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Miguel’s Biracial Roots Influence His Music

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CREDIT: KCRW

Singer Miguel, musical genius of soultry sounds, has been described as a modern Prince — we’re hoping he doesn’t have symbol-as-a-name phase. And just like Prince, his music has hypnotized music lovers all over the world, especially in his native Los Angeles, where he grew up in a half Mexican, half African-American family.

His music is a combination of new-age rock and R&B with touches of 80s sounds. His voice is silky and sultry, and mellow in all the right places, like when he sings “Simple Things” or the ultra sexual tune “FLESH.” With this last one, it’s almost as if he’s taking our clothes off with his voice… which we don’t mind… at all. We digress.

READ: Guys, You’re 7 Easy Steps from Stealing Miguel’s Rocker Style

Recently, he delighted a small audience as part of KCRW’s music series Apogee Sessions with host Garth Trinidad. Besides singing songs from Wildheart, he talked about his favorite song in his new album, “What’s Normal Anyway,” and how his biracial life influences his music.

“Being or feeling out of place, in an odd way, frees you to pick and choose where you want to be… I feel like it has emancipated me to say what I feel and say what I want in my music”, he said. You do you, Miguel.

Watch and enjoy Miguel’s full concert and interview with KCRW here.

Watch Miguel’s Live Performance of “Adorn” Below:

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White People Playing Latino Actors on Broadway is a Thing of the Past

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White People Playing Latino Actors on Broadway is a Thing of the Past

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CREDIT: NBC News

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s new play on Broadway, On Your Feet!, is bringing more Latino actors into the theater. This is a BIG deal — huge even — because for the better part of Broadway’s history, Latino actors were almost non existent.

“In the past, shows were written about Hispanics (West Side Story), but not by Hispanics,” as Raul Reyes writes for NBC News. “Nor was it unusual for a show with Latino characters not to hire any actual Latino actors.”

¿Qué, qué? That’s correct. And since ticket have generally been on the pricey side for these Latino plays sans Latinos, Latino audiences weren’t exactly rushing to grab a seat.

Luckily, with On Your Feet! and other plays featuring Latinos, like Hamilton, this is only the beginning for because we now see Broadway “can’t control itself any longer.”

Read more about Latinos on Broadway here.

READ: 13 Places that Prove NYC has a Latino Heartbeat

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