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Cardi B Sings A Camilo Sesto Song Reminding Us His Legendary Music Transcends Generations And Genres

Cardi B took to social media to do a brief musical tribute to the late Spanish artist Camilo Sesto on Monday. The singer and songwriter, who has been a beloved musical staple in the Spanish-speaking world since the 1970s, passed away this weekend.

Born Camilo Blanes Cortés in Alcoy, Spain, Sesto has sold over 180 million records worldwide over the span of his 40-year career. Known for his romantic rock ballads, Sesto succumbed to heart failure on Sunday. He was 72 years old. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the artist on social media. However, it was Cardi’s tribute that left a few baffled.

Cardi B pays homage to Camilo Sesto.

The “Money” rapper took to her Instagram stories to share a selfie video of herself lip-syncing to Sesto’s song “Jamas.” While Cardi is of Dominican heritage, it is not uncommon for there to be cultural diffusion in the Spanish-speaking world. Our tíos and tías make sure of it. 

However, Sesto recorded songs in multiple languages including English, Catalan, Italian, German, Japanese, and Portuguese. So you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear anyone referencing his music. The man had global appeal if there was ever a word for it. 

A Latin legend passes away at 72 years old.

“Queridos amigos & amigas. Lamentamos mucho comunicaros que nuestro gran y querido artista Camilo Sesto nos acaba de dejar. Descanse en paz,” Sesto’s management announced on Twitter.

Translation: “Our dear friends, we are very sorry to inform you that our great and dear artist Camilo Sesto has just left us. Rest In Peace.”

Sesto’s manager, Eduardo Guervós, confirmed the artist’s death to Spanish public broadcaster TVE. Sesto died in a Madrid hospital after experiencing two heart attacks. The death came as a shock to fans as the 72-year-old was just 8 days away from his next birthday, had an album set for release this week, and planned to embark on a tour in the United States this October. 

In 2003, Sesto survived a liver transplant and stunned fans with his comeback album Alma. In 2011, he was awarded the “Highest Hispanic Pride” medal in Las Vegas in which the day was declared Camilo Sesto’s Day in Nevada.

A 40-year legacy left behind.

Sesto came to prominence in the 1970s and has been prolific ever since. The singer-songwriter has released 20 albums, written songs for prominent artists such as Ángela Carrasco, Miguel Bosé, Lucía Méndez, Charytín Goyco and José José. A pioneer in Spanish-language rock ballads, his music would even influence rock icons such as The Beatles. 

His hits included the songs Algo de mí,” ”Perdóname,” and “Melina.” Sesto was also an actor who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Spanish version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. 

Fans had a mixed reaction to Cardi’s homage.

“Cardi B singing Camilo Sesto songs on IG stories – she’s just a Latina mom like the rest of our moms haha,” one user wrote.

Other fans were baffled that Cardi was a fan of the late singer’s, joking that we must live in some kind of simulation or alternate reality. 

Translation: “Cardi B listening to Camilo Sesto, we definitely live in a simulation,” another user joked.

“After seeing Cardi B singing songs of Camilo Sesto, the day can only get worse,” another person said.

Cardi wasn’t the only one to honor Sesto’s memory.

“With his genuine voice, as an interpreter and composer, he managed to be one of the most beloved and universal artists. Spain and all Latin America lament the loss of Camilo Sesto,” Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted about the loss of the legendary artist. “A hug to his family and the world of music. His melodies will always be part of our memory.”

Antonio Banderas joined in those mourning the loss of this mega star.

“From ‘I can no longer’ to the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, he [Camilo Sesto] leaves us many emblematic songs that make up the soundtrack of our lives and time can not take that away,” the actor Antonio Banderas tweeted. 

He even had a writer for the LA Times commemorate his successes.

