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Premiere: Rawayana Deliver A Soothing Trip Back To Venezuela With "Welcome To El Sur"

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Premiere: Rawayana Deliver A Soothing Trip Back To Venezuela With "Welcome To El Sur"

GRAMMY.com has the first listen of Venezuelan collective Rawayana's latest track, "Welcome to El Sur"

GRAMMYs/Mar 24, 2021 - 11:04 pm

Latin GRAMMY-nominated collective Rawayana's "Welcome to El Sur" is a sunny, soothing track dedicated to their native Venezuela. 

The song, a mix of laid-back Latin American and African sounds, takes them all back to Venezuela where currrently only one of their members resides—three members no longer live in the country due to political and economic reasons. They see the song as an optimistic, dreamy return home. The group explained the song's meaning in a statement to GRAMMY.com: 

"People from Latin America share the same idiosyncratic-cultural regrets and shortages that impede our development, despite the fact that we find ourselves in different stages of similar [life] cycles. Hence, ‘Welcome To El Sur,’ in addition to being a welcome, is also an aspiration to rise above the adversities that those of us who live in this corner of the world face in order to achieve sufficient clarity that allows us to evolve."

The video's animation is a collaboration between Totem TV, Walt Disney Animation Studios Director of Animation, Jorge Ruiz Cano, Brocoli Records, and Rawayana.

The track comes after the release of a string of singles "Camarones y Viniles," "2020" and "Mi Amigo Luis." The band last released an album, Trippy Caribbean, in 2016.

"Welcome to El Sur" will be a part of their forthcoming album out later this year. The song will be available on streaming platforms on March 25. 

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"Shallow" Songwriter Anthony Rossomando & Lee Ann Womack Added To ASCAP Expo Lineup

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"Shallow" Songwriter Anthony Rossomando & Lee Ann Womack Added To ASCAP Expo Lineup

Rossomando is slated to talk co-writing A Star Is Born's "Shallow" with Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

GRAMMYs/Mar 11, 2019 - 10:32 pm

GRAMMY winners Lee Ann Womack and "Shallow" songwriter Anthony Rossomando have been added to ASCAP's "I Create Music" EXPO lineup, where they will share insight on their music writing journeys and songs.

Rossomando will speak on the road to co-writing A Star Is Born's "Shallow" with Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt; the song has won several awards this year, including a GRAMMY for Best Song Written For Visual Media. Meanwhile, Womack will share her award-winning songs and picks from her latest album, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone

The 14th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will happen in Los Angeles on May 2–4 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The event provides striving songwriters and composers the resources and opportunities to network as well as the chance to receive advice from successful songwriters. Activities include workshops, keynotes, one-on-one sessions and more.

The event will feature a panel on Latin Music's growing presence in the U.S. pop charts with 2019 Best Latin Pop Album GRAMMY winner Claudia Brant, bachata singer/songwriter Romeo Santos co-writer and musical director Joaquin Diaz as well as DJ Ali Stone, who opened Justin Bieber's Purpose tour. 

As previously announced, Don Canon, who has worked with 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert and Jeezy, 21 Savage manager Kei Henderson, Label LVRN's Tunde Balogun and Capitol Music Group Senior Vice President of Global Creative Amber Grimes will come together for a panel highlighting the Atlanta music scene.

Other events include a panel on music making for video games and a performance by singer/songwriter and producer Mathew Koma, who co-wrote Zedd and Foxes' "Clarity."

For more information on how to attend the expo, visit ASCAP's website

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Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Willie Colon & More Salsa Legends Get Special Vinyl Reissues

Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco

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Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Willie Colon & More Salsa Legends Get Special Vinyl Reissues

Regarded as the "Motown Of Salsa," Fania Records was home to countless artists that moved the genre to new horizons, in its birthplace of N.Y.C. Now, a selection of its pivotal releases are being recut on vinyl from the original masters

GRAMMYs/Oct 17, 2019 - 12:01 am

Imagine entering a dimly lit room in Spanish Harlem to the sound of horns piercing the thick air. A smiling stranger asks you to dance, and you nod as a singer's warm vocals take center stage, flowing with the dynamic instrumentals. No, this isn't a scene from Santana's 1999 GRAMMY-winning smash hit, "Maria Maria"—this is 1970s New York and Salsa is at peak popularity, and now, possibly your living room, thanks to brand-new vinyl reissues from Fania Records.

