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Bomba Esteréo Remixed Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” Into an Awesome Latin Dance Track

Earlier this year, Bomba Esteréo embarked on a summer tour as the opening band for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire. The Colombian band, led by singer Li Saumet, have clearly made a deep impression on Arcade Fire because they’re collaborating on a new project that will surely have everyone dancing.

Bomba Esteréo has remixed Arcade Fire’s latest hit single, “Everything Now,” into a Latin dance track.

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Here’s Arcade Fire’s original song.

Huge difference, right?

Simón Mejía, of Bomba Esteréo, explained how the remix came to be.

“When Win suggested a couple of tracks from Arcade Fire’s album to remix, we chose ‘Everything Now’ as we loved the vibe of the song and what it means for these crazy times we’re living in,” Mejía said in a press release.

“We envisioned this new remix musically as being a mix between champeta vibes (the incredible riff played by our new guitar player Jose Castillo in the chorus) and electronic cumbia (the beat for the rest of the track).

These are the two genres we’ve been playing and having fun with throughout the history of Bomba Estereo. And that is what we achieved with the Arcade Fire remix—a blend between the original funky/electro/disco vibe of the track and our electro tropical style. In terms of the vocals, Win re-recorded the original vocals on top of our new musical track. Then Li has her Spanish freestyle verses in her cumbia style. All together, along with Regine, we did the chorus in Spanish which we translated to ‘Es todo ya.'”

Mejía added, “We are truly honored to have been invited to collaborate on this amazing song and love to see the power of Caribbean music right now. You can easily see its influence across much of dance music that is made today.”

One of the coolest things about the collaboration between the two bands is that you can see truly see how much Arcade Fire has embraced Latin culture while on this tour.

People are always confused how many members we have ! @thesupermaniak

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Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, has been documenting his experience in Mexico, Colombia and other countries throughout Latin America.

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Night 2 in Mexico City tonight !!! ?? ???????????????? @thesupermaniak

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Maybe this means they’ll do a Spanish crossover album. One can only hope!

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Isabela Merced Is Making a Seamless Transition From Child Star to Pop Star with Her New Single “Papi”

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Isabela Merced Is Making a Seamless Transition From Child Star to Pop Star with Her New Single “Papi”

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Say goodbye to Dora the Explorer–at least for now. Isabela Merced, formerly known as Isabela Moner, has reinvented herself from child star to bonafide pop singer. On Wednesday, Merced debuted the music video for her new single “Papi”, a girl-power anthem that’s inspired by “salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, and bachata”. According to Merced, she hopes the song will get the message across to womanizing men that they should “treat ladies with the respect they deserve”.

The new music video is impressive not only because it shows a more grown-up version of Merced (who we’ve seen since her Nickelodeon days) but also because it celebrates her Peruvian culture. In the video, we see Merced dressed in both American and Peruvian-style clothes, dancing to choreography that is reminiscent of stand American hip-hop moves as well as the traditional Peruvian dance known as the Marinera. Merced, for her part, is proud of the aesthetic her newest music video embodies: “I want to introduce everyone to the rich culture of my family’s heritage,” she said in a recent interview with Teen Vogue.

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The transformation from Nickelodeon actor to superstar in the making was arguably kickstarted with Isabela’s decision to change her last name from “Moner” to “Merced”.

After all, 2019 has been a very big year for Merced. Not only did she star in the blockbuster film “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, but she also revealed that her mother has been  privately battling breast cancer. According to Merced, the decision to change her last name came from the desire to honor family–especially her Peruvian heritage. The name Merced comes from her late grandmother, Yolanda Merced Salazar Pittman. “I believe some force, throughout all these years, has been giving my mom the strength and determination to guide me,” she told Refinery29. “I feel as though if that guardian angel would be anyone, it would be my grandma.”

So, while some child actors struggle to make the transition from child entertainer to serious adult actor, Merced makes the entire process look easy. While the music video for “Papi” has its sultry moments, it doesn’t seem to be trying too hard to prove anything. Yes, there’s a love interest who makes an appearance in the video–but the entire song isn’t just devoted to a man. “’Papi’ is empowering to girls. [It] has sass and confidence,” she says. With lyrics like “Or did I forget to mention?/Don’t like frivolous affection/I don’t want it on the first date or third date…I’m never gonna call you papi/Even if it makes you happy,” the song celebrates to independent women of the world who refuse to change themselves to make a man happy. 

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According to Merced, the bilingual bop is just the beginning of her exploring the world of Spanish-language music. 

Merced, who was born to a Peruvian mother and a white American father, has previously been candid about growing up bilingual in a multicultural household. “I want my music to represent who I am…I grew up with a white dad and a Latinx mom, who was an immigrant. That is who I am. It’s okay to be a mix…Us mixed kids have a place in this society, and Spanglish songs do as well,” she told Refinery29.

