October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past two weeks.
The song is her first foray into singing in Spanish in several years, but it is far from her only musical venture in the language. In fact, there was an entire period of Bey’s career where it was clear she was reaching out to her Spanish-speaking fans around the world, and that she was looking to leave her mark on the Latin music industry, just as she had been doing to the English sector for over a decade. At the time, it seemed to go only so-so (especially by typical Beyoncé standards), but this time around, she may enjoy the success she was looking for all along. A decade ago (almost exactly), she dropped her only Spanish collection, Irreemplazable, an EP that initially served as part of a deluxe edition of her album B’Day, and which was eventually sold on its own. The 8-track release featured mostly Spanish reworkings of a handful of her hits—“Irreemplazable” (“Irreplaceable”), “Bello Embustero" (“Beautiful Liar”) and “Oye” (“Listen” from the film Dreamgirls)—as well as a few remixes and an additional collaboration with Alejandro Fernández.
This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums By Women. In 1985, the Miami Sound Machine exploded onto the popular music scene with the Latin crossover hit "Conga," introducing many English-speaking listeners to salsa and Latin rhythms. Sung in English but maintaining all the musical elements of salsa — complete with multiple percussion breaks — "Conga" changed the game for U. S. -based Latin music.
The musician, whose real name is Ramon Luis Ayala, donated $100,000 to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, with that amount confirmed by the food bank and Daddy Yankee's representatives. The money provided food to roughly 9,000 families in Toa Baja, an impoverished town of 80,000 people near Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan.
Last Tuesday, the Latin American Music Awards announced this year's nominees and today they're giving us a little sampling of who's going to take the stage on the big night. Chris Brown, Prince Royce, Alejandra Guzman, Bad Bunny, Natalia Jimenez, Abraham Mateo, Angeles, Banda MS, Christian Nodal, Gente de Zona, Gloria Trevi, Jesse & Joy, Manuel Medrano, Pablo Alboran, and Spiff TV are all slated to perform and more announcements will soon be made.
I'm not saying AltLatino can see around corners, but after reviewing this year's nominations for the 18th-annual Latin Grammy Awards I was pleasantly surprised to see many artists we've covered here make the list, right alongside some of the world's biggest pop stars. It's refreshing to see some of these artists who have been bubbling under the radar, some for quite a while, get wider recognition.
Trap’s exclusion from the nominations is significant, given how quickly the genre has swung toward the Spanish-speaking world and hypnotized listeners with its sludgy, Atlanta-bred beats over the past year. Bryant Myers, Anuel AA, Noriel, Fuego, Farruko, and Bad Bunny make up the tight core of trap powerhouses who have emerged from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the U. S. to rack up millions of views on YouTube and Spotify. The trap wave has also extended into Spain and South America. Last year, Trap Capos: Season 1 became the first trap compilation to hit no. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Albums, and Univision launched both radio programming and a new channel to keep up with demand for the genre.
"Despacito" was just the beginning. With Beyoncé on board, the reggaeton revolution just jumped to a whole other level. What Justin Bieber's remix of Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" did for reggaeton's international growth is nothing compared to what's about to happen after Beyoncé released a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente. "
This week’s Beat Latino is dedicated to tunes about dreams. Whether it’s the American dream, dreams of a better life, dreams of a new world, a new romance or just plain dreaming, we’ve written music about it, from the stylized techno-merengue of Dominican Republic’s Rita Indiana to the salsa with a conscience of New York’s La Excelencia. Enjoy! And never stop dreaming!
A treasure trove of video interviews with groundbreaking Tejano artists, writers, and thinkers will soon be widely accessible to listeners and researchers. A grant of $12,050 was awarded to the Benson Latin American Collection by the Center for Research Libraries the Latin American Materials Project (LAMP). The grant will cover costs of digitizing the Los del Valle Oral History Project, launched in 1992 by University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley professor of history Dr. Manuel F. Medrano with the goal of harvesting and preserving historical memories in the Rio Grande Valley, a region that has been historically under-documented in archival and published research.
