Club Glee

Today is Spanish Friday so this post is in Spanish. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, leave your link in comments. Scroll down for English translation!

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Hoy quiero introducirles a mi nueva causa favorita en El Salvador. Glasswing International es una organización independiente, y tienen muchas valiosas iniciativas que estoy planeando apoyar con mi dinero – y ojalá un día cuando regresamas a El Salvador, con mi tiempo. De las iniciativas que tienen, Club Glee es una de mis favoritas. En Club Glee, los jovenes aprenden como cantar y bailar – pero es mucho más que esto. Los jovenes que participaron aprenden cooperación, se sienten aceptados, hacen amigos, y ganan confianza. Al final, programas así no sólo ayudan a los niños, pero también el futuro del pais porque está creando mejores ciudadanos.

Aquí hay un video que realmente me llegó al corazón. Chécalo.

Si quieres apoyar a programas como Club Glee, aprender de sus otras programs, (incluyendo programas en Guatemala y Honduras), o seguir sus perfiles de medios de comunicación social – dale una visita a Glasswing.org [en inglés], o en español AQUÍ.

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

Today I want to introduce you to my new favorite cause in El Salvador. Glasswing International is an independent organization, and they have many worthwhile initiatives that I’m planning to support with my money – and hopefully one day when we return to El Salvador, with my time. Of the initiatives they have, Club Glee is one of my favorites. In Club Glee, the youth learn how to sing and dance – but it’s much more than that. The young people who participate in the program learn cooperation, feel accepted, make friends, and gain confidence. In the end, programs such as this not only help the children but also help the future of the country because it’s creating better citizens.

Here is a video that really touched my heart. Check it out.

If you want to support programs like Club Glee, learn about their other programs (including programs in Guatemala and Honduras), or follow them in social media – give them a visit at Glasswing.org [English] or in Spanish HERE.

Helado y La Lambada

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Image source: Flickr user .imelda

Image source: Flickr user .imelda

Yo estaba trabajando en la yarda cuando escuché el camión de helados en la calle. Paré y escuché. La canción me sonaba muy familiar y no fue “Pop Goes the Weasel” – (una canción común utilizado por los camiones de helados en los Estados Unidos.)

Empecé a cantar a mí misma … “Llorando se fue la que un día me hizo llorar…” – Qué qué?! Pero, estos son las letras de la canción de “Taboo” por Don Omar! … Cuando me di cuenta de que el camión estaba tocando La Lambada, (que Don Omar utilizó en su canción), agarré mi teléfono celular y tomé vídeo cuando el camión se fue saliendo de mi barrio. Chécalo!

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Ice Cream and The Lambada

I was outside working in the yard when I heard the ice cream truck in the street. I stopped and listened. The song sounded familiar but it wasn’t “Pop Goes the Weasel” – (a common song used by ice cream trucks in the United States.)

I started to sing to myself… “Llorando se fue la que un día me hizo llorar…” – What in the world?! But these were the lyrics to the song “Taboo” by Don Omar!… When I realized the truck was playing The Lambada, (which Don Omar sampled in his song), I grabbed my cellphone and took video as the ice cream truck was leaving the neighborhood. Check it out!

Goodbye Vuvuzela, Hello Caxirola

Image source: SecultBA

Image source: SecultBA

If the sound of buzzing vuvuzelas drove you to distraction, (or up the wall), during South Africa’s World Cup, then the sound of Brazil’s caxirola may be a welcome change.

The hand-held instrument made of recycled plastic which sounds a bit like a rainstick, is based on the caxixi, a woven instrument filled with dried beans that can be found in various regions including Brazil. The caxirola can be played in a number of ways as demonstrated by its Brazilian inventor, musician, Carlinhos Brown. Chécalo!

Unfortunately this story doesn’t end with a “happily ever after” just yet. The caxirola is not being embraced as perhaps Brazil and FIFA had hoped. Just last week, hundreds of the caxirolas which were given out at a game, were chucked onto the pitch. (Now that I think about it, they are a great size, shape and weight to be tossed a considerable distance… they even kind of resemble grenades.)

