EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Mexican Institute Of Sound Takes Gaby Moreno Into New Musical Territory With Mystifying "Yemayá"
Listen to the synth-infused track blending pop and Latin sounds that's named after the Afro-Carribean goddess who represents fertility, water and self-love
Anything Mexican Institute Of Sound (MIS), a.k.a Camilo Lara, touches turns into musical gold. The Mexican producer and artist proves that with celebrated GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno in "Yemayá."
Moreno, whose soothing voice we have heard magically adapt to a range of genres including Americana, Latin folk and R&B, continues exploring her creative range this time with GRAMMY-nominated Lara in the synth-infused, mystifying track blending pop and Latin sounds. The catchy song about the overpowering feeling of love is named after the Afro-Carribean goddess who represents fertility, water and self-love.
Moreno told the Recording Academy she and Lara wanted to capture the deity's essence in their collaboration:
"She's a powerful woman of color taking all forms. It's a universal theme and we wanted to incorporate this mysterious and mystic figure into the song, since it's part of the folklore of many different cultures."
The song, which Lara brought to Moreno and was written in one day in 2019 at Red Bull Studios, takes Moreno into new territory.
"I’ve been a big admirer of [Lara's] work and esthetic and the way he blends Latin folk music with electronic and hip hop. I come from a fairly different musical background, having very rarely experimented with synths and those kinds of sounds, so this was a really fun and different collaboration for me," she said. "I got to step out of my comfort zone and bring forth something a bit unusual but very much enjoyable, nonetheless."
The Guatemalan singer/songwriter will also soon be releasing "Fire Inside," a song she wrote with Andrew Bissell. The song has already been featured on ABC’s "Station 19", TLC’s promo "I Am Jazz," UK’s "Free Rein," NBC’s "American Ninja Warrior" and recently on YouTube’s "Dear Class of 2020."
Moreno is also working on an upcoming album she will produce herself and is also producing other artists.
Listen to "Yemayá" in full above.
Tyga Talks Inspiration Behind "Go Loko" & Collaborating With L.A. Rappers Like YG
"Growing up in L.A., it's a really big culture here, Mexican culture," the rapper said. "So we really wanted to do something to give back to the culture."
Tyga's latest collab has him paying tribute to Los Angeles' large Mexican community. The rapper is featured on fellow L.A. rapper YG's leading single, "Go Loko" off his latest album 4REAL 4REAL and when asked about his take on the song, he says much of it was inspired by Mexico's cultural impact.
"Growing up in L.A., it's a really big culture here," he said. "Even YG could tell you, he grew up around all Mexicans, so we really wanted to do something to give back to the culture."
The video features visuals and symbolisms inpired by the Mexican community, including mariachi, but also by the Puerto Rican community (you'll easily spot the boricua flag). The song also features Puerto Rican rapper Jon Z. Tyga mentioned the diversity of Latinos on the different coasts and wanted to make a song that also celebrates the different Latin cultures in the country. "We wanted to do something different to kinda try to bring all Latins together," he said.
Watch the video above to hear more about the song and the vibe when he joins forces with other L.A. rapppers.
Photo: Nicole Davis
Quarantine Diaries: ARI Is Cuddling With Her Cat, Making Her Own Tea & Preparing For Her Debut 'IDIOT GRL' EP Release
As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, the Recording Academy reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors
As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, the Recording Academy reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, rising singer/songwriter ARI shares her quarantine diary. ARI's debut IDIOT GRL EP is out Aug. 14.
[9:40 a.m.] A late start to the day. I just woke up to my cat Malakai licking my face and snuggling under my chin, desperate for cuddles. I reluctantly gave in before diving into my morning routine, which starts by going through all of the daily news on my Snapchat feed to see what’s going on in the world.
[11 a.m.] Just out of the shower and into the kitchen for the usual: tea and avocado toast. I don’t typically like tea or coffee, but I had this amazing tea from Starbucks once and fell in love with it. I ended up finding the recipe and making it myself, and to be honest, I like my version better. Once I boil the kettle, I start part two of my morning “meditation”: watching one of my favourite shows while I respond to emails. With the IDIOT GRL EP coming out next week, I can tell you there are a TON of emails. I turned on "Gilmore Girls" (my guilty pleasure) and opened up my laptop to go through my calendar.
