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Songs We Love: Phat Lip, 'Stranger's Love'

The new single from South Carolina musician Kelly Jo Ramirez's project is an infectious break-up song with Latin rhythms and pop harmonies. "I wanted to show the spectrum of Latino sound," she says.
Kelly Jo Ramirez says her project Phat Lip is about "opening up all the listeners and exposing them to the Latin influence." Source: Courtesy of the artist

If you took a snapshot of Latino demographics here in the U.S., you'd find substantial numbers in places most people wouldn't expect. In particular, the South has become a hotbed of new Latinx culture and artistic expression.

Take South Carolina's Phat Lip, for instance. Featuring Colombian-American vocalist and songwriter Kelly Jo Ramirez, the band makes a potent mix of soulful blues, Latin roots rhythms and moody pop. On the

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