Still others complain that the sound of the caxirola simply isn’t characteristic of a traditional Brazilian football game – that it’s being forced on them when they much rather prefer the usual chants.

What do you think? Is this better than the vuvuzelas or should we just enjoy the game sans musical instruments?

Read more about the caxirola on CNN.com.

NOT the Latino Justin Bieber

Image source: Matt Hunter/Mi Señorita video

Image source: Matt Hunter/Mi Señorita video

“Justin Bieber can sing in Spanish?” was my confused reaction upon hearing Matt Hunter for the first time this morning. Apparently I’m not the only one who has made this comparison, as I found in this People en Español interview with the Latino American singer (who turns out to be of Colombian and Italian descent):

Y como los medios lo han identificado como el “Justin Bieber latino”, Matt responde: “Yo admiro a Justin Bieber; la música de él es bien cool, pero yo soy mi propia persona; tengo mi propia musica, mi propio estilo. A veces no me gusta que me comparen, pero me gusta mucho la música de Justin Bieber”.

Por eso prefiere que no lo presenten como el Justin Bieber latino: “No. Yo soy el Matt Hunter latino”.

- source: People en Español

So, out of respect for Matt’s wishes, I will refrain from calling him the Latino Justin Bieber even though I’m completely behind on new music right now, (as Matt has been making news since at least last year), and I seriously did think it was Justin Bieber singing in Spanish. I just want to say I love this video and this song is probably going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the week.

Fun Fact: Matt Hunter was the voice of Diego on Nickelodeon’s animated children’s show, Go, Diego, Go!

Violin + Rap in Spanish = Chévere

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What could be more chévere than some random guys who start freestyle rapping with a violinist in a parking lot? I’ll tell you what’s more awesome – when a Latino drops it en español and blows them all away.

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You know you’re good when even the monolingual people who have no clue what you just said know they’ve been beat.

(In case you’re curious, the guy rapping in Spanish is Ecuadoran, Mateo Fabián Borja. The violinist is David Wong.)

La Música de Dawin y Una Canción Justin Bieber Estilo Bachata!

Today is Spanish Friday so this post is in Spanish. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, leave your link in comments. English translation in italics!

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Dawin Polanco es un joven músico dominicano-americano con mucho talento. Él no sólo canta, sino que también toca la guitarra y el piano. Vean por ustedes mismos – aquí es su versión de As Long As You Love Me por Justin Bieber, pero estilo bachata. Me encanta!

(Dawin Polanco is a young Dominican-American musician with a lot of talent. Not only does he sing, but he also plays guitar and piano. Look for yourself – here is his version of As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber, but bachata style. I love it!)

Claro que Dawin tiene sus propias canciones también, como esta canción, Light of Day (Let ‘Em Go). ¡Qué bella la canción!(Of course Dawin has his own songs too, like this one, Light of Day (Let ‘Em Go).) It’s so beautiful!

Quieren aprender más sobre Dawin? Aquí les traigo una mini-entrevista con él. Chécalo! (Want to learn more about Dawin? Here I bring you a mini-interview with him. Check it out!)

Latinaish habla con cantante, Dawin

(Latinaish speaks with singer, Dawin)

Latinaish: Eres dominicano-americano, ¿Cómo han contribuido las dos culturas en tu vida? (You’re Dominican-American – How have those two cultures contributed to your life?)

Dawin: Sí soy dominicano – estas culturas me han dado el lujo de poder disfrutar plenamente o comprender lo que sucede en el mundo inglés y español. (Yes, I’m Dominican – these cultures have given me the luxury of being able to fully enjoy or understand what is happening in the English and Spanish world.)

Latinaish: ¿Por qué haces música? Parece una pregunta simple, pero no siempre tiene una respuesta fácil! