Tropicalia Festival Is Back For Its Third Year With Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis And Chicano Batman Headlining

Southern California music fans are rejoicing. Music festival giant Goldenvoice announced the return of Tropicália Music and Taco Festival on Nov. 9 and 10th. This year’s lineup once again is a showcase of the vibrant and beloved Latin music scene in Los Angeles which crossed every genre from oldies, hip-hop to indie rock. 

While previous lineups have looked like a mash of various genres, the festival is a reflecting playlist of the music many Latinos in Southern California grew up listening to. Acts like Los Angeles Azules, Mon Laferte, and Natalia Lafourcade have all taken the stage at the festival in the last two years. 

The two-day festival will be headlined by Caifanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, and CUCO. Natalia Lafourcade and so many more incredible acts will make the two-day festival a Latin music lovers dream. The Latino-centered festival will be in its third iteration but this time at a different location as the festival moves to the grounds of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena from its previous home, the Queen Mary Events Park.

This year’s festival will have a noticeably different lineup schedule with the two-day event being split into different blocks. 

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Day one is set to feature more of Latin American legacy performers like Los Tigres del Norte, Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G, Caifanes and Paquita la del Barrio. Day two is filled with more modern acts like Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, CUCO and Boy Pablo, who have all previously performed at the event.

The real treat of the festival will be the artists squeezed towards the bottom of the lineup slate. Ivy Queen, Bomba Estéreo, The Drums, La Santa Cecilia, Inspector, and The Marías makeup with the bottom half of Tropicalia this year. 

“[Tropicália] was spawned from the love of going to Mexican nightclubs, backyard parties and all-ages punk shows at community centers,” Jeff Shuman, the festivals lead talent buyer and also oversees the Observatory in Santa Ana, told the Los Angeles Times last year. 

The announcement of Tropicália has many music fans chiming in on what many are calling a “dream lineup.”

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With the Tropicália Instagram page teasing fans for the last week about who would be a part of the show, news of the lineup announcement had fans in a frenzy. Whether it’s a love for legacy acts like Los Tigres del Norte that many Latinos listened to growing up or their fandom for artists like CUCO, it’s been a generally positive response to the lineup. 

“Some of these artists I grew up seeing at the little festivals in my city as a younger teen. Some of the artists got me through some ROUGH times and were the background music to some of the best moments of my life,” one person said on Twitter. 

Yes, there are already some great memes in honor of this year’s Tropicália lineup.

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The two-day musical genre split has gotten the approval from many on social media who have been quick to point out what makes the festival so unique.

“Bruh tropicalia lineup even got my mom excited and wanting to go whoever planned that lineup is really catering to every age bracket,” one fan tweeted

“It definitely comes from local culture, you can see that in the lineup,” Paul Billings, Goldenvoice’s senior VP, told the LA Times last year. “If you look at the comments we get, it’s all ‘How did you get these artists to play together?’ It’s so distinct from anything else we do. Everyone who goes connects to the show, it’s so culturally relevant. The age demographic Is younger but It’s intergenerational, and you don’t see that at festivals that often.”

The festival has become quite popular in southern California among a young Latino demographic where music festivals in the past few years have been curated to specific genres and niches. Whether it be old school hip-hop, 2000s indie rock or Latin-American legacy acts, Tropicália has become an event that showcases the blend of these genres.  

L.A. Taco, a Los Angeles-based taco-focused website, will be curating the taco vendor lineup for the first time. There are already three announced vendors that include L.A. taco staples like Teddy’s Red Tacos, Balam Mexican Kitchen, Triple Threat and with more to be announced. Presale starts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon PST with the password TEQUIERO. Prices begin at $99. All passes go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PST.

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


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


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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