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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. 

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Cardi B and Olivia Rodrigo Had an Adorable Exchange on Twitter and Now Fans Are Calling For a Collab

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Cardi B and Olivia Rodrigo Had an Adorable Exchange on Twitter and Now Fans Are Calling For a Collab

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You may have heard of Olivia Rodrigo, the 17-year-old Disney Channel actress who has recently take the music industry by storm with the success of her debut single, “Driver’s License”.

Well you wouldn’t be the only one who is thinking about her. Recently, Cardi B tweeted about the viral song, namely lamenting over the fact that she does not have her driver’s license.

On Tuesday, Cardi tweeted out her frustration about the fact that she has to rely on other people to fulfill her late-night McDonald’s cravings.

“Just like that girl [who] wrote a song about getting her driver’s license, Imma write a song about the struggle of not having a drivers license,” she wrote. “I really wanted my McDonald’s at 4am last night instead of today, but I couldn’t so I felt asleep hungry.” More relatable words have never been spoken, tbh.

Shocked that the Bronx-born rapper even knows who she is, Rodrigo tweeted a response back at Cardi.

“Girl i will pick u up and take u wherever u wanna go,” Rodrigo wrote back.

Cardi, for her part, seemed excited to find a driver to take her on late-night McDonald’s runs. She wrote back: “Yaaayyy!!! Let’s go to McDonald’s and get happy meals!”

Cue the influx of Twitter stans demanding a future Olivia Rodrigo x Cardi B collab.

Olivia Rodrigo is just as surprised about “Driver’s License” success as everyone else is.

Rodrigo recently told Billboard that this past week, when “Driver’s License” shot to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart has been “the weirdest week of my whole life.”

Rodrigo was a relatively unknown Disney Channel star on Disney+’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” before this song hit the airwaves. Now she’s a pop sensation.

“So many people that I look up to have reached out and expressed their love for the song, which is absolutely surreal,” she told Billboard. But I truly am just the same 17-year-old girl, doing statistics homework in my bedroom.”

While many people are wondering what Rodrigo’s background is, she is proudly half-Filipino.

While some people have mistakenly called Olivia Rodriguez Latina, she is actually of Filipino descent, just like previous “High School Musical” star, Vanessa Hudgens. Just like Latin American countries, the Philippines were colonized by Spain–that is why so many people of Filipino descent have Spanish-sounding last names.

Rodrigo has talked at length about her cultural and familial roots. “My great-grandfather immigrated here from the Philippines when he was just a teenager. He’s my grandma’s dad, and my grandpa is also Filipino as well,” Rodrigo revealed in an interview with the Center for Asian American Media back in 2018.

“My dad grew up in a house where they were always making Filipino food, his grandpa always spoke Tagalog. All of those traditions have trickled down to our generation.”

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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For one of her upcoming projects, fans of Cardi B can expect a throwback to her older days. That’s right, Cardi B is stepping into a familiar role before the screen. The former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star has proven herself capable of making music bangers and in Hustlers she showed that she can hold her own when it comes to the big screen.

Now, the rapper is playing the lead in Paramount’s upcoming film Assisted Living.

Cardi was recently cast in the “raucous comedy” called Assisted Living.

According to Variety, the upcoming film “is being described as a ‘raucous comedy’ with ‘tremendous heart.’ Fans of Cardi can expect a film that looks quite a bit like Tootsie, Sister Act, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

The upcoming film follows Cardi B as Amber a small-time crook who gets herself into trouble when a heist goes wrong. “On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide, reports Variety. “Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has been in a major film.

In 2019 she appeared the blockbuster film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer.

And of course, for some time fans were hopeful that Cardi would take on the titular role of a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

According to CNN, the reality star-turned-rapper has been in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of the ‘90s sitcom.

Speaking about a potential reboot in 2018, Fran Drescher told Extra in an interview “[I’m] talking to her representation. It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Here’s hoping we get more Cardi B on screen!

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