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Guest DJ: Residente On Life And Music After Calle 13

Residente performs at SXSW 2017.
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Residente performs at SXSW 2017.

Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of a show that originally aired April 6, 2017.

René Pérez Joglar, better known as Residente, has been a busy man lately.

The former co-leader of Calle 13 has been doing media interviews about his latest album and film, both called Residente. Both projects are the results of a visual and musical journal he kept while on a two-year globe-trotting trip, visiting places where he has DNA roots.

He says he took the DNA test, then visited those places, as a means of finding himself after many intense years co-leading one of Latin music's most critically acclaimed and popular bands.

This week we sit down with Residente to talk about his new album and film — and the inspiration behind both.

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Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.