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Only Here Podcast: Following The Footsteps Of Latin Music's Trip To The Top

Music journalist Isabela Raygoza is pictured in this undated photo.
Courtesy of Isabela Raygoza
Music journalist Isabela Raygoza is pictured in this undated photo.
Today we're tracing the story of how Latin music became as popular as American pop music, all through the eyes of Isabela Raygoza. Isabela is a music journalist from Tijuana and San Diego whose career very closely paralleled the boom in Latin music that's happened over the past decade. Back in the day, when Latin stars wanted to cross over into pop music, they would have to start singing in English. Nowadays, you have music icons crossing over the other way: singing in Spanish. About the Show: “Only Here” is about the unexplored subcultures, creativity and struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border. The KPBS podcast tells personal stories from people whose lives are shaped by the tension reverberating around the wall. This is a show for border babies, urban explorers or those who wonder what happens when two cultures are both separated and intertwined. Follow Us: https://www.facebook.com/onlyherepodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/onlyherepodcast/ Support Us: https://www.kpbs.org/donate Give us Feedback: 619-452-0228‬ podcasts@kpbs.org

Back in the day, when Latin artists wanted to cross over into pop music, they would have to start singing in English. Nowadays, you have music icons crossing over the other way and singing in Spanish.

In a new episode of KPBS border podcast "Only Here," host Alan Lilienthal traces the story of how Latin music became as popular as American pop music with Isabela Raygoza.

Raygoza is a music journalist from Tijuana and San Diego whose career closely paralleled the boom in Latin music that's happened over the past decade.