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JuanGa’s ‘El Noa Noa’ Just Got A Modern Trancey Twist In A Remake From Georgel & Esteman And I Don’t Hate It

While it’s been three years since the iconic Mexican singer Juan Gabriel’s alleged death, JuanGa’s legacy is still alive. Every time a sequin is handsewn onto a garment, Juanga gets another pair of golden angel wings. He doesn’t need anymore, guys! To usher in a new generation of Juanga stans, Mexican singer Georgel, and Colombian singer Esteman have put a modern twist on the 1980’s classic “El Noa Noa.” 

While Juan Gabriel’s sexual orientation was subject to speculation during and after his life, it goes without saying that his flamboyant style with his bold sequins and whimsical touches found a comfortable home in the LGBTQ+ canon. His persona evoked a sense of liberation that was inaccessible to queer Latinxs at the time. What makes this version of “El Noa Noa” different, and what marks a clear evolution of LGBTQ+ folks in the Latinx community, is that both Georgel and Esteman are out and proud. 

This song is personal for Georgel.

Georgel and Esteman teamed up with producer Juan Pablo Vega to create a unique and fresh cover of “El Noa Noa.” The music video premiered this week on Billboard. 

“I grew up thinking of Juan Gabriel as the greatest artist in Latin America,” Georgel told Remezcla. He and his husband, Guillermo Rosas were friends with Juan Gabriel who they remember by his real name, Alberto. Georgel believes the ’80s bop was Juanga’s way of giving the public a tiny taste of who he really was. 

“‘El Noa Noa’ was an international hit during the ’80s and a social phenomenon for the LGBTQ+ community,” he said. “It gave strength to the phrase, ‘ser de ambiente’ (being part of the LGBTQ+ community) and in my opinion, it was a window into the world where [Juan Gabriel] always wanted to live.”

To revamp the legendary hit would be a huge undertaking. Georgel enlisted the help of another gay Latinx artist, Colombian singer and songwriter Esteman to give “El Noa Noa” a modern electro-cumbia update. 

“There was immediate chemistry, artistically speaking,” Esteman told Billboard. “He told me he wanted to do the song with me, and I thought it was a great idea to bring this classic song to our generation.”  

“El Noa Noa” was ahead of its time.

Georgel and Esteman decided to go with a retro-futuristic music video which is no surprise since “El Noa Noa” was way ahead of its time. The song envisioned a world where patrons of a Juarez nightclub could dance and be themselves freely. 

“In my opinion, it’s the most fun, it’s the most uptempo, it’s the one that our Mexican and Latin culture remembers as a party song,” Georgel told Billboard. 

Whether intentionally or not, it’s hard not to imagine a place not too different from an LGBTQ+ nightclub with ball competitions or the sexual freedom kept safely hidden between the walls of the infamous New York City nightclub Studio 54 in the 1970s. 

Out of this world.

In the video, Georgel and Esteman ride around in a sportscar wearing sequined bomber jackets. After getting stranded on the highway they discover a glowing red door that transports them to a Juarez club with drag queens, astronauts, galaxies, and choreographed dance. Complete with voguing and aliens, the new “El Noa Noa” brings the surreal feeling of the song to life by showing viewers a different world, one that might even be better than this one. 

“It looks like we’re on another planet but basically, it’s to show that when you go to ‘El Noa Noa,’ everyone is different,” Esteman told Billboard. “The best part is the message it sends of accepting each other in this diverse world, where everyone is welcomed and where we have freedom of speech.” 

New generation. New freedoms.

While “El Noa Noa” may have been an unspoken LGBTQ+ anthem in the 1980s, in 2019, what was unsaid can now be spoken. Georgel and Esteman couldn’t be better messengers to continue Juanga’s legacy of freedom, liberation and being as extra as you can be. 

In the world that they have created, even if it only exists in a 4 minute music video, everyone finally gets to be themselves in a way that many people of Juanga’s time could not. Even if it still just a fantasy (because hello, there are 71 countries where it is illegal to be an LGBTQ+ person) there was a time when even suggesting the fantasy could have dangerous consequences. “El Noa Noa,” now. “El Noa Noa,” forever. 

“What’s beautiful about bringing it back in this day and age is that we are showing it to a new generation, reviving it and making it alive again with two voices that are part of the LGBT community,” Georgel said. 

Selena Tribute Concert Postponed Until Further Notice

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Selena Tribute Concert Postponed Until Further Notice

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It has been 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar. Since then, Selena’s fandom has continued to grow as younger generations have discovered her music. In honor of the late singer, a tribute concert was planned for May 9. Now, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the concert has been postponed until further notice.

Update March 26, 2:00 p.m.: Selena 25m a tribute concert, has been postponed.

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𝐓𝐈𝐂𝐊𝐄𝐓 𝐑𝐄𝐅𝐔𝐍𝐃 𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐈𝐂𝐄⁣ ⁣ Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Selena XXV concert will be rescheduled to a future date. ⁣ ⁣ Please hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled concert date.⁣ ⁣ REFUND REQUESTS FOR SELENA XXV SHOULD BE MADE AT THE ORIGINAL POINT OF PURCHASE⁣ ⁣ For tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, please contact Fan Support at 800-653-8000. Tickets purchased at the Alamodome will be refunded at the Box Office (M-F, 10 AM – 5 PM).⁣ ⁣ Please note that Alamodome Box Office hours are subject to change per current COVID-19 guidelines. For tickets purchased through a third-party vendor, please contact the seller.⁣ ⁣ 💜 ⁣ ⁣ 𝐀𝐕𝐈𝐒𝐎 𝐃𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐎𝐋𝐒𝐎 𝐃𝐄𝐋 𝐁𝐎𝐋𝐄𝐓𝐎⁣ ⁣ Debido a la situación actual de COVID-19, el concierto de Selena XXV se reprogramará para una fecha futura.⁣ ⁣ Guarde sus boletos, ya que serán honrados por la fecha reprogramada del concierto.⁣ ⁣ LAS SOLICITUDES DE REEMBOLSO PARA SELENA XXV DEBEN REALIZARSE EN EL PUNTO ORIGINAL DE COMPRA⁣ ⁣ Para los boletos comprados a través de Ticketmaster, comuníquese con Fan Support al 800-653-8000. Los boletos comprados en el Alamodome serán reembolsados en la taquilla (de lunes a viernes de 10 a.m. a 5 p.m.).⁣ ⁣ Tenga en cuenta que las horas de taquilla de Alamodome están sujetas a cambios según las pautas actuales de COVID-19. Para boletos comprados a través de un proveedor externo, comuníquese con el vendedor.

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“There are very uncertain times ahead given the nature of what’s going on right now. Our family truly understands everyone’s concerns about the COVID-19 virus. We’ve spent the past several days monitoring the situation and we feel that rescheduling the tribute concert for Selena is in the best interest of everyone,” Suzette Quintanilla said in a statement. “Rescheduling will give people time to feel more comfortable and bring calm and ease during this unprecedented time. We will continue to monitor the situation to select the best and most responsible date to ensure the safety of everyone coming to the event. It will still be held in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome.⁣

Music is taking a moment to honor Selena with a 25th-year tribute concert.

SelenaXXV is happening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The concert is bringing together some of the biggest names in Latin music to give fans a night to remember centered around La Reina of Tejano music.

The concert is happening on Saturday, May 9 in San Antonio because texas is the only place to have this concert.

Selena’s place in Latin music history is undeniable. She was the first major Latina musician to start breaking down barriers for future Latino artists to rise in mainstream music. Her crossover songs brought our culture and experience to mainstream music audiences.

Here are a few of the artists you can expect to see at the SelenaXXV concert:

Pitbull

There’s no way you can have a tribute concert to a Latin music legend without Mr. Worldwide. The Cuban musician has spent his career bettering his community and giving Latino representation around the world. Who better to keep the hyped energy for the concert that Pitbull?

Los Tucanes de Tijuana

We are definitely feeling this norteño take on Selena’s classics. The band is wildly popular for their solid and incredible norteño sound and we can only imagine what they will prepare to honor Selena. Mexican legends giving praise to a Mexican-American legend is everything.

Becky G

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Team work make the dream work. 😉🤍

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The Inglewood native already showed her respect and love for Selena during her last concert in Texas. The singer belted out a beautiful rendition of “Dreamin’ of You,” one of Selena’s most famous songs. It just seems like a natural choice to have Becky G back in San Antonio for more Selena tributes.

Ally Brooke

The former Fifth Harmony band member took the stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant to sing a medley of Selena’s songs. Fans of the pageant and of Selena were ecstatic that Selena was getting some recognition during one of the biggest pageants in the world.

You can find out all of the details and where to buy tickets to show here.

Who else is buying tickets to see the show?

READ: 25 Years After Her Death, A San Antonio Art Museum Is Displaying Some Never-Before-Seen Photos Of Selena

This Year Marks The End Of A Decade: Here Are The Most Viewed Latin Music Videos Of The 2010s

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This Year Marks The End Of A Decade: Here Are The Most Viewed Latin Music Videos Of The 2010s

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It’s November 2019, which means we’re only a few weeks away from the 21st century’s second decade’s official close. To commemorate that we’re something like 99% of the way through the ‘10s, we wanted to look back at the biggest happenings in music over the decade that we’re about to bid goodbye to. 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and re-visit the 2010s most played music videos.

As we head into the roaring 2020s, we look back at the decade’s top Latin music videos worldwide according to VEVO. Take a trip down memory lane with us and let’s relive all the memories attached to the hits that we couldn’t stop bumping from 2010 to 2019. 

1. Despacito – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

It’s not really surprising that this 2017 hit by Boricua powerhouses Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee landed on top of the list. The song was played on every radio station, it was listed in every top-ten chart, every single bar played it. The song single-handedly introduced the word ‘despacito’ to the whole world. Justin Bieber’s English version boosted the song’s crossover success there’s no denying that, but it was the single’s rythm and Fonsi’s voice that captivated listeners worldwide. 

2. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias feat. Descender Bueno, Gente de Zona

The summer of 2014 was defined by this song. And its video, became the first Spanish-language video to hit a billion views. With its flamenco undertones and Spanish guitar, the collaboration with Cuban rappers Gente de Zona and Descender Bueno added a unique flair and rythm to the song. ‘Bailando’ was later recorded in Spanglish with Sean Paul, and in Portuñol with Luan Santana. 

Shot in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, the video combines Spanish flamenco dancers with its traditional-inspired dresses and handclaps with a modern and laid-back fiesta on the streets. 

3. Mi Gente – J Balvin and Willy William

The collaboration between the Colombian reggaetón titan J Balvin and French DJ, producer and singer Willy William became an instant hit worldwide. If you didn’t hear this song played on a night out in 2017, it’s because you weren’t going out. The song was later remixed with Beyoncé for an even more successful release. 

4. Chantaje – Shakira feat. Maluma

The queen of belly dance did it again in 2016. When perhaps two of Colombia’s most famous musicians collaborated on this club-ready bop, the result was an international hit. The video sees Shakira show off her signature sensuous moves, luring the Medellín ‘pretty boy’ from a bodega and into a bar. 

5. Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – Shakira

The reworking of Cameroonian band Golden Sound’s 1986 hit “Zangaléwa” by the Colombian pop queen and South African Afro-Fusion group Freshlyground, served as the official soundtrack of 2010’s World Cup in South Africa. The video saw cameos from fútbol idols like Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué —who would later on become the singer’s husband. The song —and the video— were recorded in mutliple languages and was the first ever music video released in 3D.

6. Échame La Culpa – Luis Fonsi feat. Demi Lovato

The 2010s were definitely a great time for the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi. In November 2017, he was back at it again with another banger alongside pop star Demi Lovato. In the video the duo dance all night in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse party. The clip hit 17 million views on its first day out.

7. Mayores – Becky G feat. Bad Bunny

The chart-topping club hit ‘Mayores’ established Becky G’s status from “emerging” to pop-star. The song started as a joke about her relationship with Sebastian Lletget —a fútbol player 4 years older than the singer. Assisted by the king of Latin trap himself, the song was bound to become a hit. The video sees Becky G going home with an older man before tying him to the bed and scamming him, just to hop on Benito’s luxury car to escape into the night. 

8. Ay Vamos – J Balvin 

This song quickly became a reggaeton classic. The catchy line “peleamos, nos arreglamos, nos mantenemos en esa pero nos amamos,” resonated with just a few of us millennials and our complicated relationships. The video itself showed Balvin and his love interest in a torrid love-hate relationship and we bear witnesses to the couple’s pranks, fights and romantic moments. 

9. Calma – Pedro Capó, Farruko

“Vamos pa’ la playa, pa’ curarte el alma…” became everyone’s motto over the summer. The pop ballad is a slow, rythmic song, that invokes a Caribbean romance on the beach. Iconic rapper Daddy Yankee was a part of the remix which was released in October of last year. The video sees both singers biking, drinking, partying and just all in all having a great time on the beach —making all of us, city rats, jealous af. 

10. Vente Pa’ Ca – Ricky Martin feat. Maluma

Shot in Miami’s iconic South Beach, the track’s video showed the famous duo take a selfie before heading to a summer pool party. The party-worthy song topped every chart in Latin America in 2016. Ricky’s voice assisted by Maluma’s flairmade the song a pop hit which was played on every radio station all year round.