Raices is a KUNM Volunteer Collective dedicated to bring listeners the rich and diverse Latin American,Chicano and Hispano musical roots and alternative culture, rhythms, instruments and singers or musicalgroups. From our particular life experience we all have an individual passion and love to share suchsongs and musical pieces you won’t hear anywhere else.

Raices Shows air Mondays 7:30 to 10 pm, Saturdays 2 to 5 pm. “Salsa Sabrosa” is also brought to you byRaices Collective Fridays 7 to 10 pm; and “Corazon Tanguero” every other Monday 9:30 to 10 pm.

“Espejos de Aztlán”, is a weekly half hour interview segment, every Monday 7 – 7:30 pm dedicated to bring you local news and cultural/political discussions affecting our Latino/Chicano/Hispano New Mexican communities from a social justice perspective.


Sat. 11/21, 2p: Best New Artist Grammy Award winner 2013, Los Angeles based singer and songwriter, Guatemalan Gaby Moreno seduces audiences with amazing vocal versatility: from blues and jazz to the most beloved Latin American songs, she can grab your heart  singing in Spanish or in English while strumming her guitar.


Sat. 10/17 2:15p: Las Cafeteras  is both a new and old sound from the Latino soul, nurturing a sense of "Latin Americanity":  a vibrant upbeat rythm coming from the son jarocho roots yet empowered with poetic and  socially committed lyrics blended in the cultural roundabout of Los Angeles.

The Palladium Project Poster

Mon. 10/5, 7:30p: We´ll warm your heart and your ears! with live flamenco music and an interview with dancers and musicians of "The Palladium Project", and Casa Flamenca founder, Jesús Muñoz.

They´ll perform :

- Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10th, 8pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 

Sat. 8/15, 3p: Samuel Formell, Director of the legendary Cuban musical group, LOS VAN VAN (2000 Latin Grammy award) converses with us about how Los Van Van managed to produce the most popular dance music in Cuba, and how it became one of the icons of Cuba. He also talks about his father´s legacy, bassist and Director Juan Formell, founder and leader from 1969 until his death in 2014, and about Los Van Van´s future.


Sat. 8/1st, 2:30p: Luis Maurette, from Argentina, and Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia met in Berklee College of Music in Boston. A love story was born in a nest of the Americas´music. Their compositions are woven with sophisticated electronic sounds, and yet grounded in folk music from the heart of their homelands. During this US Tour, the duet LULACRUZA celebrates their 10th Anniversary, with a 5th Album “Orcas”, a tribute to life through a soulful exploration of Latin American music.

Poster: Detail of Poster "Nacha Mendez sings Chavela Vargas" / http://www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/july-25-2015---nacha-mendez.html

Sat. 7/18, 3p: “Amor puro y duro” (Pure and hard love) is a documentary about Mexican music icon and legend, Chavela Vargas. In the documentary, her world is explored through the eyes and voice of Nacha Mendez, a beloved New Mexican singer.


Jun 19, 2015

Sat. 6/20, 3pm: He holds a  deep “Latin Americanity” sentimiento at his heart. Son of Paraguayan and Mexican parents raised in Canada, Boogat embraces his heritage creating  fearless rap poems, MC and electronic cumbia among his musical choices, sung in Spanish and French.

¡BraZil com S!

May 16, 2015

Sat. 5/16, 2:00p: What´s your favorite Portuguese word? BRAzIL com S! BRAzIL with S! Celebrate Portuguese Language Day & Dia do Português como Língua de Herança with us and Rodrigues-Walsh family on RAÍCES Show.


Sat. 4/25, 2:30p: Join Raíces Saturday afternoon on KUNM for a live in-studio performance by the New York-based ensemble Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia, in anticipation of their upcoming weekend performances in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Raquel relocated from New York to Albuquerque several years ago, and performances by Ojos are a rare treat.

Raices spent the day at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for the 22nd annual Cesar Chavez March and Fiesta.  There was poetry, music from Nosotros and Keith Sanchez and the Moon Theives, and a keynote address from the last of the "four horsemen of the Chicano movement" Jose Angel Gutierrez.  Our hosts Adam Aguirre and Guille Quiroz brought it to you live, along with some interviews with community organizers and leaders.


Sat. 3/28 2p:  Celebrate the legacy, life and work of the great American civil rights leader, César Chávez. KUNM and the Raices Collective will broadcast the 22nd Annual Cesar Chavez Day Fiesta live from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. There will be music, poetry and a keynote address from Chicano leader Jose Angel Gutierrez.  Our on-air broadcast starts at 2p but we’ll be streaming live from the fiesta starting at 12:00p.  Click here to listen.

