Sound Check: Bonnaroo en Español

Last year, the Manchester, Tennessee–based Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival showcased Africa's booming music scene in a special tent devoted to artists from all over the continent, including Nigeria and Mali. And this year, it's Latin America's turn to shake up the annual summer fiesta, scheduled from June 10–13.

Tomas Cookman and Amy Blackman-Romero of Cookman International/Nacional Records are curating the line-up for the Latino Alternativo tent and so far they've signed up some stellar Spanish-speaking acts: Cultural ambassadors Ozomatli; Venezuelan disco-funk ensemble Los Amigos Invisibles; Colombian earth rockers Aterciopelados; one-man electro master the Mexican Institute of Sound; cumbia mashers Bomba Estereo and DJs Bostich + Fussible are all on board for a day of shows on Saturday, June 12.

And if you need another reason to head to the "the Volunteer State," as Tennessee is known, Jay-Z will be performing after Stevie Wonder on the What Stage later that night. How's that for an incentive?

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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