Myra Bari, cultural editor
Song: Matando by Tei Shi
Just to be clear – if Tei Shi has no fans, I’m dead. Her 2019 album “La Linda” has a special place in my heart; I have replayed it countless times. “Matando” is a rowdy gem, a smooth and sexy reggae-inspired exploration of Tei Shi’s Colombian heritage.
Mari Fabian, opinion writer
Song: Aguanile by Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón
Aguanile: to clean yourself or your things
There aren’t enough songs or words to describe the entire legacy and existence of Latin or Hispanic music. All my life, I bathed there, because my father is Mexican and my Colombian mother. The mix of these two cultures has been intriguing and I enjoy all kinds of Spanish music. My musical tastes range from salsa, reggaeton, mariachi, bachata and more. One of my fondest childhood memories is listening to salsa while my mom cooked a delicious sudado in the background. This music also defined the classic Saturday morning cleaning tunes. As soon as I heard those drumbeats and bird calls, I knew I was in for a surprise: cleanup or dinner?
Ellie Bruno, Editor-in-Chief
Song: Sofia by Alvaro Soler
I was trying to pass my Spanish class in high school when my older sister (a Spanish student) told me to listen to Spanish music. She claimed it would help me understand the words, but I think she just wanted more control over the auxiliaries. Either way, Soler stuck in my mind as one of my favorite Spanish singers – “Sofia” is upbeat and energetic, but still has a touch of genuine sweetness that never fails to put a smile on my face.
Bryan Pyrtle, sportswriter
Song: El Rey by Vicente Fernandez
Even though the New York Mets are closing in on Edwin Díaz’s debut in Blasterjaxx’s “Narco” and Timmy Trumpet is currently taking the baseball world by storm, my favorite Latin song comes from another MLB reliever . Atlanta Braves right-hander Raisel Iglesias’ favorite entrance song is “El Rey” by Vicente Fernández.
While closer entrance songs are usually upbeat (as with Díaz) or ominous (as with former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”), I really appreciate the way which Iglesias uses “El Rey” to break the mould. The inflated dynamics and tempo give off a feeling of royalty. Not the kind you’d see in a British historical drama, but the kind you’d feel in the final showdown of a classic Western. It’s Iglesias the hero against the big bad opponent hitters. In this way, Iglesias is “El Rey” as much as Fernández.
Wade Bowman, editor
Song: Black Magic Woman by Santana
Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” is not only one of Latin rock’s most influential tracks, but also an incredibly smooth track with an infectious beat. Although it’s a cover of a track originally written by Fleetwood Mac, Santana’s ability to completely transform the feel of the song into a Latin rock masterpiece played a role. important in the band’s rise to stardom.
Abigail Ali, Editor-in-Chief
Song: Telepatia by Kali Uchis
I know, I know, I picked a TikTok song. But “Telepatía” is one of the most vibrant songs of all time, and it takes me back to the summer of 2021. The tone of the song is almost dreamlike, which is perfect on those overwhelming days when I want to listen to something more cold. Also, the cover of this song is 10/10.
Jameson Wolf, Associate Culture Editor
Song: La Media Vuelta by Luis Miguel
As Mexico’s beloved crooner and idol, Luis Miguel never fails to bring a bit of sentiment, heartbreak, and drama to every song, and “La Media Vuelta” is no exception. Miguel’s sweet tone on an acoustic guitar with a touch of brass is perfect for a slow dance or a good shout.
Ethan Rimolt, assistant photo editor
Song: Y Así Fue by Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda
If you are a fan of big band music, you no longer need to search for the perfect song. When I was working in the restaurant industry, my colleagues introduced me to “Y Así Fue”, and I continued to listen to it even during my university studies. The vibrations are impeccable.