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Latinos Showed Their Power On The Stages Of Coachella 2019

Latin music is dominating the game, and after sleeping on Spanish-language artists for far too long, Coachella finally took notice. The massive mixed-genre music festival at the Indio, Calif. Desert kicked off over the weekend, and Latinx artists came through, sparked up stages and made history.

On Friday, the hitmakers behind one of 2018’s biggest jams, “Taki Taki,” surprised fans during DJ Snake’s evening performance. After Cardi B’s very pregnant show last year, she hit the stage again, this time accompanied by Puerto Rican-Dominican reggaetonero Ozuna and Selena Gomez, who re-entered the spotlight after about a year away for her first-ever Coachella performance.

That same day, Los Tucanes de Tijuana made history as the first norteño group to ever play at Coachella, which happens to also be one of the first cities the band played at in the US. Performing their fan favorite “La Chona,” the group, and its hundreds of fans, brought a piece of Mexico to one of the whitest festivals in the nation. But they weren’t the only Latinx or Spanish-speaking acts to take up space on Day No. 1. Earlier Friday, the Chilean queen of neoperreo Tomasa del Real, the Nuyorican-fronted band Hurray for the Riff Raff, Grammy Award-winning Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte and Spain’s biggest solo act of the moment Rosalía all graced stages to perform their global hits.

Day No. 2 was also historic for Latinx artists. On Saturday evening, J Balvin became the first reggaeton artist to play the main stage at Coachella. The international hitmaker, who joined Beyoncé at Coachella last year for her performance of “Mi Gente,” played some of his biggest songs, including his latest “Con Altura,” bringing Spanish singer Rosalía out on stage for the show. Acknowledging the historic moment of his performance, the Colombian singer paid tribute to the Puerto Rican originators of the reggaeton genre, playing a medley of mid-00s hits like N.O.R.E. and Nina Sky’s “Oye Mi Canto,” Wisin y Yandel’s “Rakata” and Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” That day, rock band the Red Pears, Chilean electropop star Javiera Mena and Puerto Rican-Cuban soul singer Sabrina Claudio also had first-time performances.

On Sunday, Bad Bunny blessed thousands of Coachella attendees, many donning rabbit ear headbands, when he took the stage. The Puerto Rican star of Latin trap performed bangers from his surprise debut album X100PRE as well as hits like “Te Bote,” “I Like It” and “Sensualidad,” bringing out J Balvin for the latter two. Waving a Puerto Rican flag across the stage, fans held their own banderas in the sky, presenting one of the proudest Latinx shows in Coachella history. Earlier in the day, Coachella-based cumbia rap group Ocho Ojos, Oxnard native disco crooner Cola Boyy, Afro-Puerto Rican rapper Rico Nasty and New Jersey dominicana 070 shake also gave fiery performances.

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That same day, Cardi made another surprise appearance, this time at #REVOLVEFestival, one of the music event’s hottest parties, where she performed alongside her husband Offset. Their PDA-filled show is evidence that the two artists are in a better place since reconciling following their brief split in December.

With legendary acts like Los Tucanes de Tijuana, to current urbano megastars like Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, to rising artists like Javiera Mena and Rico Nasty, Coachella 2019 finally showed the diverse talent and power of Latin America and Latinx America to its massive audience.

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Bad Bunny’s ‘6 Rings’ Is The Touching Tribute To Kobe Bryant That Only San Benito Could Provide

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Bad Bunny’s ‘6 Rings’ Is The Touching Tribute To Kobe Bryant That Only San Benito Could Provide

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Kobe Bryant’s death on Jan. 26 shocked the sporting world millions of fans around the world. News that his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was also on the helicopter when it crashed furthered the heartbreak. Tributes and love have been pouring in for Kobe and his daughter and now Bad Bunny released a song dedicated tot he basketball legend.

Bad Bunny’s song “6 Rings” in honor of Kobe Bryant is a heartfelt note to an incredible father and athlete.

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Bad Bunny really went for it with his song honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Kobe was an inspiration for millions of people and his death was a shock that is still being felt. Bad Bunny’s song has brought those emotions back to the surface.

The lyrics are bringing fans of the basketball player to tears.