Slumkat - http://www.slumkat.com/

Sat. Oct 4th, 2p: OCTOBER 4th is WORLD ANIMAL DAY established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence, Italy to celebrate endangered species and all kinds of animal life (in coincidence with  the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals).

Celebrate our best friends with Latin American songs that honor animal life: el tecolote, el caballo, la vicuña, el perro, el gato, el tucá guazú, el yurumí, and more! ¡FELIZ DÍA DE LOS ANIMALES!

Casa Flamenca


Mon. Sept. 29th, 7:30p: Jesús Muñoz of Casa Flamenca drops by to discuss his next performance, "Techarí". In the Gypsy Caló, techarí means ¨to be free¨-not under the control or power of another. He´ll share with us his inspiration for this new work . When & Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Journal Theater, Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 8pm

At 8:00 pm, Andrés Moreno and Colin Butts, cast members of the UNM production of the Federico García Lorca play, "As Five Years Pass" will open some surprises of this "pearl" of the theatre.


Sat. Sept. 27, 3p: From Colombia to the Globalquerque, the day after their big concert, Beto Jamaica and his band shared with RAÍCES stories about vallenato and its origins. Mr. Jamaica is one of the most important vallenato and cumbia musicians of his country, and winner as Rey of the "Leyenda Vallenata Festival" in 2006.

Enjoy with us the music and the conversation from the backyard of Armando Ortega´s house in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque with friends and sheep as our witnesses...

Faith Amour

Aug 1, 2014
Faith Amour / http://faithamourjazz.com

Sat. August 2nd at 3p: A descendent from the South American country Guyana and 2014 New Mexico Music Award for Best Jazz CD, Faith Amour shares her deep velvety voice with us. She takes us on a musical trip from her life in New Mexico, the Caribbean and African heritage of her ancestors, landing at a contemporary jazz with French flair.

Enjoy this conversation with artist Faith Amour about her choices as a musician, a singer, and a woman in the man's world of music.

Ms. Faith Amour will perform in Santa Fe from August 6 -12:

Cover: Las Alegres Ambulancias / www.lasalegresambulancias.com

Sat. 5 July, 3p: Las Alegres Ambulancias (Happy Ambulances) originally from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, are bringing their Afro Colombian culture to New Mexico.

In their first day in the USA, they ´ll share their music with RAÍCES LIVE! en vivo! We will chat about their 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu culture and traditions. Their drummers will shake KUNM!

They´ll perform and teach:

Sunday, JULY 6th, 2:00 pm, Dance Workshop, National Hispanic Cultural Center - Salón Ortega, 17o1 4th St. SW, Albuquerque

La Santa Cecilia / www.lasantacecilia.com - Profile Picture

Sat. 14 June, 3pm : Music and interview with "La Marisoul" o Marisol Hernández, lead singer of La Santa Cecilia, and José "Pepe" Carlos (accordion and requinto). Both have lots of stories to share: La Marisoul, a daughter of immigrants, lead a new generation of Latinos through social commentary with the Los Angeles based band. Pepe is a "Dreamer" and a member of this Grammy winning band (Best Latin Rock Album 2014) for their album Treinta Días. 

Percussion maestro Bobby Sanabria / www.bobysanabria.com

Mon. 18 May, 7:30p: Tune in to Raíces when we will feature the music of New York drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader Bobby Sanabria. We’ll talk about his life and times, and the music of the Puerto Rican and broader Latino community of New York, and of his beloved homeland the Boogie Down Bronx.

We’ll also get a taste of the just released “¡Qué Viva Harlem!”, a recording of the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Sanabria.

Cipriano Frederico Vigil, "New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del folklor Nuevomexicano"

Sat. 3 May, 2-4:15pm:

Composer, guitarrista and folk collector, CIPRIANO VIGIL  will come by to share his songs, stories, and his new book, "New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano" (UNM Press, 2014).

More info: www.newmexicofolkmusictreasure.com

And we´ll have a surprise! A Miguel de Cervantes character, PEDRO URDEMALAS will visit Raíces with a ristra de chile by the hand of the writer and advocate of traditional agriculture ESTEVAN ARELLANO.

Que tiene la Chacarera, by Sebastian Caceres, 2010

Sat. 5 April, 2p: Did you know that the Balkans moved to the Americas? Well... this Saturday, the Balkanazo Tropical is coming from Mexico!
Afterwards, we´ll move from North to South America with chacarera, music from the Argentinian folk heart: traditional, electronic, fusion with other genres, and even for children! Chacarera para todos los gustos! Y mucho más!

