Every day we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on KUVO. The Latin flavors are evident throughout the week all year long! With the amazing performances of Tito Puente, Santana, Machito, and Mariachi central to the KUVO sound since its founding in 1985.
But we’re happy to use the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month to spotlight the contributions of Latinos to our musical palette.
Friday night on KUVO means the party is on! The “Latin Soul Party” (Fridays, 8 – 10 pm) is a wild and free throwdown with our vatos from the Northside: Danny Valenzuela (aka “MC Cuervo”), Ricky O’, Jammin’ Joe Serna, and Jedi George. Their deep knowledge of the best party tracks available comes together on your radio for the perfect way to end your week and start your weekend. It’s dancing, singing out loud, and hanging out, enjoying the wit and wisdom of four homeboys who know the Chicano soul songs to get you moving!
On the air, every Sunday for 36 years is KUVO’s flagship program “Canción Mexicana” (Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm), a mix of musical styles and traditions from Colorado, Tejas, New Mexico, California, and Mexico. This year, Canción Mexicana welcomes a new contributor to the roster of hosts. Longtime Colorado musician and “Chicano Heat” bandleader Larry Lobato joins Debra Gallegos, Mona Lisa, and Yolanda Ortega. (Hispanic heritage note: Larry’s dad, Larry Lobato, Sr. is a member of the Chicano Music Hall of Fame in Denver.)
We are super-proud that “Pocho Joe” of “La Raza Rocks” (Sundays, 1 – 2 pm) was named ”Denver’s Best Radio Host” by Westword magazine in 2021. It’s long-overdue city-wide recognition of the fun, historic and encyclopedic presentation of Latin rock (originals, covers, hits, and hidden gems) that Pocho Joe brings to the airwaves every week. Pocho Joe is also a member of the Chicano Music Hall of Fame.
“Salsa Con Jazz” (Sundays, 2 – 4 pm) blows up the Latin jazz mix heard throughout the KUVO schedule, with a two-hour extravaganza of the Latin jazz and Salsa sound. Hosted by Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised Colorado conguera Janine Santana, the mix takes you from its Afro-Cuban roots, through the orchestral beginnings of the popular Salsa sound, to the dance hall days of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, to modern expressions.
Newest to the KUVO schedule is podcaster “La Molly,” who explores and shares everything that’s new and exciting about modern and progressive Latin music around the world. Seated on her living room floor, La Molly shares an on-air version of “Super Sonido” (Sundays, 4 – 5 pm). The modern delights of Latin music is boundless in La Molly’s hands.
The Latin diaspora spreads as far south as Brazil, and KUVO is proud to present “Brazilian Fantasy” (Sundays, 6 – 8 pm), hosted by the sultry and mysterious Cenir. Her mix offers Brazilian jazz and plenty of vocals from the BMP (Brasilia Music Popular) genre. Passos, Nascimento, Djavan, Gil, Jobim, and many, many others await you!
Pictures: Canción Mexicana – Debra Gallegos, Yolanda Ortega, Monalisa, and Larry Lobato; La Raza Rocks – Pocho Joe; Super Sonido – La Molly; Latin Soul Party – Jammin’ Joe (Serna), Jedi George (Murad), Ricky O, and Danny Valenzuela; Salsa Con Jazz-Janine Santana; Brazilian Fantasy-Cenir.
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