Buika: Sad Songs Are “Weapons of Mass Construction”

During this interview with Spanish singer Buika, I asked her a question I had always wanted to make to an artist able to convey the pain her music sometimes brings: if she carried that feeling with her all the time, and if she had to experience those feelings before expressing them. That was the beginning of a surprising conversation on the connection between art and pain.


The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

A conversation with Ilan Stavans, general editor of the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. Spanning over 2,500 pages, this unprecedented collection ranges from the writings of Bartolomé de las Casas to the lyrics of reggaetón, and is arguably the most comprehensive attempt at defining the Latino experience in existence.


Mimi Maura: Familiar Sounds

Midnerley Acevedo, a.k.a. Mimi Maura, and her husband Sergio Rotman, saxophone player for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, form one of the most powerful music duos in Latin American pop music — one with the potential of bringin together the traditions of the Caribbean and Argentinean rock with an ease that only a real-life couple can achieve.

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