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Celebrating emerging Latinx music

As we embark on the second half of Latinx Heritage Month, here’s a list of artists to add to your playlists. 

Bad Bunny

A crowd favorite, Puerto Rican-born and raised act Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio AKA Bad Bunny reached immense popularity in the past few years. With the first all-Spanish language album to reach number one on the Billboard 200, it’s safe to say Ocasio has achieved international success. Ocasio cultivated his interest in music since his youth, and his triumphs are a testament to his dedication to his craft. Ocasio’s outspoken activism and rejection of traditional masculinity and machismo make him a breath of fresh air. 

Recommended Song: “<3” is a beautiful song from Ocasio’s second studio album, YHLQMDLG. “<3” expresses Ocasio’s appreciation of his fans and describes his own difficulties navigating fame. 

Kali Uchis

Karly-Marina Loaiza AKA Kali Uchis, a Colombian American singer born in Alexandria, VA, had one of the biggest hits of last year with “Telepatía.” The song sparked a lip-syncing challenge on TikTok and brought a swell of popularity for Uchis. She began her career more seriously after being kicked out of her home as a teenager. While living out of her car she wrote songs with a keyboard that eventually became her mixtape Drunken Babble. She received a Grammy Award for her feature on Kaytranada’s single “10%” in 2021.

Recommended Song: “Tyrant” is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Jorja Smith. Uchis melodic voice compliments Smith’s perfectly making “Tyrant” a certified hit. 

Camilo

Camilo Echeverry, known professionally as Camilo, rose to fame after winning the Colombian television competition El Factor X. Echeverry has received numerous accolades throughout his career with a Latin Grammy Award win and a Grammy Award nomination to his name. Following his success after his El Factor X win, Echeverry took some time off to write music for other artists, one of the most successful songs being “Ya No Tiene Novio” by Sebastian Yatra with Mau y Ricky which has since reached over 860 million views. Look out for him at this year’s Latin American Grammys on Nov. 18: he has 10 nominations. 

Recommended Song: “999” is a collaboration between Camilo and Selena Gomez. It’s dreamy and the pair’s voices mesh together beautifully.

Becky G

If you grew up watching Disney Channel like I did, you might remember Becky G and seeing the “Shower” music video during commercial breaks. Born Rebbeca Marie Gomez, she rose to fame in a very Bieber-esque manner, gaining traction as she posted videos covering popular music online. After catching the attention of a producer her career began and she began collaborating with popular artists of the early 2010s like Cher Lloyd and will.i.am. With a collaboration with J-Hope from the K-Pop juggernaut group BTS under her belt, it’s safe to say her talent is recognizable worldwide.

Recommended Song: “Mala Santa” is a song that marks her departure from a Disney image as she has come into her own. It’s upbeat and fun and the perfect addition to any playlist. 

Paloma Mami

An emerging young talent,  Paloma Rocío Castillo Astorga AKA Paloma Mami is a Chilean- American artist who is only 21 years old. She began her career very recently in 2018 when she competed on a Chilean talent show, Rojo, el color del talento. She mixes a variety of genres with her music and has since signed with Sony Music Latin as the label’s first Chilean artist. With the release of her new album, “Sueños de Dalí,” Astorga cements herself as one to watch. 

Recommended Song: “Not Steady” was not only Astorga’s first official foray into the music business, but also the first she ever wrote, sang, and recorded. A chill R&B track, the song makes evident why Astorga is approaching even greater success so quickly. 

Sam Stewart
Sam Stewart
Sam Stewart is a Culturas writing intern. She is currently a junior studying Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Her passion for film and media has made her particularly passionate about issues at the intersection of race and entertainment.
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