How is everyone’s fall going? I’m so excited for the fall weather and the festivities to come. Although it still hasn’t quite cooled down here in Arizona yet…. (in the 90’s still) yikes! This month I wanted to bring you something a little different and put a spin on our traditional picks. As many of us are finishing up celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the next week or so I wanted to bring you these Latino artists who cover pop songs.
It’s a play on a clash of two cultures. I hope you enjoy the new spin each one of these artists put on some of the hottest songs out there!
Wake Me Up (Mariachi Style)- PostmodernJukebox
You might have seen many of their covers all over Youtube in which they take current songs and put an old school spin on them. The song originally by Avicii gets a Mariachi style spin to it and it’s such a great twist to the song. Video link.
Elastic Heart – Kevin Karla & La Banda
This brother and sister duo act out of Chile takes current hit songs and puts them into Spanish to give them their own flare. They transform the original Sia song into something that I have never heard before and it sounds so beautiful. You definitely have to check out the catalog of songs they have transformed! Video link.
Lucky – Ximena Sariñana
This Mexican singer-songwriter transforms this Jason Mraz duet into something of real beauty. This song originally sung with Colbie Caillat was lovely already but this Spanish twist makes it even more special. Ximena is very popular in Mexico and I highly recommend checking out her new album No Todo lo Puedes Dar. Video link.
Latch – Daniela Andrade
Daniela Andrade is a 22-year-old Honduran singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada. Her take on this Disclosure’s amazing hit once again shows how she can create her own version and make it simply amazing. Definitely keep an eye out for her in the next year or so because I can see her having a big career ahead. Video link.
Will Smith with Bomba Estereo
This one is kinda opposite, Will Smith submits to the Latin groove instead of the other way around. OK, you know a band is absolutely cool when the Fresh Prince wants to jam on your tune – something he hasn’t done in 10 years. That was the case here with the Colombian group, Bomba Estereo (thanks to Marc Anthony for the connection!). Sure enough, Smith’s vocal personality shines on the remix of the popular tune, Fiesta. Video link. You can buy it on iTunes here.
And here is Smith talking about how it all came together!
Did you feel a mix between two cultures? I really hope you enjoy each one of these transcreated songs. I have to say some of these songs really gave me a greater appreciation of how beautiful the Spanish language is and with combining a popular song it only gets better!
Until next month! I hope you have a great rest of October and a Happy Halloween!
Oh – and please share this article with your friends and family, let’s all embrace new artists!
Will Medina is a Phoenix resident with a passion for new and meaningful music. He always keeps up to date with current music and has been known to bust a move to some Top 40 hits from time to time.