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This Southeast Los Angeles Is Molding The Next Generation Of Rockeras

This past week, more than 45 southeast L.A. youth have been getting a crash course not just in making music, but in what it takes to be a musician.

Chicas Rockeras SELA has been hosting classes for the past three years, and this year’s batch of students learned how to play an instrument, compose a song, and form a band. They will be performing this Saturday in Lynwood, Calif.

Together We Rise ? Día 2 llenó de colaboración ??‍♂️?? #conchicasatulado #tacoxcore #crsela2017

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The one-week class pairs up students with volunteer mentor that teach alongside the students. Though the cost for one student is valued around $400, the program works with the parents to see what they feasibly can pay though no one is turned away for lack of funds, said Marin, co-founder, and co-director of Chicas Rockeras SELA.

The program is designed for girls between 8-17 years old who live in the southeast Los Angeles area, which includes cities like Huntington Park, Vernon, and Bell. This year’s students range from first-time musicians with little to no experience to returning students that have continued to practice their instruments or haven’t picked one up since prior year’s classes.

Even if a student gets some musical instruction throughout the year at school or from their families, they tend to be playing covers or other people’s music, Marin said. Creating a song, their own composition, becomes an empowering experience for the students. “Regardless of your level everyone is coming in fresh-faced and learning together,” said Marin. 

Día 4 – With a special lunch performance by @modpods_theband #tacoxcore #crsela2017 #conchicasatulado

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Accomplished musicians are common guest teachers and performers throughout the week. Martha Gonzalez, the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal, stopped by Monday to teach songwriting to the students. Gonzalez, Maya Jupiter and the ModPods also stopped by on different days for lunchtime performances.

The program is entirely volunteer-run, said Marin, and the fundraising throughout the year all go toward making one week of Chicas Rockeras SELA happen. While she is glad to see the program continue each year and grow each year, more donations and more volunteers are needed to handle to programs growth.

The stage is ready for magic ??? #tacoxcore #crsela2017

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Another way to help is also by going to Saturday’s showcase at the Glennon Club in Lynwood. All revenue from the $5-$10 admission and all Chicas Rockeras SELA merchandise sales the youth throughout the week also contribute in designing and creating their own merch go back to the program.

Southeast L.A. often gets overlooked in terms of arts and music, said Marin, making a program like Chicas Rockeras important to the area. “No one told me that I could be proud of where I came from,” said Marin, a native of Southeast L.A. But now she boasts: “I come from southeast L.A.”

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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

No matter your preference, how you like them, how you eat them, tacos are a way of life. They represent where we’re from and to be honest, they are not going anywhere — they will remain part of our life.

Gerald Flores understands the taco goes beyond just a dish, it’s a lifestyle. In 2014, the Corpus Christi native was trying to figure out what to wear, when an idea went off in his head.

“Like many Latinos, tacos are a huge part of my life. They represent my culture and so much more. Back in 2014, I was looking for a taco shirt for myself and I couldn’t find one that I would want to wear, so I decided to design my own,” said the taco lover. “That’s how Taco Gear® was born and it’s been a crazy and fun journey ever since.”

mitú is excited to partner up with Taco Gear® in our mitú mercado where you’ll find a wide assortment of Taco Gear® products.

We are featuring some of Taco Gear’s® most popular t-shirts, sweatshirts and trendy bucket hats.

If you’re a taco lover you know that when someone offers you a taco, you just eat it and that’s exactly what this Taco. Just Eat It. Longsleeve tee says.

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This tee takes a spin on a popular brand and makes it our own. You can shop this tee (that’s already making me hungry) on our site available in a unisex fit for only $29.99.

If tacos are life to you, say it with this bomber jacket.

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This classic bomber jacket will keep you warm during those nights you’re waiting for your tacos at your favorite taco truck. This jacket is such a favorite, it’s sure to sell out, so grab yours for $49.99 before it sells out.

When fellow intellectuals ask what your favorite work of art is, you can let them know with this Taco Lisa Tee.

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Art connoisseurs will not know what hit them when you show them this Taco Lisa Tee now available in our store in different colors for $24.99.

True taco lovers ain’t got no type. Let people know you’re not shallow with this Taco Type Tee.

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We don’t discriminate against any kind of taco and we love showing our love with this shirt that lists just a few of our favorite tacos. This comfy tee comes in different colors and is only $24.99.

When you and bae are hungry and can’t decide where to go for dinner (or breakfast or lunch), settle it with this Back To The Taquería Tee.

