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Red Bull Estado Unidos De Bass Is Bringing Three Weeks Of Latin Music To Your Living Rooms

Red Bull is bringing us three weeks of Latin music to your living room in the time of Covid. As case spike and people are going back into stay-at-home orders, Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is giving you the entertainment you need to make it the most of the quarantine.

Red Bull is bringing the hottest Latin music artists into your home over the course of three weekends.

Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is here and over three weekends you will get to see seven jam sessions coming to you from five cities. You can check out some of your favorites performing Dec. 4-5, Dec. 10-12, adn Dec. 18-19. They are performing from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, New York, and Miami truly highlighting Latinos from across the country. Here is who you can expect to see perform.

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis is excited to be part of the Red Bull Estados Unidos de Bass because she is here for anything uplifting her people. The Colombian singer is grateful for the kind of creative inspiration she got while in isolation due to Covid and it shows.

“I’m not new to creating in isolation but it was refreshing to tap back into being locked in the house while creating,” Uchis said. She added: “[My fans] can always expect genuine things from me and always elevated from what I did last.”

Kinky

The band is making the most out of the quarantining this year to learn better ways to stay engaged and connected. While they have been locked away, the band members have had a chance to reconnect with themselves and who they are as musicians.

They appreciate being able to go back to the basics and remembering why they got into music in the first place. The band has been mixing the different sounds of Latin music into their own unique sound for 20 years.

Speaking of which, stay tuned for next year. The band is planning something to celebrate their 20th year of making your body move.

Tomasa del Real

The Chilean singer is also known as La Reina de Neoperreo because she is credited with literally creating it. The offshoot of reggaeton, born on social media, is a sound all its own and it has pushed Latin music to expand even more. Tomasa del Real is so grateful for the Internet and its ability to connect people so seamlessly during these times.

“I feel that in these difficult times, we as artists have had to use our imaginations to connect with our fans, thanks to the internet we have many safer alternatives for performing,” Tomasa del Real said. “It’s important to create new ways, we are in a digital era where entertainment has been adapting to what is happening around the world and where we are able to stay present.”

La Doña

La Doña’s vintage look is everything and the San Francisco artist’s vocal power backs up her amazing vibes. The musician considers herself lucky to be included in the same line up with so many influential and important artists.

“I am so excited to be included in this symposium of influential and genre-defying artists. It’s special to me to be able to congregate around “bass” and dance music in a time when we’re are more limited in our ability to engage with dance and el club,” La Doña said. “It’s especially exciting to me, as a Latina native to San Francisco, to have a showcase featuring Bay Area musicians, as this node of music and culture is so often overlooked.”

El Dusty

El Dusty is in it for the fans. The Latin Grammy nominated producer is ready to make the most of the performance via technology. Not only will he get a chance to perform with friends of his, but he will get to know his fans a different way.

“Touring is a huge part of my whole project,” El Dusty said. “Performing live helps me stay in contact with fans around the world but while we are in this battle it is fun getting to know my fans even better and communicating with them is aside then ever over the internet in our livestream chat rooms or over comments.”

Los Rakas

The Panamanian cousins are creating a sound that everyone can dig. As part of the Red Bull de Bass lineup, the cousins want to show their fans what they have been working on and hope to gain some new ones.

Red Bull is a perfect fit for the band by showcasing the best and matching with their own style. Most of all, Los Rakas want to make sure that they show their fans their commitment to being there for them no matter what. Fortunately, they are able to do so with a Covid-safe celebration of Latin music.

You can find out more about the event here.

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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