“Back in the 80s, the women in my family shed many tears listening to the legendary Camilo Sesto. His music was a love song to all the precious things they left behind in Central America,” wrote Esmeralda Bermudez, a writer for the Los Angeles Times

Sometimes we underestimate the reach of Spanish-speaking artists. Perhaps, it is how America continues to trap us in a bottle. Not all art may make it into the mainstream cultural zeitgeist of the United States, but that doesn’t mean hundreds of millions of people don’t adore it. Sometimes it’s the massive hole a loss leaves behind that illuminates just how impactful Latin culture is. 

This Is What Cardi B Thinks Of Instagram Taking Away ‘Likes’ And Here’s Why She’s Right

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This Is What Cardi B Thinks Of Instagram Taking Away ‘Likes’ And Here’s Why She’s Right

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Earlier this year, Instagram began trialling the removal of likes in Canada. In a bid to reduce stress and anxiety surrounding the user experience with the platform, Instagram has announced that the social media will be test hiding likes in the US, too —And Cardi B had some thoughts. 

Instagram announced that the platform will be hiding ‘likes’ in the US this week.

Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri, announced last Friday that the platform will be hiding the number of ‘likes’ on posts this week. The new feature is being met with strong backlash, especially many influencers and celebrities —among them, the opinionated rapper, Cardi B.

Cardi B took to Instagram to protest the feature, arguing that removing likes wouldn’t make Instagram any less toxic because “the comments affect more than the likes.”

The rapper posted a video on Instagram, explaining how she believes that the comments section is more toxic to users than seeing likes or not. She said: “If anything is affecting Instagram right now, I really feel it’s the way the comments have been done or have been changing these past few years.” 

Cardi voiced her concerns of the comments section, pointing out how many trolls will post triggering comments just to get reactions.“That’s when I feel like when people started sayin’ nasty things … somebody would just say something so vile because … they want comments back,” she explained.“Because I feel people been saying the most weirdest shit, been starting the craziest arguments, been starting to race bait, all because of comments, because they want to get to the top, they want to get the most reactions.”

The feature was already been tested in other countries, and now that it’s coming to the US, celebrities are sharing their take.

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The feature has already been tried out in seven countries including Australia, Ireland, and Canada in recent months. When it was rolled out there, influencers complained that hiding likes would give them less leverage over brand deals and sponsored content now, celebrities are calling out the app for experimenting with removing likes, with some threatening to stop posting to Instagram.

Nicki Minaj says she won’t be posting on IG anymore.

Another rapper known for not holding back on sharing her opinions, threatened to stop posting on Instagram if the feature were to take effect. What indeed would we do with all the time we’d have without Instagram?

Nicki has a sort of conspiracy theory to explain what’s behind Instagram’s new move.

Minaj went on to tweet about her speculation that Instagram is hiding likes to manipulate what posts users get to see in their feed, regardless of how much engagement posts are getting. Nicki’s speculations might have some grounds. She referred to the well-documented phenomenon of YouTube view counts fluctuating after videos are posted, which can happen when YouTube determines views come from bots or other fraudulent sources.

Juicy J also had something to say about the new IG feature.

The rapper predicts backlash against the change, tweeting that he expected people to leave Instagram and go “back to real life.”

Others however, think that the decision to hide likes is a good thing.

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Despite having more than 151 million Instagram followers and the platform being crucial to making some of her $350 million personal net worth, Kim Kardashian West seems to agree with Instagram’s decision to hide ‘likes’. “As far as mental health, I mean it’s something that taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people,” Kardashian West said during The New York Times’ DealBook conference last week.

Tracee Ellis Ross also voiced her support for the change.

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Everyone’s favorite person on IG right now, Tracee Ellis Ross, is also in support of removing likes. She said that the like count had “adverse effects.” “It creates a culture that isn’t helpful for well-being and isn’t fruitful for creative energy,” during a panel discussion with Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri.

The popularity-contest-style pressure associated with Instagram likes will probably just shift to another one of the many metrics measured on the platform —or who knows, maybe the move will actually make everyone happy? Either way, the social media platform will be rolling out the new feature on a small group of users this week, whether we like it or not. And we’ll be keeping our eyes open to see what the change brings.

