For the next week, it will be possible to go on a global musical journey without leaving Austin. We teamed with Michael Crockett, host of “Horizontes” on KUTX (7 to 10 p.m. Sundays), to put together a selection of Latin and World music picks at South by Southwest. Follow our live fest coverage at in this blog and at kutx.org.
Krudas Cubensi (Cuba via Austin) This hip-hop duo took Cuba’s underground rap scene by storm in the late 1990s. Their lyrical explosions about feminism, equality and veganism tackled uncomfortable truths that were taboo on the island at the time. (11:15 p.m. at Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater) — N.F.
Hanba! (Cracow, Poland) Punk + klezmer + folk = must-see music. Watch this Polish quartet defy musical genres with a banjo, accordion and tuba. (1 a.m. at Russian House; 9 p.m. Thursday at Flamingo Cantina) — N.F.
Radiocaliente (Medellín, Colombia) The band adds a bit of hip-hop to their blend of South American and Caribbean music. (11 p.m. at Flamingo Cantina) — M.C.
Silvastone (London, England) Like many of the Afrobeats artists playing this showcase, Silvastone has multicultural musical influences. Born in the U.K. to a Sierra Leonean mother and Ghanan father, his music has African roots, but the influence of English and American R&B and hip-hop might be stronger. (9:10 p.m. at the Belmont; 10:20 Friday at Clearport) — M.C.
Little Simz (London, England) A British grime spitta with a wicked quick fire flow. (10 p.m., the Mohawk)
Alex Cuba (Cuba via Canada) Alexis Puentes, raised in Cuba, changed his performing name after moving to Canada several years ago. He now is a Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist who, besides writing many songs for fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado, has also released several albums mixing the Cuban trova with American funk. (11 p.m. at Russian House; 12:10 a.m. Friday at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room) — M.C.