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SXSW Award Winner Nuevo Rico’s Psychedelic Visions of Latinx Futurism

Culture|FILM 

SXSW Award Winner Nuevo Rico’s Psychedelic Visions of Latinx Futurism

Puerto Rican Filmmaker Kristian Mercado Figueroa sat down with Alissa Lopez Serfozo to discuss his new short animated film, “Nuevo Rico,” which recently won a jury award at the SXSW film festival. Conceived as a piece of Latinx Futurism, the dystopian short is rendered in a vibrant vapor-wave palette of [...]

Live Sessions: duendita Performs Ethereal New Song, bio

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Live Sessions: duendita Performs Ethereal New Song, bio

The enigmatic sadness that exists in certain music and artwork, possesses duende according to Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Duende, as Lorca once described, is that “mysterious power which everyone senses and no philosopher explains.” It’s the inexplicable artistic revelation that derives from experiencing darkness and pain. The concept of [...]

Salt Cathedral on Billingual Lyrics, Colombian Identity, and Collaborative Partnership

Culture|SH*TS N GIGS 

Salt Cathedral on Billingual Lyrics, Colombian Identity, and Collaborative Partnership

Brooklyn-based, Colombian duo Salt Cathedral connected with Alissa Lopez Serfozo to discuss the subterranean cave cathedral that inspired their name, the dream-like Carribean sounds of Brooklyn, music that makes you dance and feel good, and their belief that Colombians share a deeply rooted cultural resilience. Speaking from their home in [...]

The Gender-Bending Costa Rican Singer Who Redefined Ranchera Music

Culture|QUEER ICONS 

The Gender-Bending Costa Rican Singer Who Redefined Ranchera Music

With “la voz áspera de la ternura,” there’s no mistaking the iconic sound of Chavela Vargas. Born Isabel Vargas Lizano in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica, in 1919, Vargas got her start when she left her native country as a teenager to pursue a career in Mexico’s growing entertainment [...]