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Beyond Maná: 9 Mexican Bands The White House Should Have On Its Radar

Once again, Mexican rockstars Maná have been invited to perform at the White House for Cinco de Mayo, making this the third time they played for President Obama (who happens to be a huge fan of theirs).

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It’s an awesome opportunity for any band, but seriously? Again? Is the White House unaware of just how many awesome Mexican and Mexican-American bands there are out there? We love Maná just as much as the next person, but here are nine other bands who should totally be on the White House’s radar. (And not just for Cinco de Mayo, either. Because, believe it or not, Mexican-Americans exist in the U.S. all year ’round!)

1. Molotov

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Maybe the reason the White House hasn’t invited Molotov to play is because they can’t handle those GUITAR RIFFS!?! Talk about badass rock & roll. Molotov, whose songs blend Spanish and English, have been around since 1995 and would totally rock it out with their energy and guitar skills.

2. Café Tacuba

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A staple of the Latin American rock scene, Café Tacuba could easily get an invite to perform at the White House. Their 2013 Coachella performance (featured above), is pretty magical, and their alt-vibes/style has been beloved since the ’90s.

What we’re saying is GET ON IT, WHITE HOUSE.

3. Carla Morrison

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OK, so she’s technically a solo artist, but still, she’s iconic and deserves a spot on this list. We believe the phrase here is, “YAAAS, SLAY QUEEN!” This indie-pop artist is pure heaven. It’s impossible to listen to her ethereal tones without feeling so many things. We’re pretty sure she’d crush it at the White House, leaving everyone teary-eyed for days.

4. Zoé

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Come on now! These guys are incredible live. Don’t believe me? Just watch the above video. The White House better wake up and invite Zoé to hang sometime soon. Their rock music is top notch, and they have the Grammys to prove it.

5. Caifanes

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Caifanes’ unique and iconic sound would make them an excellent musical guest at the White House, especially because, you know. That place can get pretty tense, and Caifanes’ music would help everyone chill a little. Politics could use a little new wave-y vibes!

6. 3BallMTY

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A Mexican pop DJ trio?! YAAAS. These dudes have been around since 2009, and their sound is super catchy. The kind of catchy that you can’t get out of your head for a very long time, but it’s totally worth it. Not only are they so freaking cute, but their music is addicting. INTO IT.

7. Sin Bandera

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Have you ever listened to music that made you say DAMN? Sin Bandera is that band. Are those vocals carved from sunshine and angel tears? Who knows. All we know is Sin Bandera #can #get #it. Plus, performing at the White House would be a great time to announce the band is officially back together and touring again. Hey, we can dream.

8. Jesse & Joy

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Hiiiii. Yes, this is our ghost typing these words because we are dead over how much we love Jesse & Joy. A brother and sister pop duo?! What more could we ask for? I guess them performing at the White House. Yes, that’s exactly what we’re asking for. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

9. Mint Field

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While Mint Field hasn’t been around for long at all, they’re definitely on the rise and absolutely worth keeping an eye on. Having recently performed at the 2016 Coachella music festival, this Tijuana-based indie trio is making quite a name for themselves.

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Who are some of your favorite Mexican and Mexican-American bands you’d love see play at the White House? Comment – mitú wants to know!

He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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In recent weeks, we have witnessed the rise to stardom of a few new YouTubers coming from Mexico. We are now quite familiar with the amazing channel “De mi rancho a tu cocina”, with an adorable Mexican abuelita, named Angela, who shares her traditional recipes and displays her natural talent to be in front of the camera (read more here). 

Well, there is another YouTube star coming out of Mexico, but he happens to be South Korean! He sings popular Mexican songs with such a pitch perfect voice that if you close your eyes and listen you think it is el mismísimo Príncipe de la canción, the recently deceased José José, serenading you with one of his legendary ballads. 

So this is J-jun, a South Korean student who is living in Guadalajara to learn Spanish.

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At first sight, he looks just like any other international student who wants to learn and immerse himself in the land of mariachis and tequila: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México! But J-jun is far from ordinary. He has an amazing voice and is obsessed with Mexican pop music icons!

And amazingly he is just learning Spanish but has an uncanny command of correct pronunciation 

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And we can tell he lives and breathes the language and is a pretty smart and dedicated guy. La noche es larga y el café barato! He has really put his mind and soul into learning la lengua de Cervantes. 

And he is an overnight YouTube sensation!

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He has over 70,000 followers on his YouTube account. And he deserves every single one of them. 

And people have started recognizing him on the streets of Guadalajara.

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Just look at his smile. Hermano, coreano, ya eres mexicano (do these words sound familiar? They were of course sang by thousands of Mexicans after South Korea defeated Germany in the latest World Cup and guaranteed Mexico’s ticket to the second round). Well, they absolutely apply for J-jun as well!

So this is why J-jun is a preeetty big deal.

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Koreans have a deep love for karaoke. Basically, when young Koreans go out chances are they will end up in a karaoke bar. Well J-jun has the voice of a true K-pop star but he sings in Spanish! 

In particular, he imitates José José perfectly.

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Just look at him singing “La nave del olvido”. We get goosebumps, se nos enchina la piel. 

Ya lo pasado, pasado… many Mexicans are mourning José José in the best possible way: through music.

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And his version of “Ya lo pasado, pasado” has all the right mood swings that the great Mexican singer infused the rola with. It is important to note that J-jun started singing Mexican songs while in South Korea, before moving to Mexico to study. 