[1:45 p.m.] Recording session time. Zoom calls have become my everyday life. It’s crazy to think that this time last year, you could actually be in a room with people. Now the most social interaction I get is virtually. On the positive side, I get to set up my little home studio from the comfort of my own bed and I find the sessions to be really productive with no outside distractions.
[3:30 p.m.] Malakai is meowing at my door. As I try to sing over him, eventually I can’t ignore his cute little voice. We take a quick break and I have a little playtime with him. I can hear my song playing in the living room—it still weirds me out hearing myself. My guess is my roommate aka my manager is sending off final approval for the “IDIOT GRL” music video, which comes out the same day as the EP. Super excited for everyone to finally see it!
[6:00 p.m.] Time for dinner. It may just be my favourite part of the day. During my session, my roommate cooked us some delicious pasta. We eat dinner together every night, which is really nice. Usually, after dinner, we wind down and watch TV, but we decided to try doing an arts and crafts project tonight. I watched this TikTok video of a DIY way to make music plaques. You take a screenshot of a song on Spotify and use a marker to trace out the name of the song, artist, play button, etc. Once that’s done, you simply add the album artwork of your choice, frame it, and voila! I thought it would be a cool idea to make a wall of each of the songs off of my EP.
[9:00 p.m.] After an eventful day, I decided to go watch a drive-in Maple Leafs game (wearing a mask, of course). My sister works for the TSN network and started hosting drive-in game nights to promote the network and social distancing events. I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest hockey fan, but I’ll never pass up an opportunity to spend time with my family.
[11:30 p.m.] I finally get home and hop straight into bed. I feel like I haven’t spent much time on Instagram today, so figured I’d open it up before getting some shuteye. I launched the pre-save link for the EP today and told my followers that I would DM anyone who pre-saved it and sent me a screenshot. I always love getting to interact with my fans and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see how excited people are for my debut EP. It’s a great feeling to end the day with.
Latin GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Performers Announced
La Vida Bohème, EliaCim and Gaby Moreno to perform at ceremony preceding the 14th Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast
Singer Pasión Vega, along with Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Luis Cobos, will host the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony. Additionally, Latin GRAMMY winner Fonseca will present awards in select categories and current Latin GRAMMY nominees La Vida Bohème, EliaCim and Gaby Moreno will perform at the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will precede the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast on Nov. 21 from 2–3 p.m. PT at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
EliaCim and Moreno are Best New Artist nominees and La Vida Bohème are up for Best Rock Album.
Latin GRAMMY en Vivo, hosted by Kike Posada, will live stream the Pre-Telecast Ceremony and provide unprecedented access to Latin music's biggest stars on the green carpet and exclusive backstage interviews. Latin GRAMMY en Vivo begins on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. PT with The Latin Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards Presentation honoring Oscar D'León, Juan Formell, Mario Kreutzberger aka "Don Francisco," Roberto Menescal, Totó La Momposina, Palito Ortega, Eddie Palmieri, Miguel Ríos, and Pedro Ramírez Velázquez.
On Nov. 21 Latin GRAMMY en Vivo will begin at 1 p.m., giving fans around the world exclusive access to the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, during which awards will be announced in approximately 35 of the 48 categories. The presentation takes place prior to the evening's telecast, kicking off a full evening of celebrating excellence in recorded Latin music from around the world. The day's stream will also include highlights from The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year red-carpet arrivals honoring Miguel Bosé, which will also be made available on demand, providing music fans with special content, video interviews and photos. Visit www.latingrammy.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT on Nov. 21 for live 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY coverage.
Additionally, The Latin Recording Academy presents its first Viewer Guide Mobile App, giving fans a more interactive Latin GRAMMY experience. Now available as a free download for smartphones and tablets on Apple's App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store, this content-rich app features interactive components such as exclusive performance videos, trivia and voting features, iTunes links for music discovery and social sharing options for Facebook and Twitter. Highlights include an interview with Latin music all-stars and 2013 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree Bosé, as well as video and photos featuring nominees for Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year. The app also captures memorable moments from past Latin GRAMMY telecasts and highlights the philanthropic initiatives of The Latin Recording Academy such as its Latin GRAMMY in the Schools program.
The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast will take place Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For updates and breaking news, visit The Latin Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.