SXSW 2018: 6 can’t-miss Latin alternative acts


Cultural musical mashups have resonated with a generation of music listeners whose influences can’t be contained in one genre. At South by Southwest, you can catch a growing number of Latin alternative artists from both the U.S. and abroad. They create music with a multicultural spirit that reaches beyond borders. Here’s a sampling of a few artists making their mark on the Latin alternative music scene:

Pept Mogt: When pioneer DJ/producer Pepe Mogt began experimenting with norteño music beats and electronica sounds, everything changed for Latin alternative music. Mogt, along with other DJ/producers, created a new norteño-techno style that eventually led to the iconic Nortec Collective. (1 a.m. March 16 at Blackheart)

Combo Chimbita: It’s “cumbia-not-cumbia,” according to the New York quartet that takes the essence of the cumbia and breathes new life into it by experimenting with inspired rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean. (8:35 p.m. Wednesday at Barracuda Backyard; 11 p.m. March 16 at Palm Door on Sixth)

Pommez Internacional: With their experimental sounds that flirt with everything from rock to electronica, these SXSW vets are helping blaze a new musical trail for Argentine music. (1:10 a.m. March 14 at Speakeasy Kabaret; 11 p.m. March 17 at Javelina)

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Money Chicha: Taking inspiration from chicha music of Peru — a hybrid sound popular in the 1960s and 1970s that blends Andean and cumbia rhythms with psychedelic effects — Austin’s Money Chicha offers a modern interpretation of this musical style to a new generation of listeners. (1 a.m. March 14 at Flamingo Cantina)

DJ El Indio: Anand Parmar, aka DJ El Indio, is one half of the husband-and-wife team World Hood. As a DJ and producer, he creates the beat magic. Their global electronic grooves make for an introspective but danceable sound. When not making music, Parmar and his wife, Estella Sanchez, dedicate themselves to lifting arts, culture and activism through the Sacramento, Calif., nonprofit they co-founded, Sol Collective. (8 p.m March 17 at Speakeasy)

Bombasta: San Antonio’s horn-driven funk band Bombasta has been creating innovative hip-shaking rhythms for more than a decade. They stitch together everything from hip hop to rock to create what they call a “barrio big band” sound suited for a Spanglish dance party. (8 p.m. Saturday at Flamingo Cantina)



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