Eclectic, commercial-free radio
South Bay, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Bay
Areas since 1972
What's behind Amenidades Latino Americanas Program?
Welcome to 'Amenidades Latino Americanas'! This is a show dedicated to the Latin community and the Latin music aficionados in the Bay Area.
Throughout all these years of doing my show, I frequently get phone calls from people asking where my accent comes from. Well, let me tell you: I was born and raised in Peru, and English is my second language. I had a great interest in radio, Latin music and world music since I was very young.
By my encounters with my audience from the Bay Area I can tell that they love music of the Andes, Flamenco, and the Caribbean. Most of the Andes artists travel all over Latin America just to learn the culture, music, instruments and singing in Quechua and Aymara the indigenous languages of the Incas. Flamenco artists take their art to the next level by traveling all over Spain to learn the techniques and secrets behind this incredible music. Caribbean music is famous around the world, encompasses a diverse variety of musical styles and traditions from Caribbean countries, and lets not forget about Central and South America! Since the mid-1960s, styles like salsa and merengue have become widely popular.
For me, to talk about Latin American music is a very broad subject since there are so many cultures and genres. I grew up in Peru listening to Latin music so to me, it is second nature. I appreciate the opportunity that KKUP has given me. This show is broadcast in Spanish and English so my audience can have a better understanding of the music. There are hundreds of traditional rhythms and styles of music with a variety of genres born at the crossroads of European folk music, African music and native traditions.
I also strive for my show to be a window of opportunity for Bay Area musicians so they can showcase their musical talents at KKUP. To conclude, I want to thank all the KKUP supporters for keeping KKUP alive for so many years. My goal is to reach out to all the Bay Area communities, and I know that with your help, we can promote and preserve the richness, diversity and artistry of the Latin cultures in the Bay Area.