The Latin Grammy Academy has announced the nominations for the 18th Latin Grammys, and to the surprise of few handicappers, the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's smash hit "Despacito" has snagged nods in the two top song categories, record of the year and song of the year.
Meet Samuel Arredondo Kim — or Samuel, as he’s better known in South Korea where he’s currently a K-pop idol. Yes, you read that correctly. There’s a Latino K-pop idol.
It’s official: the era of Cardi B has arrived. After a long journey – from stripping to Love & Hip-Hop to the VMA stage – Billboard just announced that beloved Bronx rapper Cardi B has finally reached no. 1 on the Hot 100. The Dominican-Trinidadian artist, who became famous for her acerbic wit and sly sense of humor on social media over the past couple of years, has been battling Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” for the top chart position over the past five weeks, when Swift first released the lead single of her upcoming album Reputation.
The joy of covering Latin music these days is the range of creativity. The vision of musicians writing the top of songs you'd never hear on commercial Spanish language radio. So let me introduce you to three artists, three visionaries, and all of them women.
Where cultures converge, great music happens. Last Sunday night three of the biggest acts in Latin Alternative music were brought together at the historic Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in a rare and brilliant line-up, as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time LA/LA to create dialogue between Latin American arts and Los Angeles. Mon Laferte, La Santa Cecilia and Café Tacvba took to the stage before a full house of enthusiastic fans in a celebration of Mexican inspiration that also embraced the cause of Dreamers, a group currently caught in the middle of sometimes ugly national conversation about immigration.
The song starts at No. 38 on the Pop Songs chart, aided, programmers say, by the ubiquity of "Despacito. "
Yo! We need to talk about how Latin artists are DOMINATING the game in 2017. And WE. GOT. RECEIPTS! Pandora just released data on the top Latin artists most played throughout the year in six of the biggest US markets: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Recently, the platform launched two original video series entitled, “For The Cultura” and “Todos Somos” featuring top acts, such as Yandel, Luis Fonsi, Juanes, C-Kan, Residente, Becky G, Feid and more diving into music, culture, global immigration and much more. In addition, as part of the TIDAL On Air podcast program, fans can listen to shows hosted by Stefi Chacon (“En La Mira”) and Luis Jimenez (“Luis Jimenez”) that feature interviews with outstanding Latin/urban artists and provide a unique, humorous perspective to cultural events.
Chila Lynn is a Cuban R&B singer who has enjoyed a certain level of success since she was a teenager. She gave life to the singing voice of Tiana in the Spanish version of Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" in 2009, when she was only 18, and released her first album, "Real Woman," in 2012.
y name is Wander Acosta and I’m 27 years old. I grew up in Washington Heights, and in terms of ethnicity, I’m Dominican or Afro-Latino. Growing up in a Dominican household was interesting because a lot of the things I thought I would never like, I started to enjoy as I got older and as I started to understand. My mom would play artists like El General and Sandy y Papo, teach me how to cook dishes like platano maduro and pink potato salad, in order to keep us connected to the culture. I was born in a small rural area in the Dominican Republic called Cotuí, but came here with my mom and my siblings when I was three.
Danay Suárez’s love of music is innate. From an early age, she knew she would become the MC she is today. What she didn’t know, was how she was going to get there. Born in Havana, Cuba, Suárez had no formal music education, nor was she privy to any connections in the industry that might help her make a way.
William “Bill” Marín, the promoter, manager and label executive who for years was associated with the most successful era of salsa in the United States, died September 15 following a car accident. Marin’s wake will be held today, September 29, at St. Therese church in Alhambra, Ca. He was 68.
Selena and her many appearances on commercials and ads recently became part of an ongoing American Enterprise exhibit at The National Museum of American History in Washington D. C. , and while putting it together, the museum found this "lost" interview Selena gave in 1994. It's a clip from the program Tejano USA found on a TV camera donated by Univision to the museum. The footage was taken in April 1994, right before the Tejano singer performed at the Texas Live music festival sponsored by Coca Cola. In it, she spoke candidly about winning her 1993 Grammy for her album Live!.
