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10 Afro-Latino Bands You Need to Check Out

Featuring La Tribu de Abrante, Liniker e os Caramelows, Los Rakas, Novalima, and more.

From the marimba to guaguancó, cumbia to call-and-response, the African heritage of Latin America extends to almost all of its musical genres. In some cases, this heritage is part of a fusion of different cultures; while in others, it's rooted in African-derived musical traditions that have been preserved for generations.

The following list, which is neither comprehensive nor definitive, is an introduction to ten bands that fall somewhere along this spectrum, from the formal experimentation of Puerto Rico's La Tribu de Abrante to Río Mira's mission to celebrate the traditional music, culture, and history of the El Pacífico region in Ecuador and Colombia. Overall, the bands on this list—emphasis on bands, there are no solo artists here—range from established acts to relative newcomers, with deep ties to Africa, and an abiding respect for musical traditions that, in turn, provide a platform for afrodescendientes throughout the region.

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