As part of the Global Citizen Festival this year, musicians such as Neil Young, The Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Shakira, performed live in Hamburg, Germany. In the spirit of “Global Citizen,” which is a platform that focuses on social change around the world, Coldplay and Shakira collaborated on stage to perform some of their most popular songs together. As Chris Martin was getting ready to introduce Shakira onto the stage, he told the crowd, “Now we’re going to try something musical, which could be a disaster, but it could be amazing.” But despite the doubts Chris Martin may have had about the performance (particularly singing in Spanish), as soon as he said, “…from Colombia,” the crowd started to cheer even louder in excitement. Check out how amazing this Coldplay and Shakira duet turned out as they sang along to some of their hit songs including, “Yellow,” “Chantaje,” and “Me Enamoré.”
The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1.
Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.
Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.”
“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.”
Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park.
The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.
Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.
The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”
The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives.
Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship. In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.
Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.
It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.
The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.
This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy.
San Cha’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman.
Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event.
For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music.
August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.
No, Shakira doesn’t have a secret sister you’ve never heard of. Rebecca Maiellano or Shakibecca is the Grammy-Award winning artist’s “international double.” Much like Connie Peña who performs as Jennifer Lopez’s doppelganger, Shakibecca is one of many celebrity impersonators that is able to make a living by paying tribute to the idols they coincidentally look just like.
However, not all celebrity doubles are living a life of imitation, others like Mayor Allison Madison who went viral as Cardi B’s double, simply share an uncanny resemblance with the star.
Rebecca Maiellano is Shakira’s “international double.”
Venezuelan singer-songwriter Rebecca Maiellano calls herself Shakira’s “international double.” Maiellano puts on a show called Shakibecca Live, and has performed her act on numerous television shows like Univision’s Despierta América. With curly blonde locks, Shakibecca imitates Shakira not just in her manner of dress but also the “La Tortura” singer’s unique voice. The uncanny imitator has garnered her own fanbase of over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Shakibecca Live is a tribute to her favorite Colombian singer where she performs in front of live audiences with a band and covers Shakira’s greatest hits. If you can make a living honoring your favorite artists and singing some of your favorite songs — that’s not a bad gig at all.
Maiellano got the honor of meeting her idol in Mexico where they looked strikingly similar, even wearing similar tights.
Even the old age app seems to think these two could be twins.
Like everyone else over the summer, Maiellano used the aging app, except she used a photo of herself and Shakira. The results were startling.
“Con ustedes: Las Shakiabuelitas,” Maiellano wrote on Instagram. “¡Bendecido #domingo para todos nosotros! Los quiero mucho.”
Shakira isn’t the only celebrity with a look alike. Jennifer Lopez recently met hers too.
Connie Peña has also successfully built a following around living a life of homage to her favorite Puerto Rican pop star Jennifer Lopez. The enterprising single mom has amassed a following of 70,000 on Instagram and met the future-Oscar-winner over the summer during the “It’s My Party” tour.
“I finally got the opportunity to meet the Ms Jennifer Lopez, the LEGEND, My ICON, and the woman that has motivated me and impacted my life in so many ways! This day changed my life. I had been waiting so very long for this day to come. I’ve never been so nervous in my life! It has been 1 year to date that I announced to the world that I would be doing the first ever tribute to her,” Peña wrote on Instagram.
Peña said that though she had pondered the moment of meeting her fave for years, she was so nervous in her presence not a single question would come out. Who could blame her?
“The only thing I could get out of my mouth was thanking her for being who she is and how much of a motivation she has been to me and how I am working really hard to bring the first tribute show to her in her honor. It was such a blessing to she her reaction and smile at me and the HUG we had given to each other was unforgettable. Hearing her tell me that ‘WE LOOK ALIKE,’ made my heart drop with joy!” Peña continued.
The Mexican and Peruvian mother of two said she didn’t need to go on about why she chose to devote her life to honoring J.Lo because the “I’m Real” singer’s body of work speaks for itself.
Cardi B’s “twin” also went viral this year and just so happens to be mayor of Mound City, Illinois.
“I am Cardi B’s mom,” Mayor Allison Madison joked in a BET interview. The only difference is Madison isn’t an impersonator, she just happens to look like Cardi and went viral because of it. Madison made history when she became the first black mayor and the first woman mayor of Mound City, Illinois.
“If there was anything I would tell Cardi B is that she’s going to look good in 40 years,” Madison, who is 40 years older than the 26-year-old rapper, joked.
Madison made it clear why she is mayor. She praised Cardi B for being honest and authentic about her past struggles and how she overcame them.
“She’s not worried about what people think, what they say. She is who she is,” she said. “I have had a little adversity… men don’t like the fact a woman [is] being over them.”
While on The Breakfast Club, Cardi B tried to front but admitted, “She fake kind of look likes me. I ain’t gonna lie, I might look like her or something.”
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