She says on her website that “Mi Gente (Remix)” proceeds will go to similar Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. The funds will also support areas of Mexico that weathered a deadly earthquake on September 19.
National Public Radio’s Friday morning discussion of Beyoncé’s verse on the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin did not go as planned. The song’s title translates to “My People” and the “g” is pronounced as an “h. ” NPR’s Windsor Johnson on Morning Edition pronounced it “mee jhawn-tay. ” And Twitter was NOT happy about it.
Last night, Beyoncé surprised fans by teaming up with J Balvin for a remix of “Mi Gente,” the Colombian reggaetonero’s hit with Willy William. Even better, Beyoncé announced that she would donate the song’s proceeds to hurricane and earthquake relief for victims in Mexico and the Caribbean.
The track had already become the first all-Spanish language song to hit No. 1 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart. Now it's taking on a new life, thanks in part to a certain 5-year-old tastemaker. On Thursday evening, Beyonce shared a 20 second video on Instagram announcing she had joined a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's hit "Mi Gente" and would donate all her proceeds to disaster relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other recently affected Caribbean islands.
Music is for everyone, regardless of race, gender expression, age, or whatever else you can think of. Yet, it’s mostly men who run the industry. Go to nearly any festival and you’ll see that most headliners and supporting acts are fronted by men. Women aren’t given nearly enough space to be loud, to create music and to share their art, and this is especially true of Latinx women. This is why Francisca Valenzuela started Ruidosa Fest.
Mendes, who jumps 19-5 on the Social 50 dated Oct. 7 with a 359 percent boost in overall reactions, wrote on Instagram that his “deepest condolences are with those affected by the earthquake in Mexico today,” promising that he “will be back” after announcing the Sept. 20 concert’s cancellation. Mendes has also donated to relief efforts.
Music panels, great speakers, live music and a karaoke happy hour converge to create the ultimate Hispanic Heritage Month celebration —— Event to be hosted by LA Native, Music lover, singer and super host, Jessica Flores
As Republicans propose conservative changes to the DACA bill that aims to retain a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, we reached out to Latinx rappers old and new—Immortal Technique (Peruvian), Snow tha Product (Mexican), Raven Felix (Mexican/Puerto Rican), Nitty Scott (Puerto Rican/African American) and Hi-Tone (Mexican)—for their reactions to Trump's initial proposal, their experiences with racism and xenophobia in hip-hop, and how they find hope while fighting against hate.
Camila Cabello brought her A+ game to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with her first performance of "Havana. " While on the show, the Cuban-Mexican singer talked about her new album and revealed why this song is so close to her heart. "This song was really special to play for [my grandmother] because I had such a big part of her culture so for me to integrate it with the current things that I listen to was really cool," she explained to Fallon during the interview. "I played her 'Havana' and there's this part when the beat drops and she was like, 'Ay, Dios. '"
Valerie Ponzio, who turned around all 4 chairs on The Voice last spring, shares her journey from El Paso to Nashville. She has brought her Latin roots with her everywhere she goes, and now she is defining what American country music really means. Take a look at how she has paved the way to her successes!
Not only did the Love & Hip-Hop alum just become the first female rapper to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998, she became the first Latina rapper to EVER top the prestigious chart!
There’s a recent trend to create music in both Spanish and English (even when the artist has primarily sung in one or the other) that we find fascinating, so here’s a Beat Latino hour dedicated to how artists use language/s in the music. How about you? Do you feel yourself drifting into one or another, mixing, dreaming in both, thinking in both or how do your languages play in to the crafting of identity?
