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If You Thought Gerardo Ortiz Singing Bachata Would Sound Bad, You’re Wrong

Credit: PrinceRoyceVEVO / YouTube

“Yo creo que esta encerrado.”

The music video for “Moneda,” the Prince Royce duet with regional Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz, features a love story between a Dominican and a Mexican. No, not Royce and Ortiz. Actor Jacob Vargas (“Luke Cage,” “Sons Of Anarchy”) plays the role of Francisco, Royce’s and Ortiz’s fictional manager. Francisco, described by Ortiz as a “crazy Mexican,” is in a relationship with Isabel, a woman described by Royce as a “crazy Dominican.” Sounds like they were made for each other. Unfortunately for Royce and Ortiz, their manager is M.I.A. after an argument with Isabel. What will bring them together? Take a wild guess. A bigger surprise than the ending is Ortiz’s vocals, which fit seamlessly with the slinky guitars of Royce’s urban bachata.


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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Bring People To Tears With A Song That Captures The Mood Of America

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Bring People To Tears With A Song That Captures The Mood Of America

CREDIT: Hamilton: An American Musical

The final days of the Obama administration are upon us and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Saying goodbye is never easy, but in the U.S., the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a defining hallmark of our democracy. Earlier this week, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson reprised their roles as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, respectively and performed “One Last Time” from the “Hamilton” soundtrack. The song perfectly captures this process of handing over power, and explains some of the motivations for why George Washington felt it necessary to step down from power, rather than holding onto it. It was a powerful performance that brought many members of the audience, including Miranda, to tears.

The Obama administration played an important role in the evolution of the “Hamilton” soundtrack.

CREDIT: The White House / YouTube

In 2009, Miranda was invited to the the White House’s Poetry Jam, where he performed a rough version of “My Shot,” a song whose opening notes bring chills down the spines of musical theater fanatics. The musical of course went on to become a national phenomenon. Even Vice President-elect Mike Pence had kind words for the production, after he was famously booed while attending the show. Pence later said, “My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. ‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there.” No matter who is in the White House, Hamilton truly is an expression of the American Dream, and the pain and beauty that comes with freedom.


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