SXSW 2018 Recap: Hip Hop, Latin Folk and Mexican Barbecue

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The 2018 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas has come to an end. But before the week-long fest finished, Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and NPR Music hip-hop correspondent Rodney Carmichael met up at a barbecue joint in Austin to dish about their favorite performances from the week.

Tierra Whack

“This is, like, my new favorite hip-hop artist right now,” Carmichael says. “She has this song called ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ … that she laid down rough vocals for and she never went back and cleaned them up. It sounds so good, and her energy on stage was so incredible.”

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La Cuneta Son Machin

“They do a combination of Nicaraguan folk music mixed with jazz, mixed with ska, mixed with a bit of rock,” Contreras says. “They blew the roof of this place.”

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“She’s up on the stage; this tall, thin, regal-looking black woman with an afro that adds another five feet to her stature,” Carmichael says. “It’s just a mix of soul and funk and classical thrown in.”

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Hear the full conversation at the audio link.

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