Craft Latino, which acquired the rich Fania collection via Concord in 2018, has announced the first batch of special-edition vinyl reissues, due out on Oct. 25 and currently available for pre-order. The rereleases include Willie Colón's 1968 sophomore album The Hustler, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente's rare 1970 LP, Alma Con Alma, and Cruz and flautist and Fania Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco's 1974 collab album, Celia & Johnny.

The fourth record is a live double album by the Fania All Stars, Live At Yankee Stadium. This album features Colón, Cruz, Pacheco, Pete Rodriguez and others from their epic 1973 label concert at Yankee Stadium, which is being released on vinyl for the first time.

As noted in the press release, Alma Con Alma is one of the handful of collaborative projects that GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winners Puente and Cruz recorded together in the '60s and '70s. "In later decades, both artists would remember these releases as some of the best work of their careers, lamenting the fact that poor promotion at the time caused these excellent albums to go virtually unnoticed," it states.

The vibrant artwork, which you can see in the photo below, has been replicated from the original artwork for this album, along with the other two reissued studio albums. The release also notes this more album reissues will be coming soon, for "an ongoing exploration and reevaluation of the Fania treasure trove."

All albums were cut from the original analog masters by remastering expert Kevin Gray and are getting released as 180-gram collectible color editions from Vinyl, Me Please. Celia & Johnny will be available exclusively via Vinyl, Me Please Classics as their October Record of the Month, while the other three can also be purchased via Craft Recordings.

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5 LGBTQ+ Latinx Artists You Need To Know

L to R: Jonah Xiao, Niña Dioz, Mabiland, Georgel, Villano Antillano

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5 LGBTQ+ Latinx Artists You Need To Know

Ricky Martin, Kany García and Joy from Jessie & Joy aren't the only LGBTQ+ artists bringing visibility to the community, here are five more artists on the rise you should know about

GRAMMYs/Jun 2, 2021 - 04:24 am

Artists in the LGBTQ+ community aren’t just continuing to break ground in pop music’s heavily heteronormative landscape, they are making moves towards the forefront. A turning point in the past decade was Lady Gaga, who is openly bisexual, taking her queer anthem "Born This Way" to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 2011. Lil Nas X is the latest artist to bring queerness to the masses through his performance on Saturday Night Live last month. The openly gay singer and rapper brought the unapologetically queer music video for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" to life onstage at Studio 8H with a stripper pole and a team of all-male dancers. Artists like Lil Nas X are helping queer representation reverberate through the music industry and it's something we're seeing within the Latin music world, too.  

More Latin artists in the LGBTQ+ community are embracing the ways their identities intersect with their culture, despite the machismo embedded in its roots. A major cultural touchstone for the community was when Ricky Martin, a massive global pop star who began his career singing in Spanish with Menudo as a child, came out as a gay man in 2010. The GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner has continued to crank out hits, including the Billboard Latin Top 5 smash "Vente Pa’ Ca" with Maluma, after that personal revelation, showing that Latinx communities may be becoming more open to the LGBTQ+ community. While more space is being created for LGBTQ+ folks within Latinx communities, there's still a ways to go for the culture and Latin music industry as a whole—more needs to be done to dismantle the machismo that has historically put down women and queer people and continues to inhabit the industry. Since Ricky Martin’s coming out, many more artists like Puerto Rico's Kany García, Jesse y Joy's Joy Huerta and Spanish pop star Pablo Alborán, have become public about their sexualities, and there seems to be much hope for a more inclusive future in the industry.

Case in point: it was incredible to see the big three categories, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year, at last November's Latin GRAMMY Awards filled with entries from Martin, Huerta, García, and Alborán. The LGBTQ+ Latinx representation was strong and we're continuing to see more of it this year with younger artists like Demi Lovato, who intersects both the pop and Latin music worlds and recently came out as non-binary. In honor of Pride month, here are five more Latin music artists in the LGBTQ+ community to look out for.

