and tickets for two to the Freakout Festival on November 11-14.

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Breaking Borders: Nine Collaborations to Listen To, Here and Now

If anything defines Latin America, that’s the common sense of union. In this list — chosen by members of Faro, an alliance of cultural media across nine different countries in Ibero-America — we share a selection of recent collaborations between artists from different countries which reflects a collaborative and versatile spirit, nourished by sounds and genres of all the continent. There are also unexpected unions which take the listener to a whole new world to discover. As if they were organic links, a key to new discographies to listen to, these songs celebrate the artistic union without borders.

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Live on KEXP Sessions


From Sept. 13 to Oct. 15 we'll be hosting sessions with artists from across the Latin diaspora on KEXP's YouTube channel. This includes special Live on KEXP at Home sessions as well as the return to our traditional Live on KEXP sessions filmed at our Seattle building. Subscribe to our channel to catch these must-see sessions and look forward to more in the coming months. 

El Shirota
Generación Suicida
Amor Elefante
Ambar Lucid
Ghetto Kumbé
Las Ligas Menores
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Amor Elefante and Las Ligas Menores sessions filmed at the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) in Argentina // photos by Julieta Maria

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 22nd. 

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!

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