Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez teams up with Puerto Rican goofball Guaynaa in the racy new reggaeton track, “Dame Bien,” or “Give It to Me Good.” And with an assist from Big Freedia, Queen of New Orleans bounce, the two acquaint themselves with a different kind of perreo intenso.Continue Reading
Nicky Jam and Anuel AA have teamed up for an epic new collaboration called “Whine Up” (and no, it’s not a cover of the 2007 Kat DeLuna monster hit).Continue Reading
Vin Diesel has confirmed that the Puerto Rican artist Ozuna will be part of the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, slated for a 2020 release.Continue Reading
Aguadilla synth-pop outfit Buscabulla turn their tropical dreams into reality with their rousing new song, “Vámono,” or “Let’s Go.” It is the lead single off their upcoming debut album, which is due for release in 2020.Continue Reading
Daddy Yankee is determined to find the next Latina music superstar on Univision’s updated reality show La Reina de la Canción.Continue Reading
Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, also known as Ozuna, has received four Guinness World Records 2020 titles, Billboard has learned. “More and more Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans are headlining the lists of world records,” says Ralph Hannah, Official Adjudicator of Guinness World Records in a press statement. “The passion and enthusiasm that characterizes these stars have seen them reach the top of our rankings.”Continue Reading
Brytiago closed out Artistix’s New York Fashion Week show on Thursday night, becoming the first male reggaeton artist to do so. Sporting the brightest neon green ensemble of the group, the Puerto Rican singer stood out with ease, as he walked the strip accessorized by his abs and a stacked array of diamond chains.Continue Reading
Puerto Rican MC, PJ Sin Suela, premieres the video for the remix for “La Pelúa,” featuring emerging rappers from Puerto Rico’s music scene Jon Z, Rafa Pabón and Guaynaa. The foursome bring their own lyrical style to the remix.Continue Reading
In Alba Garcia’s ‘Yo Soy Taíno,’ Puppets Tell the Story of an Abuela & Granddaughter Surviving Hurricane Maria
Seasoned animator and director Alba Garcia was deeply impacted when Hurricane Maria ravaged her homeland of Puerto Rico. The hurricane killed over 3,000 people and left survivors without access to basic necessities and electricity for months. While she now lives in the U.S., Garcia has family who still lives on the island.
The inaction and insensitivity on behalf of the United States government, in the face of such tragedy, pushed her to rethink what she knew about Puerto Rico’s history. She revisited the banishing of indigenous Taíno culture done by colonization. Although she had primarily only worked in stop-motion animation at the time, Garcia ventured into working with puppets when presented with the opportunity to explore the identity of her people in a new format.
With dialogue in Spanish and Taíno, the 13-minute film Yo Soy Taino (I Am Taíno or Dak’toká Taíno) revolves around an encounter between Puerto Rican grandmother Abuela Yaya (voiced by Amneris Morales) and her curious granddaughter Marabelí (Vianez Morales) following Hurricane Maria. Abuela Yaya teaches the young girl words and phrases in the Taíno language. She also offers her a crash course in the ways the United States has deliberately hurt Puerto Rico’s economy and tried to erase their multiracial heritage — a mix of Taíno, Spanish, and African traditions.Continue Reading