Mabiland

Mabely Largacha, who professionally goes by Mabiland, is an emerging singer/songwriter and rapper from Colombia. She hails from Quibdó, the capital of Chocó region that has a predominantly Afro-Colombian population. Her breakthrough came in 2018 with the release of her debut album 1995 in which the lead single, "Cuánto Más," blends hip-hop, R&B and reggae, and tells the story of an intense romance that leads to heartbreak. There's no limit to the music that Mabiland makes as she gives reggaeton a soul music twist with the help of Colombian acts like Crudo Means Raw, Piso 21, and CIAN. In the highly male-dominated Latin hip-hop genre, Mabiland is representing intersecting identities in the industry as a Black, queer woman. And as a star in the MTV Latin America series Latin Flow, this month she will bring that intersectionality to the world.

Villano Antillano

In Puerto Rico's Latin trap scene, Villano Antillano is an emerging queer voice. The rapper from Bayamón identifies as non-binary, meaning that they don't subscribe to the gender binary of male or female. In the music video for "Pájara," Antillano can be seen presenting both masculine and feminine gender expressions and they look fierce doing it. In the queer trap anthem, Antillano reclaims derogatory Spanish terms like "Pájara" which are used to put down the LGBTQ+ community, turning those words into an empowering moment in rap. Making music in a genre that has a history of machismo, Antillano's breakthrough came in 2018 when they released the response song "Pato Hasta La Muerte" to a rapper that used a queer slur in their diss track. Expect Antillano to bring more color to Puerto Rican rap with their next single "Muñeca" that's due out later this month.

Niña Dioz

With artists like Gera MX and Alemán, Mexican rap is making more noise around the world this year. Niña Dioz is a queer pioneer in Mexican rap who hails from Monterrey. Her career spans over a decade since making her live debut at South by Southwest in 2009. Dioz expanded her reach in 2018 when she teamed up with Nacional Records for her breakthrough album Reyna. In honor of Women's History Month in March, she released her latest LP Amor, Locura y Otros Vicios. With hip-hop's history of excluding women and queer people, Dioz more than makes up for that. With Mexican pride, she teamed up with Mexican rapper Hispana in "Mezcal" that gave the rap a ranchera music twist. In the music video for "Último Perreo," Dioz spotlights people in the LGBTQ+ community who are living their best lives in the club.

Georgel

Along with Mabiland, Georgel is another queer artist who is pioneering the Latin R&B movement. The two collaborated on his song "Demasiado Bueno 2.0" for this year's Claro EP. He dropped his debut EP on Valentine's Day after a year of releasing R&B bops en español like the sensual "Adrenalina" with Colombian rapper Nanpa Básico and the serene "Casa" with indie artist Katzù Oso. In 2019, Georgel teamed up with Mexican act Raymix and Colombian singer Esteman and became a part of a queer summit of Latin artists. The trio of openly gay artists covered Mexican flamboyant icon Juan Gabriel’s classic track "El Noa Noa" with the late Celso Piña and the Mexican Institute Of Sound. Georgel recently teased his next EP Oscuro with his recent single "Desilusionándome" featuring Immasoul and Ferraz.

Jonah Xiao

Jonah Xiao is one of the newest artists in the LGBTQ+ community who is making a splash in Latin music. The singer/songwriter hails from Chile and on his father's side and also represents the Chinese community that's prominent in the northern part of the country. In his debut single "Inhala Inhala," Xiao blended '80s-inspired synth-pop with elements of Latin trap. In a major moment for queer representation in Latin pop, Xiao teams up with fellow queer Chilean singer Dani Ride for his latest single "California Santiago." The dreamy duet is accompanied with a music video that features Xiao and Ride sharing romantic moments along the coast of Chile’s capital. There’s no doubt sky's the limit for this recent Warner Music Chile signee.

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Bad Bunny Wins Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album For 'YHLQMDLG' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

Bad Bunny at 2021 GRAMMYs

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Bad Bunny Wins Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album For 'YHLQMDLG' | 2021 GRAMMY Awards Show

Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny takes home Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album For 'YHLQMDLG' at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show

GRAMMYs/Mar 15, 2021 - 06:08 am

Bad Bunny won Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album for YHLQMDLG at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. This marks his first career GRAMMY win.

Their hit album bested fellow nominees Camilo, Kany García, Ricky Martin, Debi Nova.

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