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Latinos Are Taking Over The Coachella Stage This Year And We’re Here For It

The 2018 Coachella lineup is out, and this year a bunch of Latino artists are hitting the stage. And all these artists come from very different genres, backgrounds, and styles, making the two weekends of the festival – April 13 and 20 – a diverse affair.

Here are the Latino artists to keep an eye out for at the festival this year.

1. Cardi B

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2017 has been Cardi B’s year, as she hit #1 on the Billboard chart with “Bodak Yellow,” and has made history over and over since then. There’s no doubt she’s going to bring that same heat to 2018.

2. Miguel

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With his latest album, “War x Leisure,” Miguel’s music has taken a focus on the current times we are living in. it’s a mix of finding joy and living in the moment, while being socially and politically conscious.

3. Kali Uchis

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Colombian-American singer, Kali Uchis, is bringing on the soul, pop and R&B vibes. You’ll be able to catch her mix of English, Spanish, and Spanglish songs on the Coachella stage.

4. Cuco

The Los Angeles native will be performing his alternative dream pop on the same stage as Miguel and Cardi B. If you’re into dreamy, romantic ballads, you’ll definitely want to check him out.

5. Helado Negro

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Ecuadorian-American artist, Helado Negro, expresses his Latin pride through chill, electronic waves.

6. Los Ángeles Azules

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You might know this ’80s Cumbia group for their hit song, “Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar.” If you want to shake your hips, make sure to hit their set.

7. Princess Nokia

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This feminist Afro-Latina is bold and unapologetic with her music. Shedding light on social issues such as male domination, gentrification ,and body image, Princess Nokia delivers a powerful punch, and that’s what fans love about her

8. Deorro

Mexican-American Erick Orroquiesta, also known by his stage name Deorro, is an EDM producer and DJ. From producing music at 17 years old, this LA native will be getting the crowds jumping.

9. The Marías

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This Indie group consists of Josh and María, who began to collaborate and create music in 2016. For a mix of psychedelic soul and jazz, stop by their set and get your groove on.

10. Ibeyi

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Ibeyi is made up of twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Noaomi Díaz, who take pride in their French-Cuban culture. You can’t miss this group’s mix of electronic and jazz. You’d be silly if you did.

11. Señor Kino

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This surf punk band from Sonora, Mexico, is all about fun and upbeat vibes. Their mix of instruments, such as the electric guitar, ukulele, piano, drums and tambourine, are what keep the tempo of their songs super energetic. It’ll be a fun set!

12. Buscabulla

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The duo of Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle are known for their mix of funk, R&B, and electronic. Which definitely means lots of dancing.


READ: Latino Artists Dominated YouTube’s Top 10 Music Videos Of 2017


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Many Say This Was The Decade Latino Music Went Mainstream And These Top Songs Of The Decade Prove Them Right

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Many Say This Was The Decade Latino Music Went Mainstream And These Top Songs Of The Decade Prove Them Right

In the 2010s, technology and connectivity made creating, distributing and listening to music easier than ever before. Latinos crossed over to worldwide audiences and collaborated with artists from different countries. ‘El género urbano’ reached new horizons and we heard the classic reggaeton beat being sung in lots of different languages. The result was both a blessing and a curse: There was a lot of great music out there, but it was virtually impossible to keep up. So we narrowed it down to the best Latinx songs of the decade. Read on to find out which 13 songs were the most played, memorable and catchy hits of the 2010s.  

‘Mi Gente’ by J Balvin x Willy Williams

Inspired by the French singer Willy William’s, “Voodoo Song”, J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’ became the first song in Spanish to reach the ‘Top 50 global’ songs on Spotify with help from Beyonce and her remix. 

‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

Despacito was definitely the biggest song of 2017, and arguably the most played Spanish-language song of the decade. The sweltering pop reggaeton-love ballad hybrid was everywhere that summer, playing in cities and suburbs, at house parties and barbecues, at wedding receptions and department stores, in people’s headphones during their commute. “Despacito” was inescapable and inevitable. You couldn’t avoid the song if you tried.

‘Waka Waka’ (This Time For Africa) Shakira

What’s the most beloved, most streamed World Cup song of all time? If your first guesses were Ricky Martin or Pitbull, you’re way off — the honor belongs to Shakira, whose 2010 anthem “Waka Waka (Song for Africa) handily beats them all. The track, recorded with the Cape Town, South Africa fusion band, Freshlyground, went to No. 1 in 15 countries and is one of the best-selling singles of all time

‘Vivir mi Vida’ Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony’s super hit was number 1 in the US Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs and Tropical Airplay, and peaked at number 92 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Vivir Mi Vida’ was Certified gold in Italy with sales over 15,000 copies and in Spain with sales over 20,000 copies. Vivir Mi Vida’ is a song about life, living happy and forgetting sadness. It’s a happy salsa tune registered Anthony’s return to music after 10 years. Marc said:”I like living with the ideas of a song for a long time before I even go to the studio, but I truly feel that this was the right time, and I’m very happy with the final product.”