It’s refreshing to see such representation for multicultural Latinos who grew up in a multi-racial family. The reality is, many Latinos feel equally comfortable speaking two languages, especially if one parent is non-Latino. According to the Pew Center for research, almost 7% of Americans identify as mixed-race, and that number will continue to grow. In other words: Isabela Merced is definitely onto something.

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Of course, Merced’s fans have been going crazy on Twitter over her Latina-and-proud music video.

Like Christina Aguilera before her, this child star is embracing all aspects of her identity and people are pumped.

Peruvians are 100% here for Merced showing some love for their country:

It’s always exciting to see your culture recognized in the media.

This Peruvian sees the music video as a beautiful “tribute”:

You can definitely feel the love that went into the making of this music video purely from its attention to detail. 

Many people are praising “Papi” for supporting bilingual and multiracial representation:

A lot of people don’t recognize that there’s no one “right” way to be Latinx. For many Latinos in America, Spanglish is a way of life. 

Of course, there are also the stans who are just in awe of Isabela Merced’s raw talent:

Seriously, is there anything this girl can’t do? We’ll wait.

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After So Much Controversy, Bad Bunny And Other Reggaeton Artists Will Be Performing At The 20th Annual Latin Grammys

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After So Much Controversy, Bad Bunny And Other Reggaeton Artists Will Be Performing At The 20th Annual Latin Grammys

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It looks like we finally know who will be taking the big stage at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. This past Tuesday Latin Recording Academy announced a slew of performers that will include some of the biggest names in the Latin music industry. Among them are several of this year’s GRAMMY nominees highlighted by Alessia Cara, Bad Bunny, Paula Arenas, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, and Sebastián Yatra. This will also include newcomer and reggaeton star Sech and as well as GRAMMY-winning singers Natalia Jiménez and Olga Tañón.

The award show, which will be hosted by Ricky Martin for the first time ever, will also take the time to recognize two decades of celebrating notable artists in Spanish-language music as the event marks its 20th anniversary. This means that the event will be pulling out all the stops when it comes to recognizing the very best that Latin music has had to offer in the last two decades. The Latin Recording Academy says the event will showcase “a historic star-studded celebration, complete with special reunions, tributes and musical icons” for this special anniversary. We can already hardly wait.

Here are some of the details we know so far about the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards including some big acts that will be taking the stage. 

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Among the artists already mentioned, we have some details on some of the acts that will be sharing the stage together and some tributes that will be handed out that evening. According to Billboard, GRAMMY-nominated Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez will perform alongside his father, legendary ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez and his son Alex Fernandez for the first time ever at the show. The trio is set to be accompanied by the Mariachi Sol de México as they take center stage. 

“Ready to celebrate #20YearsOf Excellence in the biggest night in Latin music,” Alejandro tweeted.

The evening will also take the time to celebrate one of the most popular Latin artists: Juanes. The Colombian singer-songwriter will be performing a medley of some of his biggest hits throughout his career and will also receive the award for Person of the Year 2019 from the Latin Recording Academy. Juanes is also nominated for a Latin Grammy.

While it’s great that the award show will have some urbano acts perform live, there is still some anger over the nomination snubs.

The annual show is a celebration of the past 12 months in Latin music, a genre that has seen an explosion of mainstream popularity, most notably when it comes to reggaeton. With the rising prominence of artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Maluma, you’d expect them to be at the forefront of the show. 

While Bad Bunny and Sech will be performing, both artists have called out the Latin Recording Academy for basically ignoring urbano, reggaeton, and Latin trap genres when it comes to nominees. At the heart of the controversy is the exclusion of some of the genre’s biggest stars from major categories such as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, nor Album of the Year.

Some of the biggest stars in Latin music including Daddy Yankee, Maluma, and J Balvin have all joined Bad Bunny and Sech in criticizing this year’s Latin Grammys.

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The artists have taken to social media to spread the message of  “Sin Reggaeton, No Hay Latin Grammys” that has been widely circulated online. According to the GRAMMYS’ official website, urbano music dominated streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora this past year. With the exclusion of these popular urban artists like J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, it has reaffirmed the Recording Academy’s well-documented bias against urban music.

“We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin Music,” the Recording Academy wrote in a statement responding to the controversy. “The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.”

Despite the controversy, we’re excited to see how the evening rolls out and if some of the acts use the platform to shine some positive light on the popular genre. This is also only the first round of performers that have been announced so far so keep on the lookout for more news on this special night!

The 2019 Latin GRAMMY Awards will air live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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