She knows how to modernize a classic while keeping its soul.
Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis has already proven that she is a musical treasure, with some great songs and a well-developed aesthetic. She may appear to be a bubblegum princess, but she has such soul and bite in her music that it’s hard not to love her. Well, she just proved it again.
This time, Uchis took a chance at singing the classic bolero “Sabor A Mi” by Álvaro Carrillo, and she totally owned it. There are LOTS of versions of the song — Los Panchos, Luis Miguel and El Chicano are a few of the most popular — so taking it on is no easy task. Now, this isn’t your typical cover where the artist tried to make something completely new out of something already great. Oh no! Uchis uses her soulful and sultry voice to perfectly capture the essence of “Sabor A Mi” while adding a personal touch. It’s incredible. Take a listen.
Mariachi is officially getting the search engine clout it deserves!
Google Doodle’s latest feature celebrates the musical genre of mariachi. As an ode to the anniversary of the week that UNESCO inscribed mariachi on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The genre of Regional Mexican music goes back to the 18th century.
Google’s latest Doodle features an animated video of mariachi serenading.
Singing “Cielito Lindo,” which is a song that encaptures Mexican pride, the doodle features a band of mariachi members.
Together they sing the following lyrics”De la Sierra Morena/cielito lindo, vienen bajando/Un par de ojitos negros/cielito lindo, de contrabando/ Ay, ay, ay, ay/Canta y no llores/Porque cantando se alegran/cielito lindo, los corazones.”
The lyrics translate to “From the Sierra Morena/Lovely sweet one, is prancing down/A pair of little black eyes/Lovely sweet one, is sneaking by/ Ay, ay, ay, ay/Sing, don’t cry/Because singing makes rejoice/Lovely sweet one, our hearts.”
For the doodle, the mariachi band wears traditional trajes de charro (charro suits) while strumming the traditional instruments of the genre.
Plucking away at the guitarrón, vihuela, and violin, other members use a trumpet and harp. According to Newsweek, “The tradition of mariachi originated in west-central Mexico around the turn of the 19th century, though its exact origins are murky. The musical genre began as entirely instrumental, made up of the sounds of stringed instruments, before vocals and the trumpet were eventually added.”
No doubt Google’s latest Doodle has won over the hearts of various searchers.
“The Google doodle for today is a tribute to mariachis & it’s a little video that plays cielito lindo I am not okay, cielito lindo is my favorite mariachi song, it’s too cute,” another commented while another user wrote “I was so shocked when I clicked on this last night. What a wonderful surprise.”
Sweetly, the doodle really seemed to hit home for so many. “The Google Doodle today nearly made me cry,” one very happy user noted. “It was so unexpected and made me miss home for the first time since I moved.”
RBD is as much a part of our childhoods as flan and arroz con leche. They made our childhood great and their break up was devastating. Thankfully, those dark days are behind us and RBD is finally back to give us new music.
RBD is back, baby!
After years of silence and heartbroken fans, RBD is finally back with new music. “Siempre He Estado Aquí” is the first piece of new music from the Mexican pop band in years. The band announced their final tour in 2008 and since then fans have been able to follow individual band members through their careers.
RBD’s fandom was activated as soon as the single was released.
Hearing their voices just speaks to our souls. We spent years living on the music that was left behind from their time together and there was no hope of new music in sight. That’s what makes this single a wonderful gift during an atrocious year.
It has been 12 years since we got to hear the band perform. We didn’t even need new music, it would have just been great to see the band get back together. Tbh, the new music is an incredible moment in 2020 given everything that has happened this year.
It isn’t the full RBD group, but we have to be happy with what we have.
Anahí, Christopher von Uckermann, Maite Perroni, Christian Chávez, Alfonso Herrera, and Dulce María made up the original band. The new single might not be the full band but it is enough to give us every ounce of nostalgic emotions anyone can feel. How can you not be transported back to your childhood when hearing these voices of angels?
In conclusion, go listen to “Siempre He Estado Aquí” because it will renew your love of RBD.
With only four of the original members, “Siempre He Estado Aquí” is still all of the RBD power you expect to hear. It is a song you will instantly fall in love with because it will speak right to your heart.