Cardi B Takes To Instagram To Share A Heartfelt Message About Her Late Abuelita

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Cardi B Takes To Instagram To Share A Heartfelt Message About Her Late Abuelita

Yesterday, Cardi B took to Instagram to share a short message with her fans about her late abuela who died on November 11, 2011. The “I Like It” singer shared a coincidence with her fans that she believed had a divine meaning to it.

Just last month a video surfaced of Cardi B dancing merengue at her other grandmother’s 80th birthday party in the Dominican Republic the night before headling the Austin City Limits Festival. Needless to say, the Caribbean artist seems close to her family and elders. 

Cardi B shares a message “from” late grandmother with her fans. 

“Good morning guys. My grandma passed away 11-11-11. I look down on my phone is 11:11. I know for a fact she watching me.Thank you, Lord, for them small little messages that let me know you real,” Cardi B wrote in the Instagram caption. 

Cardi B believes seeing the time 11:11 corresponds with the date of her late grandmother’s death on November 11, 2011. While little is known about the circumstances of her grandmother’s passing, fans on social media showed their support. 

“Those are power numbers aka master numbers ✨ she for sure is your guardian angel, and in that moment she was sending u a message. Listen, pay attention and stay woke. Keep on manifesting all your blessings,” actress and singer Jessenia Gallegos wrote to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper. 

Many believe that the numbers 1111 are “angel numbers” or scared in some way. Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina chimed in with “I miss her soo much.” 

“Angel numbers are SO real. It’s what led me to Tarot reading. After one of my best friends passed, she sent me 444 and hummingbirds all the time. Our angels and spirit guides are always with us,” Chris Crocker told Cardi on Instagram. 

“I’m so sorry for your loss may God bless you and your family. She’s definitely watching over you and is proud of the legend your becoming,” songwriter Swazy Styles wrote in the comments. 

1111 does have some ties to biblical meanings.

According to AngelNumber.org, for thousands of years, many people believed that one way God speaks to people is through numbers. 

In the Bible, Jacob travels with his 11 sons, in Luke 11:11 the Father is discovered to be more benevolent than the Old Testament describes.

“Number 1111 is considered to be a symbol of a wake-up call and spiritual awakening. If this number enters your life and if you see it everywhere, it is a sign that God is calling you. It is necessary to find your spiritual path and to follow it. You need to focus more on your spiritual growth and you need to realize that material things don’t have any importance in your life,” the website claims. 

Judging from the response that Cardi got from fans and friends, many people still believe there’s a little more to 1111 than meets the eye. True or not — it probably brings comfort to plenty of people to think seeing 1111 means their God might be calling them to a greater purpose. 

Cardi B has been open about her Catholic faith. 

“If you know me, you know that I have this deep connection to God,” Cardi B said on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show in 2017. “Is it crazy for me to say that I used to ask God to please help me? The strip club really helped me. I can say that it saved me…God put that in my way.” 

In “Does God Listen to Cardi B?” columnist Brandi Miller highlights how many women in the Bible are more like Cardi than many Christians would care to share, but just as women who take pride in their sexuality today, those examples in the Bibles aren’t so revered. 

“The Bible is full of people who have stories that look a lot like Cardi B’s. Ester is a concubine in a king’s court and after winning a sexualized royal beauty pageant is honored for saving the Jews from genocide,” Miller wrote. “Paul and his gang of “thugs” initially murdered Christians, and we now call Paul a father of the faith. David is an arrogant man with a multitude of sins, and we have no problem touting him as a ‘man after God’s own heart.'”

Regardless of whatever 1111 or Christianity means to you, for Cardi B her success and her family seem inseparable from her spirituality no matter how she chooses to observe it.

“If I was to see Jesus Christ… I would kiss his feet. I wish I could give God a hug, bro,” she said on Instagram in 2018.