Sing with us…. ya lo pasado, pasaaaaaado!

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Ay, dolor! We just can’t contain back some tears of sadness, but also of joy. Sing with us… “no me interesa…”. 

And South Korean Juanga is here! Si tu quieres seremos amigos.

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If imitating José José requires professional singing skills, just imagine trying to do a Juan Gabriel impersonation. Well, our fave South Korean YouTuber does an amazing job. Just look at him singing “Así fue”. Just wow. We miss Juanga but we feel like his spirit might have found an unlikely conduit. Ay, nanita. 

And of course, his magnum opus…. “El triste”. No, he is not lip-syncing. 

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Thousands have tried but ultimately fail. “El Triste” has to be the hardest ballad to nail in Spanish. The tones and intensity of the song go up and down and is anyone’s singing nightmare. He reminds us of José José’s legendary OTI presentation, when flowers and clapping showered him like a modern day god. But he totally takes our breath away. See for yourself. 

José José would approve!

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Pido un aplauso para el amor… and for this great South Korean dude with a Mexican soul. 

And damn, he can sing salsa OK? This is Marc Anthony’s “Mi vida”.

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He has some amazing looks as well! An instant star! Look at him salsa…. a veces llega la lluvia, para limpiar las heridas… 

And just how adorbs is his family!

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At the end, his 15 minutes of fame have not gotten to him and he remains a simple, humble young man. He often shares family moments with his fans on Instagram, like this one with his mom and his nephew. Ternurita! Wanna join his thousands of YouTube fans? Well, you just gotta go here.

The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

One of Mexico’s greatest icons continues to inspire people with tributes and ceremonies around the world. The death of José José sent much of Latin America into a deep mourning but now those same communities are celebrating the late-singer’s monumental legacy. 

And all of this celebration and remembrance comes shortly after an intense family drama fit for a telenovela. I mean, his body actually went missing. Like it doesn’t get more telenovela than that. But, at last, his body has been located, his family seems to have set aside their differences, and the world is coming together to remember the ‘Prince of Song.’ 

His public funeral was held in Miami and attended by his family, celebs, and fans from around the world. 

The public funeral was held at the Miami Dade Country Auditorium. Yes, José José was a Mexican legend but he inspired his fans from across Latin America and so, the crowd at the public funeral featured people from all walks of life and from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, among others.

It was a closed casket memorial. On Tuesday, it was revealed that José José’s body was not in the casket during the memorial, as it was still at the morgue.

Fans came out to celebrate the legacy of a man who had been singing since the 1970s, when he rose to fame with his first hit, “El Triste”.

Always dressed elegantly, the gifted singer was a combination of baritone and lyric tenor and revered for his ability to sustain long notes. The Latin American cultural icon, who was known for moving audiences to tears with melancholic love ballads, told fans in 2017 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

Fans in Miami weren’t the only ones celebrating the legacy of the Mexican great.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday at one of Mexico City’s most famous parks, Alameda Central, to pay homage to the late singer. Fans were seen singing José José’s most famous songs. Some even dressed up as the singer.

As drama between the family spiraled out of control back in the US, many Mexicans worried that there may not be a proper memorial service in Mexico.

The death of José José hit hard in Mexico, which endured the 2016 death of another cherished crooner from the same era: Juan Gabriel.

And all of this played out just days after a seemingly broken family came together to celebrate the pop icon.

The drama started just days after the singer’s death when two siblings, José Joel and Marysol, accused their half-sister, Sarita, of hiding their father’s body.

The relationship between the two oldest siblings and José José’s youngest – Sarita Sosa – has been strained, particularly since the late crooner’s announcement in 2017 that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, which prompted Sarita to move to Miami, drawing accusations of trying to profit from his legacy.

“We have every right to see my dad,” Marysol said to TV Azteca. “My half sister has a lot to explain to me and to all of Mexico. “Please, wherever you are, get in touch with us. I’ve been talking to you all day and I’m here, and I’ve been telling you since yesterday: I see my dad’s body, or I don’t believe anything.”

Whatever differences these siblings once shared seemed to have blown over in the wake of their father’s memorial services.

And it looks like the drama continues, as the family decides what to do with the singer’s remains.

The posthumous homecoming ceremony for José José in his native Mexico is caught up in a family conflict over the singer’s remains that are still in Miami, where he lived for decades.

José Joel Sosa said on Monday that he and his sister halted their father’s cremation because they wanted the entire body for the Mexico City memorial service. His other daughter in Miami, Sarita Sosa, said José José wanted half of his ashes to stay in Florida and the other to go to Mexico.

However, as of Wednesday, news reports indicated that the late-singer had already been cremated and half of his ashes would likely arrive in Mexico later in the day.

Telemundo reports that José José’s ashes will be divided among his three children – Marysol and José Joel from his second marriage to Ana Elena Noreña and Sarita from his third to Sara Salazar.

José José will be honored in a special memorial in Mexico City on Wednesday, where a portion of his ashes will be displayed for his fans and family to pay tribute.

It’s been an uphill battle for Marysol and José Joel, who tried to prevent their father’s cremation. The brother and sister wanted the singer’s body to be present for the Mexican memorial service and to be laid to rest in his native country. José Joel even pleaded to his late father’s wife, Salazar, and his step-sister a day before the cremation during an interview with Univision to stop the process and let his body rest in Mexico.