Valle manages several Bay Artists — including rapper Jay Stone and indie rock band Abbot Kinney — at his company, Counter Culture Group, and works in marketing for the concert promoter Live Nation. (Full disclosure: he’s also on the board of directors of The Bay Bridged, a KQED Arts affiliate. ) His call for musicians to donate their time for a DACA fundraiser circulated quickly on Twitter, and within a week he put together a two-part party series, Dance for DACA, which takes place on Sept. 28 at Starline Social Club in Oakland and Sept. 29 at Standard Deviant Brewing in San Francisco.
“I’m sorry. Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I’ve never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki,” she tweeted. “Spinning this ‘for the culture’ story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women. ”
Just more than a month ago, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” first entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, edging into eighth position behind “Despacito” (the undisputed song of the summer) by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi (and an assist by Justin Bieber), some other songs you have probably already forgotten, “Closer” by the Chainsmokers and Halsey, and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. Since then, Taylor Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do” and did everything in her power to keep Cardi B out of the top spot, despite “Bodak Yellow”’s inexorable rise (including discounting the price of her single to $0. 69)—until finally, on this day, September 25, 2017, “Bodak Yellow” was announced as the top song on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nina Diaz began performing with Girl in a Coma at the tender age of 13 alongside her older sister Phanie Diaz and friend Jenn Alva. At a time when kids her age were navigating the waters of first crushes and gym class, Diaz was playing in clubs and living the life of a working musician, temptations of the night included.
Our journey to choose the 50 greatest Latin songs of all time took us across space and time, from Argentina to Spain and from the 1920s to 2017. We wanted to represent the full spectrum of Latin music (including music from Spain), from Mexican ballads to Cuban son to Colombian salsa to today’s bachata. Our standard of selection wasn’t merely hits, but instead, songs that made a difference, that marked a moment, that influenced many and that were simply great compositions.
The 24-year-old rapper’s smash hit “Bodak Yellow” has exploded within the last few months, and has been topping charts ever since it was released in June. The Bronx native has been putting in hard work for years and proves she doesn’t need anyone to help her get to the top, although a little arm candy ain’t never hurt nobody.
“Despacito… Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito, deja que te diga cosas al oído, para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo…” Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you’ve probably heard these lyrics on the radio, thanks to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s infectious reggaetón smash, “Despacito. ”
Houston’s best live music and cultural festival is back for it’s 38th year. Festival Chicano will be held October 5-6-7, 2017 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Here’s your chance to listen to the best music en La Onda Chicana
Years before he became a renowned DJ/producer, Jose Marquez grew up in Los Angeles listening to the music of Fania, the legendary New York City record label whose roster of famed Latin musicians included such luminaries as Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, and Willie Colon. He still remembers how much of that music was a part of his childhood.
Every time Shakira releases a music video, you know it's going to have two things: belly dancing and her in some seriously sexy outfits. Naturally, her latest one is no exception! The Colombian singer and philanthropist just released the music video for her song "Perro Fiel"
An ensemble of Chicago students with a passion for Mariachi have a debut album that is getting national attention.
At 16, the entertainer has released three major songs including "Vámonos" (Let's Go) and "Baila Congo" (Dance with Me). The single "Una Lady Como Tú" has received more than 280 million views on YouTube since March and has been streamed over 9 million times on Spotify. The song entered Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and last week rose 46-39.
Oakland band La Misa Negra is a fixture in the Bay Area's Latinx music scene.
"'Freedom Is Free' is a move to unravel our minds of fear from the powers that be and replace it with self-empowerment. FREEDOM must be restored to what it has always been: controlled by no person and subject only to the infinite flow of the elements. While we are here on Earth, we should rejoice in its worth. "
Singer Lila Downs and other artists, including Susana Harp and Aida Cuevas, performed at a fundraising concert in Oaxaca for victims of the magnitude-8. 2 earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Sept. 7.
Last night, Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, the most prestigious musical honor in Canada.
Frontwoman talks politicizing the personal on new 'Cost of Living' LP produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto
The universe has opened up and given us yet another Selena gift. Vivala first reported the Smithsonian added the late Tejana singer to the ongoing American Enterprise exhibit at The National Museum of American History in Washington DC on Sept. 12.
