The granddaddy of all latin music programs in Los Angeles, Alma del Barrio has been going strong on the airwaves of KXLU since the fall of 1973, when started by then-students Enrique “Kiki” Soto and Raul Villa.
**(The following two paragraphs were taken from an article about us in Latin Beat Magazine and best describes Alma del Barrio’s history and style.)**
Education about the music the show plays–its roots and its artists–was part of Raul and Kiki’s vision for the show, and remains an integral element of programming to this day. From ongoing readings of key segments of John Storm Roberts The Latin Tinge, to call in shows concerning immigration, specials on Benny Moré, golden oldies, and in-depth interviews with legends like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo and Andy González, Jerry González, Ray Barretto, Chucho Valdés, Los Papines, Cachao, Roberto Roena, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and many others, keep listeners informed.
Music critic Gregory Sandow described Alma del Barrio this way, in an article in time L.A. Herald Examiner: “Because it’s non-commercial, the show can be anything it wants, and in fact ends up
highlighting–and exemplifying–Latino culture of all kinds. Guests discuss Latino film, Latino poetry, or Latino painting; Spanish flows into English, and English into Spanish; listeners call in requests, celebrating life and love. And throughout all of it runs time pulsing rhythm of the music, spiked–listen to the bass, the piano, the layered percussion–with darting offbeats. It’s an enticing musical universe, the soul of a culture whose presence should enrich the lives of everyone who Jives here.”
Here are our top 20 favorite artists/albums of 2015, in alphabetical order.
1. Bobby Matos, Ritmo & Blues
2. Buena Vista Social Club, Lost And Found
3. Cita Rodriguez, En Un Homenaje A Graciela Perez
4. CSULA Afro Latin Jazz Emsemble, Get Up and Dance
5. Dayren Santamaria, Belleza
6. Doug Beavers Titanes Del Trombon, Titanes Del Trombon
7. Edwin Bonilla Y Su Son, Back To Basics
8. Jazz at The Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Live in Cuba
9. Jerry Gonzalez & Miguel Blanco Big Band, A Tribute to Forth Apache Band
10. José “El Canario” Alberto & Septeto Santiguero, Tributo A Los Compadres
11. Los Van Van, La Fantasia
12. Luis Marin, The One
13. Marco Diaz, Life Notes
14. Max Pollak, Rumbatap
15. Nils Fischer & Timbazo, Rumberos A Montón
16. Pete Perignon, ¡Aquí Llegó!
17. Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
18. The Echo Park Project, La Hora De Bailar
19. Tony Succar, Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson
20. Zaperoco, 30 Aniversario
The current on-air staff includes Michelle Lara, Gustavo Aragon, Cristina Banuelos, Andres Buritica, Jose Cristobal, Joaquin del Toro, Guido Herrera, Laura Herrera, Rosalva Lara, Eddie Lopez, Albert Price, Josue Sandigo, and Kat Soto.
¡QUE SIGA LA RUMBA!