If you’re at all familiar with Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, you know that it’s 1) predominantly Mexican, and 2) gentrifying with the quickness. Like, small family businesses transforming into artisanal kombucha-infused paleta stands level gentrification.
That change and the people it’s impacting are at the forefront of a new web series executive produced by America Ferrera. “Gente-Fied” follows seven people as they live and love and laugh and argue with this one Guatemalan dude in Boyle Heights. Director Marvin Lemus, who co-wrote “Gente-Fied” with Linda Yvette Chavez, went into this with the goal of creating a series that offers something different from Hollywood’s portrayals of us, as you know, This One Dude, Every Time.
The show describes its cast as a mix of “young Latinxs with bi-cultural tastes, hustling to create spaces in their community that celebrate their Chicanx identities” and “old-school paisanos and business owners trying to make sense of the changes that are threatening their livelihoods.” Each episode will be from the point of view of a different cast member as they make their way through the neighborhood. Check ’em out:
This is the song that you had to secretly dance to in your room because your mom thought it was brujería. If she only knew the chorus is actually a nonsensical translation of the “Rapper’s Delight” lyrics “I said a hip, hop, the hippie to the hippie.” #TheMoreYouKnow
The title of this song is exactly what you’ll be looking like after downing shots of tequila at your cousin’s quince. The song starts off as a slow version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, and speeds up to get everyone’s asses moving. Good luck not getting your foot stomped on!
The lambada is a dance style that has its roots in Brazil. The Afro-Brazilian dance went mainstream in the ’90s when the French group Kaoma released “Lambada” in Portuguese. The “forbidden” dance was marked by fast, swaying hip movements, which were perfect to show off those major V-bikinis and short skirts of the ’90s.
The music video that put the song on the map told the tale of two young star-crossed lovers who were denied seeing each other because they were too close. Eventually, they’re allowed to dance their little hearts away. Awwww.
This is arguably the ultimate crazy Latino dance song. This one-hit wonder from Spain is like a siren song we can’t ignore. Excuse us while we go put our arms one by one on our head and sway our hips from side to side… ? ?
“Todo el mundo una mano en la cabeza…” If we are going to take orders from anyone on the dance floor, Azul Azul is the group to do it from. We’ll put our hand on our head and on our hip to show we’re having a blast. BTW, this song is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S when you’re people watching at a nightclub.
This cute but entertaining song from Argentine dance pop group El Símbolo-TNN made everyone get down on the dance floor. The dance steps are easy enough: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off.
When you see people raise their fingers to their heads while they dance — to simulate deer antlers — it’s because “El Venao” is playing. Originally called “El Venado” by Los Pakines, the version by Los Cantantes is the most entertaining one — probably because they are actually dressed as deer in the music video. However, the Los Pakines version features a guy with computer-generated horns. Tough to beat.
After the electro-harp intro, the first notes from the horns alert you to grab someone and hit the dance floor! Although most people have no idea what “Watawuinegui wanaga” means, it’s still a blast to shake your hips to this classic party song.
While the dancing isn’t too crazy for this particular song, the lyrics make it a funny one to dance to on a rowdy Saturday night. Just imagine your tios and tias saying “que lindo es tu cucu” while doing a slow twirl. LOL ? ?
This is THE gold standard of quebradita songs when it comes to party anthems. Once you get past the fact that “la chona” is NOT talking about chonies, it’s an entertaining song to almost “break your back” to on the dance floor. La chona is definitely the girl you want to have as your wingwoman when going out for the weekend.