Camila Cabello had a very public split from girl group Fifth Harmony last December and fans have been waiting for her to finally strike out on her own. Cabello is currently on tour and from the looks her new docu-series, things are going just fine. In episode one, Cabello talks candidly about the anxiety that she felt when taking the stage. “I remember the first show I was so intimidated, like I was so scared,” Cabello says in the video. “There was like a switch I think in the second or third show where I was like, ‘Wait a second. These people aren’t judging me. They’re there to have a good time. '”
Bogotá’s Festival Estéreo Picnic just announced the lineup for its 2018 edition. The festival has carved a space in the regional music landscape, standing out for booking homegrown talent alongside international headliners. In 2018, the fest remains true to that tradition with a diverse and forward-thinking lineup.
Renacer Records‘ first volume of Alharacos is a trip that leads you from the kind and chilled out cumbia steppers of Olaya Sound System founder Matteo Bonora, also known as Loko Bonó, then, through a remix of one of his tracks you get to the underdog Tribilin Sound, one of the best deliverers of dub cumbia in Lima. Things start to get darker when Sonidos Profundos come in, with his heavy bass Afro-Peruvian rhythms followed by the work of in-house outfit Los Guayabera Sucia. The album closes with a couple of tracks by Deltatron, who is currently conquering the world with his neo perreo dembow productions.
Musicians who want to explore fusing Latin musical styles into their repertoire are invited to a free clinic and jam session with Grammy-winning Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia on Monday. The group performs many styles of music including cumbia, bossa nova and bolero. The band will start with a master class-style demonstration, followed by an open jam session.
This year has been Luis Fonsi's, thanks to his hit "Despacito," and while 2017 is not over yet, the catchy song holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 100, so there's no way it won't be the Latin song of the year. But what hits came before it? Let's see . . . last year was all about Nicky Jam's "Hasta El Amanecer," and the year before was when all of us where singing to Enrique Iglesias's "El Perdón. " The point is every year is defined by a tune. To honor them and make sure we never forget them, here's a list of the biggest Latin hit each year from 1987 to 2016.
After 11 years at AEG Presents / Goldenvoice, Rebeca Leon is leaving her post as senior vp of Latin talent to focus full time on her own management company, Lionfish Entertainment. Lionfish already manages two major names in Latin music -- Juanes (who she has managed for the past five years) and J Balvin -- and has recently signed emerging acts. Leon will also focus on non-music content projects including film and TV.
The lines seem to be blurring between Latin Alternative and the pop mainstream, judging by the Latin Grammy nominations announced this morning in Los Angeles.
Puerto Rican rapper Residente's first solo album post-Calle 13 has received a leading nine nominations for this year's Latin Grammys, including for record, song and album of the year. Colombian sensation Maluma follows him with seven, Shakira's comeback gathered six, and Juanes, Mon Laferte and producer Kevin Jimenez ADG received five nominations each
Bomba Estéreo have managed to do what very few Latin artists succeed to do – crossover to Western audiences without anglicising their lyrics or collaborating with a reggaetonero (!) They´ve stuck to their roots, infusing the tropical champeta sounds of coastal Colombia with electro-cumbia, and they’ve produced some pretty astounding genre-bending tracks by doing so. Now, four albums in (as their current line-up of Simón Mejía and Liliana Saumet), it´s no surprise that they’ve sold out London´s KOKO on the only UK headline gig of the tour that supports the release of their new album Ayo.
Hailing from Colombia but raised in Miami, SOLANO’s Latin roots run deep and it definitely shows in his original tunes and remixes. Surrounded by the richness of the Latin Music Scene SOLANO has drawn from love ballads, rock classics, and more to create his signature sound over the years.
The video pits emotionally charged live performance footage of the Downtown Boys against a children's birthday party in Brooklyn with piñatas fashioned after hot-button political signposts and eventually breaks out into a food fight.