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Dance clubs around the world can boast of their distinct cultures of chaos. Latin American clubs, however, are known to stay open long after dawn, roughly until lunchtime, with the rhythmic mating rituals of dancing.
American clubs are finally developing a taste for Spanish-speaking music, thanks to reggaetón and the success of crossover artists like Rosalia. We hope this trend continues with the recent discovery of Latin American music megastar Luis Miguel.
To finish. At this point, holding onto that no-secret was starting to feel weird.
Three years ago, Netflix released Luis Miguel: the series, a dramatized account of the Latin singer’s biography, and the recent release of the second season is slowly gaining ratings among English-speaking Americans – perhaps most notably among those curious about Latin music who bing the current biography series Selena.
contrary to Selena, however, whose subject was Texan, Luis Miguel is almost entirely in Spanish and presents, through its many characters, a range of accents (from comically heavy Argentinian to Queen’s Spanish) that is not for beginners, who will certainly have to resort to sub- securities.
At least in terms of pop culture, Luis Miguel is as important to Mexican history as Emiliano Zapata or Frida Kahlo, so beloved that he was referred to at a young age as “The Sun of Mexico”. The mid-career revelation that he was actually born in Puerto Rico (to an Italian mother and a Spanish father) was a national scandal.
As a child, Luis Miguel was struck first by massive stardom, then puberty, growing over the years in his caramel singing voice, messy hair, orange looks and stage presence in an always gray suit. He meant business.
In the 90s, Luis Miguel challenged his passionate pop audience by revisiting classic Mexican boleros through updated standards albums. Audiences ate his sweeter side and the singer melted moms pants everywhere with subsequent ballads such as “No Sé Tú” and “Hasta Que Me Olvides”. Luis Miguel’s irresistible poppy cheese is the kind you dignify with a nice board – and eat its crust. His ballads provide an embarrassing and emotional singing opportunity for those moments of amused and sad loneliness, especially when our lives are reaching their peak. telenovela drama.
The series is an epic co-production between Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico and chronicles the singer’s life across different countries, ages and scenes, through the cast of three different actors – so far – portraying the singer through eras defining his career and especially his sad personal life.
The youngest actor, Izan Llunas, bears an eerie resemblance to the singer in the days leading up to his television debut, and his own vocal prowess would have rivaled Luis Miguel’s had they been contemporaries.
The voice-changeable teenage version of Luis Miguel is aptly played by an actor clearly in the middle of his own awkward scene. Luis Miguel, much more handsome and confident, is played by the much more handsome and confident actor Diego Boneta.
The singer’s life stories were perfectly suited for television: “Micky,” as he calls him from his family and his very discerning fans, has a complex, manipulative, showbiz dark nightmare of a father, performed with a perfection nuanced by the brilliantly chameleon actor Óscar Jaenada.
Daddy’s question themes abound as in a Spielberg movie, and the series defies the established formula of musical biopics – cautionary tales of the pitfalls of the quick and limitless opportunities offered by wealth and fame. Luis Miguel: the series instead takes a page from an internal court document: a family dysfunction filled with child abandonment and persistent emotional abuse.
As the episodes heat up through the sex scenes and conflict, the stadium crowd sizes increase. Micky remains a grateful star plagued by the disappearance of a loved one, which adds quite an arc of mystery to the limit of Twin Peaks-weird. The series is non-linear, perhaps skipping too confusingly between decades, but worth watching for its excellent production value.
Available for the first time via Telemundo in 2018, Luis Miguel made a Boneta star and a revisited singer star, remembered by millions of nostalgic streams on Spotify. While the successful Latin American monster series first hit the US, these efforts went unnoticed, and its premiere barely hit our radar. Netflix now features the show in the foreground on our TV’s main page, giving the star its due.
For anyone who has ever lived in a Spanish speaking country, Luis Miguel was practically a deity. Since the late ’80s and up, adult Luis Miguel had hit after knocking out largely thanks to upbeat pop deals that always seemed to focus on an alluring woman on the beach, changing keys for maximum effect after s ‘be snuck into a sappy saxophone solo whenever possible.
Those early pop hits were as mellow as his hit song “Suave,” and the sound of Luis Miguel’s vocals set the mood for uncomfortable school dances and the maudlin soundtrack of breakups. Depending on the time, we could equate his fame to that of a Latin Elvis or Sinatra, or even Leif Garrett.
Yet “Luismi” never really entered the American mainstream. At least not to the English-speaking masses. He even dated Mariah Carey for three years, but that didn’t make him a household name in the United States, not even in the tabloids, not even during Christmas time.
Most likely, it’s because he never sang in English. Luis Miguel speaks the language (certainly more fluent than Shakira when she started translating her albums into English), but has never put it on tracks in an attempt to conquer new territory. Even when the time was right to capitalize on the heyday of crossing Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.
For years, these Latin pop stars had to translate their songs into English if they wanted to find a hit in the United States. Until recently, it was unlikely that an American could name a song sung entirely in Spanish except “La Bamba” or “La Cucaracha” – and that is if they were old enough. has, of course, a staunch reverence for Selena and the Spanglish appeal that made “Macarena” and “Despacito” hits, even when Justin Bieber, one of the singers on the latter, admitted to forgetting the words immediately after saving them.
Now we are finally developing an ear for melodic Spanish with the discriminating hunger we reserve for foreign foods. One can only dream that the discovery of a Mexican treasure will lead on an exploratory path towards the late recognition of Latin rock acts such as Soda Stereo and Café Tacuba.
For now, we’ll have to settle for the broader interest in commercial Latin music. The Americans finally discovered Luis Miguel, and it was about time. The most fitting part of the show’s popularity is that if it allows the singer’s stardom to develop on new ground, it will be as he intended: in Español.
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