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Susan Palma-Nidel - Lisboa A Salto is a hidden and unexpected gem worth seeking out / NPR: Alt. Latino

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This week's Alt. Latino playlist lineup includes a special premiere of "Como La Flor" by Miami-based duo Dracula, an acoustic rendition with all the magic and heartbreak of Selena's original. Luis Fonsi and Ozuna, Khalid and Empress Of, and Natalia Clavier also released singles this week, bringing a wide variety of of Latin influence to the mainstream. Flutist Susan Palma-Nidel rounds out the list with a thoughtful exploration of the Portuguese music form fado.

I have two friends who recently traveled through Lisbon and they sent back photos that showed exquisite charm and beauty. This explains the charms and magic of a new album from flautist Susan Palma-Nidel, Lisboa A Salto. After a long and successful career in classical music, Palma-Nidel set her sights first on Brazil and then Portugal. This album follows her first exploration of Portuguese music in 2016 and includes the most well known form, fado, but is also a deeper dive into classic compositions and musicians from that country. Every track is perfectly performed by Palma-Nidel along with Portugal's most well known and respected folk and popular musicians. Lisboa A Salto is a hidden and unexpected gem absolutely worth seeking out as a reminder of the beauty of nuance and artistry. - Felix Contreras

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This playlist is part of a weekly Spotify series of NPR Music's favorite Latin songs.