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People Are Rooting For Romeo Santos To Make His Young Fan’s Dream Come True By Performing With Him

Odali Ferreras is just 10-years-old but might be closer than ever to achieving his ultimate dream: playing a song with Dominican bachatero Romeo Santos. Well before Odali was featured in a video segment on Al Rojo Vivo earlier this week, Romeo Ferreras had posted a video to Instagram of the bachaterito strumming up a tune. On two separate occasions, Santos has posted videos of Odali singing, captioning one, “Dios Lo Bendiga” or “God Bless You.” The fact that little Odali is on Santos’ radar, along with his 17.1 million followers, is a feat in itself. That said, once we heard him perform, we knew the recognition was nothing but deserved. 

Santos’ fans are calling on the singer to make this little boy’s dreams come true. We’re with them.

Odali is so skilled that he can play the guitar with it behind his back.

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“Right now, my biggest dream is to play a song with Romeo Santos,” Odali told Al Rojo VivoIn Odali’s short little life, he’s mastered the guitar. He started playing when he was just 6 years old, which sounds young until you remember that he’s been playing music for just four years. At first, he played the piano, but when his piano broke, his father made a fateful decision. “I gave him my guitar and taught him the basics,” his father told the outlet.

Ever since, Odali has been devoted to Romeo Santos’ música. “It’s that Romeo is a complete artist, who sings with a lot of feeling. And I like his style,” Odali told Listín Diario. While Romeo Santos is his favorite artist, he’s also a fan of Anthony Santos, Frank Reyes, and El Chaval, according to the outlet. Odali has long felt emotionally boosted by Santos. Santos commented on a video of Odali singing “Yo Me Quedo,” wishing God’s blessings on the young boy during a time when his mother was very sick. 

Odali’s mother died just four months ago, prompting him to sing his own version of Santos’ “Mi Madre Querida.”

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His mother tragically died of a severe case of pneumonia. As he started singing the words, “mi madre querida,” he got choked up but kept strumming. Eventually, he belted out the next verse. Odali told the Al Rojo Vivo reporter that he hopes his love for music will one day help financially support his widowed father and little sister, Odaliza. By continuing to sing, Odali would be living out his mother’s wishes, as she was a huge supporter of Odali. She was still trying to teach him to dance merengue when she died. Odali’s father says that music has been a great source of comfort for his son. “We are going to church, where he sings, and the company of his guitar has given him strength to continue,” his father told Listín Diario.

Little Odali has his own Instagram account, managed by his father, and when he noticed that Romeo Santos shared a video of Odali to the gram about four months ago, he responded. “Good afternoon Mr. Romeo Santos,” Odali (or his father) commented. “I would like to meet you one day when you come to the DR and play a song with you if God allows.”

Fans are calling on Romeo Santos to give Odali a little Christmas miracle at the end of a heartbreaking year.

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“My tears came out, *wao*, keep it up!” commented Cristian Fernandez. “We can make your dream happen and also study, future star!” “Help him Romeo,” one Instagram user comments on Santos’ post. “Lost his mother and wants to help his father and little sister…I was very sad that his mother died.” Folks are tagging Romeo Santos all over the place, asking “Babe, please give the kid a chance, you’re his idol and all he wants is to sing a song with you!” Odali’s father took him to see Romeo Santos just last week in La Vega, and was hoping to “even say hello,” according to Listín Diario.

“I would like to study music,” little Odali told Listín Diario, “but we have no money and here in Constance there is nowhere to study it, but I would love to be able to become a great artist like Romeo, with that style he has. I love his new songs.” Keep going for it, Odali. You’re all our teacher.

READ: Romeo Santos Became First Latinx Artist To Headline MetLife Stadium And The Latino Gang Was Their To Celebrate

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_


“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13


“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc


“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”
elizabethm_herrera

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15


“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009


“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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