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He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

In recent weeks, we have witnessed the rise to stardom of a few new YouTubers coming from Mexico. We are now quite familiar with the amazing channel “De mi rancho a tu cocina”, with an adorable Mexican abuelita, named Angela, who shares her traditional recipes and displays her natural talent to be in front of the camera (read more here). 

Well, there is another YouTube star coming out of Mexico, but he happens to be South Korean! He sings popular Mexican songs with such a pitch perfect voice that if you close your eyes and listen you think it is el mismísimo Príncipe de la canción, the recently deceased José José, serenading you with one of his legendary ballads. 

So this is J-jun, a South Korean student who is living in Guadalajara to learn Spanish.

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At first sight, he looks just like any other international student who wants to learn and immerse himself in the land of mariachis and tequila: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México! But J-jun is far from ordinary. He has an amazing voice and is obsessed with Mexican pop music icons!

And amazingly he is just learning Spanish but has an uncanny command of correct pronunciation 

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And we can tell he lives and breathes the language and is a pretty smart and dedicated guy. La noche es larga y el café barato! He has really put his mind and soul into learning la lengua de Cervantes. 

And he is an overnight YouTube sensation!

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He has over 70,000 followers on his YouTube account. And he deserves every single one of them. 

And people have started recognizing him on the streets of Guadalajara.

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Just look at his smile. Hermano, coreano, ya eres mexicano (do these words sound familiar? They were of course sang by thousands of Mexicans after South Korea defeated Germany in the latest World Cup and guaranteed Mexico’s ticket to the second round). Well, they absolutely apply for J-jun as well!

So this is why J-jun is a preeetty big deal.

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Koreans have a deep love for karaoke. Basically, when young Koreans go out chances are they will end up in a karaoke bar. Well J-jun has the voice of a true K-pop star but he sings in Spanish! 

In particular, he imitates José José perfectly.

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Just look at him singing “La nave del olvido”. We get goosebumps, se nos enchina la piel. 

Ya lo pasado, pasado… many Mexicans are mourning José José in the best possible way: through music.

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And his version of “Ya lo pasado, pasado” has all the right mood swings that the great Mexican singer infused the rola with. It is important to note that J-jun started singing Mexican songs while in South Korea, before moving to Mexico to study. 

Sing with us…. ya lo pasado, pasaaaaaado!

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Ay, dolor! We just can’t contain back some tears of sadness, but also of joy. Sing with us… “no me interesa…”. 

And South Korean Juanga is here! Si tu quieres seremos amigos.

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If imitating José José requires professional singing skills, just imagine trying to do a Juan Gabriel impersonation. Well, our fave South Korean YouTuber does an amazing job. Just look at him singing “Así fue”. Just wow. We miss Juanga but we feel like his spirit might have found an unlikely conduit. Ay, nanita. 

And of course, his magnum opus…. “El triste”. No, he is not lip-syncing. 

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Thousands have tried but ultimately fail. “El Triste” has to be the hardest ballad to nail in Spanish. The tones and intensity of the song go up and down and is anyone’s singing nightmare. He reminds us of José José’s legendary OTI presentation, when flowers and clapping showered him like a modern day god. But he totally takes our breath away. See for yourself. 

José José would approve!

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Pido un aplauso para el amor… and for this great South Korean dude with a Mexican soul. 

And damn, he can sing salsa OK? This is Marc Anthony’s “Mi vida”.

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He has some amazing looks as well! An instant star! Look at him salsa…. a veces llega la lluvia, para limpiar las heridas… 

And just how adorbs is his family!

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At the end, his 15 minutes of fame have not gotten to him and he remains a simple, humble young man. He often shares family moments with his fans on Instagram, like this one with his mom and his nephew. Ternurita! Wanna join his thousands of YouTube fans? Well, you just gotta go here.

She Broke The Internet With Her Recipe Videos And Now This Abuelita Is Being Recognized By YouTube

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She Broke The Internet With Her Recipe Videos And Now This Abuelita Is Being Recognized By YouTube

Remember Doña Angelita, the adorable Mexican abuelita who became internet famous by sharing her traditional recipes online? Well, she was recently recognized by YouTube as a leading influencer. And we can’t celebrate this enough! One of the things we love about online cultures when they are at their best is how everyday people who have extraordinary talents can share their uniqueness with the world. 

This amazing woman is now loved and respected by literally millions, as she has provided access to life un rural Mexico. Rural and indigenous Mexicans (and Latin Americans in general) are marginalized when it comes to sharing their lives on social media and becoming mainstream. So this case has helped spread the word on the awesomeness of traditional food and rustic cooking methods. 

She has also helped in the preservation of traditional recipes that can get lost if they are not properly archived: with her YouTube videos, she has made sure that the methods, ingredients and human touch of dishes that have been passed down generations of Mexicans are kept alive in the digital era. And we cannot thank her enough. La queremos mucho, Doña Angelita!

YouTube sent her two plaques to make her online popularity official.

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In a photo that Doña Angelita shared in her official Facebook page we can see her holding two plaques with one of her granddaughters. The golden plaque is a real achievement: it states that her YouTube channel has surpassed 1,000,000 subscribers, not an easy feat at all! Just look at her proud smile, the product of many years of perfecting her culinary skills in silence and the pride of finally being able to share it with the help of her family. This is as authentic as it gets. And for those hipsters who love organic…. just look at the beautiful produce she uses in her food. 