Kobe fans are grieving the sudden loss of the sports star. The lyrics of Bad Bunny’s song are both helping fans grieve and celebrate Kobe and his incredible career.

Even Soundcloud chimed in to honor Kobe via Bad Bunny’s tweet about the song.

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The last 24 seconds of the song are audio of Kobe Bryant speaking to fans. It ends with the basketball player saying, “Mamba out” followed by cheers from fans. The touching addition of Kobe’s voice makes the song more powerful and emotionally charged.

The sound of Kobe’s voice in the song is just too much for some of the people listening to the song.

Hearing his voice is just too real for some people still grieving. The end of Kobe’s speech with his phrase “Mamba out” is the perfect way to end the song.

The loss of Kobe is still something people are grappling with.

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Sudden deaths are often very difficult to overcome, especially when the people we lose are young. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was 16 when they died in the helicopter crash. Our thoughts are with their family and friends as they try to navigate this confusing and painful time.

You can hear the full song below.

Rest in peace, Kobe and Gianna.

READ: Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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In the past J Balvin has been open about dealing with depression and anxiety.  He’s published many Instagram posts and stories about it, and he’s even written letters to his fans about it. Now, el chico de Medellin, is opening up even further. J Balvin released an 8-episode podcast all about his life, his career, his relationships and all the obstacles he’s faced, including his mental health.

The singer just released a new podcast series called “Made in Medellin” on Spotify.

In “Made in Medellin,” Balvin shares intimate details about his life, career, relationships and all the obstacles he faced while reaching for his dreams of becoming a global artist. “I know a lot about J Balvin and little about José,” he says at the start of the podcast, hinting that he’s going to take listeners on a journey to get to know the real him.

The eight-episode podcast will take fans into his personal struggle with mental health.

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Each episode focuses on a different topic and time in his life. “I dedicated myself a lot to the character,” he continues in his opening lines. “But without José, there is no J Balvin. In the end, that character is me, I can’t separate from him.” 

Fans will also get to delve deeper into the top Reggaeton artist’s personal life.

We will be let listeners in on details about his life and career through conversations with the people closest to him. His parents Alba Balvin and Álvaro Osorio are included in episodes as well as his past girlfriend of 10 years.

The Colombian singer himself narrates the never-before-told stories.

From dreaming big in Medellin, to his struggles with anxiety and depression while on tour, to the time he actually proposed marriage. Balvin is also accompanied by some of his closest friends; Andrés López “Papa” and Carlos Torres, as well as “La Mona” Osorio, who was his girlfriend for 10 years.

The podcast isn’t only about Balvin’s life and work.

Aptly titled “Made in Medellin,” the podcast is built upon the backdrop of the Colombian city of Medellín itself, with its vibrant adoption of reggaeton as the basis for his own rise to success in the first place. Balvin pays homage to some of the genre’s legends, including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin and Yandel. Otherwise, the episodes’ theatrics are sparse, yet thoughtfully produced — you’ll often hear a signature dembow beat thumping through, or the gentle hum of city chatter making its way to the surface.

With global hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ay Vamos,” and “Ginza,” Balvin has taken the reggaeton movement to some of the biggest stages.

Balvin has taken his Latin flow to the biggest spheres of music, including the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium and as a headlining act at Coachella in California.

José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is a crossover king who understands the power of innovation and partnership. 

With musical roots steeped in rap, R&B, bachata, reggae, and champeta, the Colombian-born has crossed over into the world with his Latin sound and charmed listeners from every nation. How? Collaborating, innovating and creating something fresh. Do you want proof? Here it is: his growing list of chart-topping collabs with today’s hottest pop and hip-hop artists include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams (he has also toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull).

In 2018, Balvin snagged Spotify’s top spot with the Most Monthly Listeners Globally.

Balvin surpassed Drake’s long-held record, with over 48.1 million monthly listeners. He officially became the most popular artist on the platform that year.

“Dreams are the reason for everything I do. The reason why I get up. And the beauty of dreams is that they are infinite,” he says in the recording.

J Balvin, one of the top recording artists in the world, is readying his new album to be released in the Spring. He is also the first reggaeton artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and the first-ever Latin artist to headline at Lollapalooza.

Fans can listen to all episodes of the “Made in Medellin” podcast here.

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