‘Danza Kuduro’ Lucenzo ft. Don Omar

With French-Portuguese singer Lucenzo by his side, Don Omar hit the jackpot in 2010 with the one-of-a-kind “Danza Kuduro,” a Spanish/Portuguese-language tribute to an Angolan dance move. In the aftermath of 2000s reggaeton-mania, Don Omar seized an opportunity to innovate, adopting the kuduro 4/4 rhythm and dusting off an accordion sample for good measure. Don Omar’s globetrotting formula earned him his second Number One hit on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart – as well as Lucenzo’s first – and the single sold over a million digital copies. S.E.

‘Bailando’ Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona & Sean Paul

The original Spanish-language version was a beast unto itself; it spent a record 41 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart (four years before “Despacito” surpassed it). The official video, the 11th most-viewed video on YouTube today, was the first Spanish-language music video to reach more than 1 billion views. But it was the Sean Paul-assisted Spanglish remix, however, that helped “Bailando” reach crossover audiences – it peaked at Number 12 on the Hot 100 chart.

‘Ginza’ J Balvin

Si necesitas reggaetón, dale,” sang Balvin in his catchy hit – “If you need reggaeton, get it.” Balvin’s unbothered, melodic flow sets him apart from the aggro reggaeton players of yesteryear. After sitting at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart for 22 weeks, “Ginza” broke the Guinness World Record for the chart’s longest stay at number one by a solo artist. 

‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego’ Michel Telo

The danceable song, which generated nearly half a billion YouTube hits, upped Brazil’s pop-culture presence its role as host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. The pop song by Brazilian heartthrob Michel Telo was a massive, viral hit —and its probably the most popular song to come out of Brazil since The Girl From Ipanema.

‘La Gozadera’ Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony

Following a tropical Latinx music lyric tradition, “La Gozadera” calls out a list of countries from the Spanish-speaking world, inviting everyone to join the party. The happy show of Pan-Latin spirit pretty much guaranteed the song’s international popularity.

‘Felices los 4’ Maluma

The song made it to 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Song chart. What’s more, it was on the set of the music video that Maluma met his girlfriend Natalia Barulich —the hit was a win-win situation for everyone.

‘Dile que tu me quieres’ Ozuna

Ozuna first rose to stardom with his hit single ‘Dile que tu me quieres’ in 2016. The song earned him a place at 13 on the Billboard Latin chart at the end of that year.

‘Adrenalina’ Wisin ft. Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin

This song cemented Wisin’s success as a solo artist and the only remainder of the ‘Extraterrestres Musicales’ duo between him and Yandel —the two have since reunited, but back then, in 2014 ‘Adrenalina’ was one of the top 10 songs in Latin America and the videoclip was the second most streamed video on Youtube in Spain for the whole year.

‘Reggaeton Lento’ (Bailemos) CNCO

After the success of ‘Despacito’, it was no surprise that the Latin boy band’s song quickly scaled the charts. The song, featuring a collaboration with Little Mix, peaked at number 3 on Billboard 200 in 2017.

Artists Open Cuba’s First Ever Sex Store, But It Won’t Last Long

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Artists Open Cuba’s First Ever Sex Store, But It Won’t Last Long

Cuba has come a long way since the communist rule of Fidel Castro. A lot of restrictions have been lifted including travel from the U.S. to the island (despite some Trump-era issues). Yet, there’s still a lot that the government there forbids including some luxuries that we can easily buy anytime we please.

Cuba forbids the sale of any obscene items, which means there are no sex shops until now.

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In New York, there are sex shops in every neighborhood. Even in the Bible belt, you can score sex toys at Adam & Eve, but in Cuba, it’s a whole different story. The island does not give out licenses or permits to vendors who sell anything sexual related. If you want a dildo, you have to sneak it into the country in your suitcase — that’s what the New York Post is reporting.

A group of artists successfully opened a sex pop-up store called “Consolez Vous” because technically it is “art” and not a typical business.

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Yanahara Mauri, Javier Alejandro Bobadilla, and Joan Díaz sought out to open a pop-up sex shop at this year’s Havana Biennial and to their surprise were approved.

“We want to break the taboos,” Mauri told the Post. “In the rest of the world, this is normal now.”

The group creates the sex toys in Cuba and use resources such as “entwined fish line for whips and resin for dildos.”

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While demand continues to increase, according to the publication, some customers have complained that their sex toys aren’t as smooth as the silicone products that are sold everywhere else.

“At the end of the day, we are not harming anyone,” Ernesto said. “On the contrary, we are giving people benefits.”

The sex shop might be a pop-up but a lot of people are hoping they could become a regular occurrence on the island.

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READ: Here’s How Cuba’s Tumultuous History Forced A Cuban Diaspora That Changed The World