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These Five Singers Prove You Don’t Have to Be Mexican to Love Mexican Music

Who says you have to be Mexican to love its music? Whether it’s rancheras, Norteño or banda, Mexican is infectious. These five singers had little to no ties to Mexico but once they got a taste of its culture, they were hooked:

1.Magdalena Serafin aka La Güera Chakaloza

La Güera Chakaloza
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Magdalena Serafin loves to tirar desmadre.

 She’s a Polish-born singer known as La Güera Chakaloza.

Serafin, who’s now based in Chicago, sings a mean corrido.

After impressing singer Larry Hernandez with her chops…

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She had a chance to perform with Banda Los Recoditos.

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The banda group invited her up on stage during one of their live performances. She’s since performed Los Tucanes, Larry Hernandez and Banda MS.

Earlier this year, she even met with one of Larry Hernandez’s mutual friends…

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El Compa Negro.

La Güera and her band now gig regularly around Chicago.

2. El Charro Negro

Bobby Butler of Little Joe & The Latinaires
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Nicknamed “El Charro Negro,” Bobby Butler was one of the vocalists for the Tejano group Little Joe & The Latinaires.

Here’s Butler Singing “El Papalote.”

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NICE.

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Butler later became a vocalist for the band Tortilla Factory.

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When Little Joe – a Tejano music legend – fired the Latinaires, the band rebranded as Tortilla Factory. Butler, who donned a charro outfit during performances, told the Austin Chronicle he first heard Tejano music in Arkansas: “I must have been 8 or 9 years old – me and Mom and my brothers out in the cotton fields picking cotton. At that time, they brought up workers from Mexico to help with the cotton harvest. They’d sing out in that sun all day, and I fell in love with the sound.”

El Charro Negro is still singing.

Tortilla Factory 40 Yrs Album
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In 2013, Tortilla Factory released a 40th anniversary album featuring Butler, who is now into his 70s. He’s still got it. That’s him on the cover.

3. Dwayne Verheyden & The Texmexplosion

Accordionist Dwayne Verheyden
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Dwayne Verheyden was born in the Netherlands. How the hell did he fall in love with Tejano music? The way most kids usually do: his father was a huge fan. “It was kind of a normal thing for me, because I listened to this music everyday,” said Verheyden in a YouTube interview. So basically, the soundtrack to his childhood was Tejano legend Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez.

Let’s hear what he’s got:

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DAAAAAAAAAMN

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Inspired by Flaco Jimenez, Verheyden began playing the accordion at age 7.

Dwayne Verheyden as a child
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Now he fronts his own band: the Texmexplosion.

Verheyden met his hero a few years ago.

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Yep, Flaco Jimenez, who once said Verheyden plays his songs “perfectly.”

The Tejano music scene has embraced him.

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He was named Best New Artist at the 2014 Tejano Music Awards.

4. Timoteo “El Charro Negro”

Timoteo El Charro Negro
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There’s another singer who calls himself “El Charro Negro,” and his name is Timoteo (real name: Timothy Pollard).

He’s been on shows such as Sábado Gigante, Despierta America and even Caso Cerrado.

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Born in Texas and raised in Long Beach, California, the 48-year-old was exposed to plenty of Mexican music during his youth. When he heard Vicente Fernández, he was hooked. “A few years ago, I was at a party at a friend’s house and I heard the powerful voice of Don Chente singing ‘Nuestro Juramento’ and ‘Lástima Que Seas Ajena.’ I was paralyzed. I still remember it and I get goosebumps. I knew that I had to sing that music,” said Timoteo to People en Español.

Here’s Timoteo with Chente.

Timoteo El Charro with Vicente Fernandez
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They didn’t just meet, though.

Timoteo El Charro Negro and Vicente Fernandez
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Chente invited Timoteo to perform a song with him during one of his legendary live concerts. Pass the tequila.

5. Mateo “El Gringo”

Mateo "El Gringo" at Mariachi Plaza
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If you’ve eaten at a Mexican restaurant in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of East L.A., Highland Park or Echo Park in the last decade, chances are you’ve seen Matthew Stoneman perform at least once.