She will soon reach two million subscribers! Sí se puede, sí se puede…

The latest count reads 1.53 million subscribers. Not bad at all! a few months ago this total superstar lived in anonymity in her native Michoacan, hiding two unique talents: great skill in keeping culinary tradition alive through old proven cooking methods, and a charm in front of the camera that is as spontaneous as it is relatable. We are sure that her popularity will just continue to subir como la espuma. We just hope that her work continues to be as authentic as it has been so far, and that it doesn’t get watered down with corporate sponsorships. But, come to think about it, we also want her to get what she deserves!

Because we can all remember an abuelita that looks like the sweet Doña Angelita.

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One of the reasons why she has become such a star is that her charisma and tenderness reminds us of our own abuelitas or aunties who spent hours cleaning frijoles while chatting to us. Many of us remember the endless afternoons we spent watching our abuelitas stir a pot. For many Latinos, the first forays into the kitchen had to do with private cooking lessons from those strong, beautiful souls called abuelitas. These private lessons are a treasure that even Chef Gordon Ramsey would envy! 

Fame has also allowed her to fulfil some of her dreams!

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And of course all this fame has come with some much deserved perks! Our favorite online celebrity was able to take her husband and her family to a beach holiday thanks to the support her YouTube channel has gotten. She had never been to the beach, and the photos she shared on her official Facebook page are beautiful, so joyous. It is things like this that make us believe in humanity again! 

And she gets her viejo to help with the cooking too! Her success is a communal, family effort.

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Just look at this adorable moment. In her Facebook page Doña Angelita makes it clear that her success is not a one-woman-show. Her success is also a testament of the support and solidarity that many Latinos find in their immediate family. We also love how her success story counters gender stereotypes. Her story also defies the notion that once you are over 50 your working life, particularly if you are a woman, is over. Her success story also makes us wonder how many people with hidden talents are out there. We hope for many more of these viral personalities to emerge, as they are nice change considering the huge amount of empty and narcissistic messages floating around in the influencer industry.

The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

One of Mexico’s greatest icons continues to inspire people with tributes and ceremonies around the world. The death of José José sent much of Latin America into a deep mourning but now those same communities are celebrating the late-singer’s monumental legacy. 

And all of this celebration and remembrance comes shortly after an intense family drama fit for a telenovela. I mean, his body actually went missing. Like it doesn’t get more telenovela than that. But, at last, his body has been located, his family seems to have set aside their differences, and the world is coming together to remember the ‘Prince of Song.’ 

His public funeral was held in Miami and attended by his family, celebs, and fans from around the world. 

The public funeral was held at the Miami Dade Country Auditorium. Yes, José José was a Mexican legend but he inspired his fans from across Latin America and so, the crowd at the public funeral featured people from all walks of life and from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, among others.

It was a closed casket memorial. On Tuesday, it was revealed that José José’s body was not in the casket during the memorial, as it was still at the morgue.

Fans came out to celebrate the legacy of a man who had been singing since the 1970s, when he rose to fame with his first hit, “El Triste”.

Always dressed elegantly, the gifted singer was a combination of baritone and lyric tenor and revered for his ability to sustain long notes. The Latin American cultural icon, who was known for moving audiences to tears with melancholic love ballads, told fans in 2017 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

Fans in Miami weren’t the only ones celebrating the legacy of the Mexican great.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday at one of Mexico City’s most famous parks, Alameda Central, to pay homage to the late singer. Fans were seen singing José José’s most famous songs. Some even dressed up as the singer.

As drama between the family spiraled out of control back in the US, many Mexicans worried that there may not be a proper memorial service in Mexico.

The death of José José hit hard in Mexico, which endured the 2016 death of another cherished crooner from the same era: Juan Gabriel.

And all of this played out just days after a seemingly broken family came together to celebrate the pop icon.

The drama started just days after the singer’s death when two siblings, José Joel and Marysol, accused their half-sister, Sarita, of hiding their father’s body.

The relationship between the two oldest siblings and José José’s youngest – Sarita Sosa – has been strained, particularly since the late crooner’s announcement in 2017 that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, which prompted Sarita to move to Miami, drawing accusations of trying to profit from his legacy.

“We have every right to see my dad,” Marysol said to TV Azteca. “My half sister has a lot to explain to me and to all of Mexico. “Please, wherever you are, get in touch with us. I’ve been talking to you all day and I’m here, and I’ve been telling you since yesterday: I see my dad’s body, or I don’t believe anything.”

Whatever differences these siblings once shared seemed to have blown over in the wake of their father’s memorial services.

And it looks like the drama continues, as the family decides what to do with the singer’s remains.

The posthumous homecoming ceremony for José José in his native Mexico is caught up in a family conflict over the singer’s remains that are still in Miami, where he lived for decades.

José Joel Sosa said on Monday that he and his sister halted their father’s cremation because they wanted the entire body for the Mexico City memorial service. His other daughter in Miami, Sarita Sosa, said José José wanted half of his ashes to stay in Florida and the other to go to Mexico.

However, as of Wednesday, news reports indicated that the late-singer had already been cremated and half of his ashes would likely arrive in Mexico later in the day.

Telemundo reports that José José’s ashes will be divided among his three children – Marysol and José Joel from his second marriage to Ana Elena Noreña and Sarita from his third to Sara Salazar.

José José will be honored in a special memorial in Mexico City on Wednesday, where a portion of his ashes will be displayed for his fans and family to pay tribute.

It’s been an uphill battle for Marysol and José Joel, who tried to prevent their father’s cremation. The brother and sister wanted the singer’s body to be present for the Mexican memorial service and to be laid to rest in his native country. José Joel even pleaded to his late father’s wife, Salazar, and his step-sister a day before the cremation during an interview with Univision to stop the process and let his body rest in Mexico.