Picture: CD cover of Jorgito Kamankola-"Antes que lo prohiban"

Sat. 15 March 2:30pm, we´ll share the afternoon conversing with Jorgito KAMANKOLA from La Habana, CUBA about his new project: ANTES QUE LO PROHIBAN (Before it´s forbidden). Host: Cristina Baccin
Streaming on line: www.kunm.org
Picture: Jorgito Kamankola


Sat. 15 Feb. 2:30p: CARLOS NÚÑEZ, the magician of the gaita, Galician bagpipe, speaks with us about the magic of Galician celtic music, from the Northwestern region of Spain, and its relationship to the other celtic music traditions from around the world, including Latin America.  Our conversation is filled with sparks of light, mystery and revelation.

As part of Carlos Núñez 2014 North America Tour,  he will play in New Mexico:

Afro roots

Jan 16, 2014
“Osain” by Samuel Lind / Cover of the book: "CapáCapa Prieto" de Yvonne Denis Rosario

Sat. 18 Jan. 2p: We´ll commemorate Martin Luther King birthday featuring poesia negra by Luis Palés Matos (Puerto Rico),  Nicolás Guillén (Cuba), and music that celebrates Afro roots in Latin America.

De´Anza Paredes / www.deanzamusic.com

Sat. 4 Jan. 2p:   DE´ANZA PAREDES, a young Santafesina singer emerging as part of a new  generation of young Latino artists in the United States, will perform live with her vihuela during RAÍCES show. We´ll converse about how her bicultural home enriches her music. Ready to release her freshman album "Despertar", she launches her career as a Chicana artist.

Afterwards, at 3pm, we´ll begin to celebrate the Feast of Epiphany, the "Three  Kings Day", "Día de los Reyes Magos" or "La Befana" with songs, letters, and poems written and read by children. Be ready for surprises!

Photo of Nacha Mendez by Bibi Borrego / http://nachamendez.bandcamp.com/

Sat. 14 Dec. 2 pm: Conversación y música con la artista Nacha Méndez, Premio  a la música Latina  New Mexico Music Awards 2013. Además, compartiremos las mejores  nuevas  canciones de artistas latinos tales como: Gaby Moreno (Guatemala), Leslie Cartaya (Cuba), Concha Buika, Caetano Veloso y más!

Conversation and music with artist Nacha Mendez, Latin Music winner New Mexico Music Awards 2013. Plus, we´ll listen the best  NEW ¡ÑÚ! songs of Latin musicians such as Gaby Moreno (Guatemala), Leslie Cartaya (Cuba), Concha Buika, Caetano Veloso y más!

Artist: Artemio Rodriguez (Michoacán, México) / http://artemiorodriguez.net

Sat. 2 Nov. 2pm: Let´s fete together the visit of the almas en El Día de los Muertos.  Join us in a conversation with the directors  of the movie "La Festividad de los Muertos" o "Lanii Xtee Tugul",  Armando Espinosa Prieto and Craig Johnson. They documented the way that dead or almas are feted in Teotitlán del Valle (Oaxaca, México). We´ll share with you the stories and the soundtrack.


Sat. Oct. 5, 3p: Come to walk with us around music of Puerto Rico, Haiti and Dominican Republic guided by Dr. Raquel Z. Rivera. We´ll stroll stopping in different "stations" of  music wondering about change and tradition.


Mon. 30 Sept. 7:30p: The world of flamenco’s "Golden Age” comes to life on RAÍCES  with artists from Spain, France, Cuba, Mexico, and the US directed by Jesús Muñoz presenting the show "1929". They´ll revive an era through a fresh combination of youth, creativity and modern-day groove. 

Their performance "1929" will take place on October 4th and 5th, at 8pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center. Website: http://www.casaflamenca.org


Sat. Sept. 21, 2:30 p: We will be joined by Bay Area multi-percussionist John Santos for a conversation about his life and times, with of course a generous sampling of his music! Santos is a major exponent of Afro-Latin music through innovative use of traditional forms and instruments with contemporary music.


Monday, 16 Sept. 8:00 pm: Born in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia Rei is immersed in a profound musical journey. With the breath that music allows when the soul can live across all borders, sin fronteras, she creates deep lyrics, and unique sounds. Her music travels across the jazz and South American landscapes opening the genre of Latino music in the US and throughout the world.
Sofia Rei will be performing at Globalquerque, on Saturday September 21st, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.