He’s the guy who looks like a science teacher with a guitar.

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Known as Mateo “El Gringo,” Stoneman learned to play guitar while in jail for theft. After his release, he watched local musicians performing for tips in restaurants. Inspired, Stoneman began performing old-school boleros in Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

He’s now the subject of a documentary, Mateo. 

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The New York Times described the doc as a “deeply complicated portrait of an angel-voiced musician.”

Who else has embraced corridos and rancheras like a Mexican? Leave a comment below to tell us.

Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion Announced They’re Dropping A New Song This Week And Hot Girl Summer Is Back

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Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion Announced They’re Dropping A New Song This Week And Hot Girl Summer Is Back

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Quarantine just got a little easier.

In a recent post to their Instagram pages, rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion confirmed that they are dropping a new collaboration that we didn’t see coming.

And it’s one that we all could most certainly use right now.

In a post to her Instagram page, Cardi B announced that she’s collaborating with Megan Thee Stallion on a new song called “WAP.”

The new song is the first lead track from Cardi since she dropped “Press” in 2019. Earlier this year in March, Megan dropped her album “Suga.”

“WAP” drops this Friday and by the looks of the song’s cover art, it’s gonna be quite the hit. Or at least be very taste? Megan and Cardi can be seen posing for the cover art wearing matching “WAP” gold hoops and with their hair woven in together into one bun. To top it off, their tongues are sticking out like they’re ready to rock.

The latest pairing is a follow up to Megan’s recent power couple collab for “Savage” with Beyoncé. It also her newest song since her recent recovery from a gunshot wound.

Earlier last month, Megan revealed that she was shot in both of her feet.

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Speaking about the shooting, which happened on July 12, Megan said “I see… a lot of people that have been very supportive and sending prayers, and I just really appreciate that” she said during the live stream. “I saw the hotties doing a lot of things, like writing letters on Tumblr and DMing me all the time, and I just want to say thank y’all so much, because y’all have really been the ones helping me get through this.”

“I was shot in both of my feet,” she explained. “I had to get surgery to get the bullets taken out. And it was super scary… Thank God that the bullets didn’t touch bones; they didn’t break tendons. I know my momma or my daddy, my granny, had to be looking out for me with that one because where the bullets hit at it missed everything.”

Of course, Cardi B and Megan fans were quick to flip.

Literally we’re all pumped.

Girl groups are uniting.

And we’re all ready for it to reach #1.

And we all have questions about what WAP is supposed to mean?

It’s all a mystery but we’re here for the guesses.

“WAP” drops this week on August 7, this Friday.

The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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The Premios Juventud 2020 Line Up Is Going To Be The Perfect Escape From Our Collective Reality

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Premios Juventud 2020 is not going virtual, like most other major events. Instead, the awards show is going to be held in-person but with a virtual audience. Here’s who you can expect to take the stage this year.

The Premios Juventud 2020 is going on as planned, just with a virtual audience.

The awards show is celebrating its 20th year this year and the show is going on. The show is being aired from Miami, one of the worst-hit areas in the country for Covid-19, but the show promises to follow all safety standards based on local health guidelines. Here are some of the people you can expect to perform.

Natanael Cana

Cana will be giving corridos tumbados some massive exposure at the awards show. The genre of music is an exciting mix of corridos with trap and urban influences. The sound is something else and fans are excited to see the genre given some love on the stage.

CNCO

The boy band CNCO has become a beloved addition to Latin music. The group was formed after the first season of “La Banda,” a music competition show looking for the hottest new sound. Safe to say that the show’s judges did a good job putting this group together.

Rafa Pabön

Pabön is a major voice of Conciencia Collective and Black Lives Matter. The musician released a song called “Sine Aire” after the George Floyd protests that brought Black Lives Matter to the forefront of American culture. Conciencia Collective hosts weekly talks with We Are Mitú promoting advocacy in the music industry.

And, of course, host Sebastián Yatra.

Yatra will be joined on stage with Danna Paola to perform their duet “No Bailes Sola.” The awards show will definitely be a nice escape from our collective Covid reality. There might not be any fans at the show but the performers are all ready to give a great show to the virtual audience.

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