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Don’t know what to eat? Don’t know where to hang out? Don’t know what to “cook” for your family potluck? Back to the taquería it is. This tee comes in three colors and sells for $24.99.

And when you walk up to the taquería register they’ll know exactly what you want as soon as they look at you with this trendy Fresh Tacos bucket hat.

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At the taquería is where we spend most of our days, so represent with this bucket hat available in our shop for just $22.99. It’s perfect to shield your face from that taquería steam 😉.

A founding father once said, “give me liberty or give me death,” and in 2019 we like to apply our lives to that saying and this one: *ehem* Give me tacos or give me death.

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Because what even is life without tacos? Stop — we don’t want to know. Shop this philosophical taco tee in our shop for just $24.99.

There’s An Official Perreo Capital Of The World: Santiago, Chile Listens To The Most Reggaeton According To Spotify

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There’s An Official Perreo Capital Of The World: Santiago, Chile Listens To The Most Reggaeton According To Spotify

According to Spotify, Santiago, Chile is the world capital of reggaeton. Panamá and Puerto Rico may have been the birthplaces of the genre, and Colombia it’s biggest producer, but Chile’s capital city, Santiago, is the indisputable capital of the genre right now, with over 400 million plays per month. 

Every single song in J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s collab album ‘OASIS’ made it into Chile’s Top 50.

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This year’s biggest reggaetón collaboration saw two icons of the genre, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, drop OASIS, an eight-track album which was pretty much the soundtrack to the summer of 2019. Every single song from the album dubbed “la joya del género urbano” by many critics, made it into Chile’s Top 50 on the very first day of being released (!!!). Surprising no one here, given that both J Balvin and Bad Bunny are trailblazing icons of the Latino genre and some might even argue that their influence in mainstream fashion and culture is reaching ‘icon’ status as well. “What we are seeing with reggaetón in Chile is a great testimony to the absolute powerhouse that is Latin America when it comes to building and delivering audiences for Latin artists,” said Mia Nygren, Managing Director for Spotify in Latin America.

With over 400 million plays per month, Santiago, Chile is the biggest reggaetón listener in the world.

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Twice as many reggaeton songs are played in Santiago as they are in the second biggest reggaetón loving city: Mexico City — which has nearly double the size of its Chilean counterpart. To put that into perspective, Santiago, Chile is responsible for 10% of all reggaetón streams in the world. In this city, the average reggaetón listener will play 126 songs a month, which is more than double the average amount of songs listened to by fans in orther cities where the genre is also popular. The artists who are getting the most streams in Santiago are worthy of a reggaetón hall of fame: Bad Bunny, Anuel AA, J Balvin, Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Karol G, Don Omar. The giants of the genre are joined by newer artists such as Sech, Lunay, Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Jhay Cortez, Tainy, Zion y Lennox and Dalex.

The city has been home to hardcore reggaetón fans since the genre’s early days. 

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Reggaetón was born in the late 90s and early 2000s. What’s now referred to as “old school reggaetón,” emerged as an iteration of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop but with Afro-Latinx roots. Santiago has been home to some of the genre’s most loyal fans since the old days. In the early days of reggaetón or, ‘reggae en español’ as it was called for a while, a specific subculture of Chilean youths emerged. The genre was most popular amongst working, middle class teenagers known as Pokémones.

Pokémones are the original Reggaetón fans, their loyalty to the reggae-inspired beat goes back to the early days of the genre.

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Self-proclaimed ‘Pokémomes’ called themselves that for the way they wore their hair. Long and spiky and swept to the side like a character of the anime series. Pokémones had idiosyncratic music choices that were complemented with a particular aesthetic and unique style. In Santiago, reggaetón-loving teenagers would come together in parties of around 4,000 people to listen to their preferred music. Back in the day, pokemones would dance to the dembow of Jowell & Randy, Wisin & Yandel and Acrangel, the original OGs.

Only last year, Mexico City held the top spot as the “world’s music-streaming Mecca”.

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Before Santiago was crowned ‘the world capital of reggaetón’,  Mexico city held Spotify’s “largest listener base worldwide”. According to the streaming service, in 2018, a lot of major artists owed their high figures to Chilangos and their love of streaming music. Adele for example had nearly 5 hundred thousand listeners in Mexico City, making it her top city even ahead of London (which only recorded 323 thousand listeners). Another surprising artist to have Mexico City as his top for Spotify listeners was Ed Sheeran with nearly 9 hundred thousand listeners.