2017 seems to be the year artists are taking inspiration from their culture to incorporate in their music. Latina singers like Camila Cabello and Becky G, who have for the most part released all English music, have recently released songs in Spanish to showcase their roots.
Camila Cabello, who just last year parted ways with girl group Fifth Harmony, was born in Cuba but also spent time in Mexico City before relocating to Miami. As part of Fifth Harmony she released a Spanish version of their Better Together EP called Juntos. Now as a solo artist she teamed up with Cuban sensation Pitbull and Colombian star J Balvin for “Hey Ma” which will be featured on the Fate of the Furious soundtrack. “Pa’ mi gente Latina stand up…Cuba,” Cabello shouts at the end of the song. This is the second song Cabello has released since leaving Fifth Harmony. It will be interesting to see if she will continue to incorporate her Cuban-Mexican culture as she continues her solo career.
Becky G is a Mexican-American pop-rap singer who was born and raised in Inglewood, CA. She has previously released songs mixed in with Spanish words, but going on a co-headlining tour with J Balvin in 2015 sparked her interest in releasing a full Spanish track. Becky G released her first Spanish single “Sola” last year and told Billboard, “Although I don’t speak Spanish perfectly, singing it is much easier to do and I just love the way it sounds.” Earlier this month she released “Todo Cambio” which is about everything changing in her life, including: delving into her acting career, growing up and falling in love for the first time. “Todo Cambio” is a song that will be part of her first Spanish album coming out soon.