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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

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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

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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.

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.

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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

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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

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

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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”

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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.

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They didn’t just meet, though.

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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”

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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.

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

Puerto Rican singer Dalex is back to his Latin R&B roots with “Feeling“, which is about leaving behind that relationship that made you question everything, including changing who you are to please the other person.

Produced by Dimelo Flow, “Feeling” not only does it get deep about leaving behind what no longer serves you, but it is also packed with punchlines like “Te olvide como El Chavo, sin querer queriendo“.

In our interview for Latido Music by mitú, Dalex talked to us about the feeling he wanted to convey with the song, singing about heartbreak instead of his usual songs that tend to be more intimate.

Watch out interview below:

In “Feeling,” Dalex wants to explore other sounds and try doing a more commercial record that more people can relate to.

The colorful music video was shot in Miami, directed by Adrián Arredondo for Wildhouse Pictures. Dalex and his love interest are seen riding around dirt bikes, which we later found out in the interview was one of his Top 5 Feelings.

Watch the music video below:

Dalex has a busy 2021 ahead, and “Feeling” is the first single from his upcoming album due this year. The Rich Music singer told us that he has a collab with Reggaetón heavy hitters Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on the way, as well as an American singer which for now he can’t reveal, but we can’t wait to find out.

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

Chilean singer-songwriter Javiera Mena is back with her first single of 2021. She is shining in her new music video for “Dos.”

“Dos” is about getting caught up in the feelings of a love triangle.

“Dos” is the newest single from Mena’s upcoming EP. Last year, she previewed the EP with the futuristic “Flashback” and club-ready “Corazón Astral.”

With “Dos,” Mena retains her crown as the Latine queen of synth-pop. Whereas “Flashback” and “Corazón Astral” were more upbeat, she now puts her electronic touch on a heartbreaking ballad. Mena produced the song with Pablo Stipicic and co-wrote it with Marian Ruzzi. “Dos” channels the ’80s pop power ballads and Mena brings on the melodrama. She’s so in love with two and doesn’t know what to do.

“‘Dos’ is a classic ballad with an avant-garde message,” Mena said in a statement. “The song talks about a common topic, triangular relationships but from a different point of view. In this case from a person who is having feelings for two loves and that perhaps both of them fit in his/her heart.”

In the “Dos” music video, Mena sings her heart out.

Despite singing of a love triangle, Mena is all alone in the music video. She plays the piano in an abandoned warehouse. The openly queer icon sings her heart out in the stunning visual.

Mena’s new EP is due out later this spring. “[It’s] a night album with a desire as a common thread,” she adds. “A lot of mystery, sensual dance and above all, a lot of fire. This style of the album is an evolution of who I am: Electro with ballad tints.”

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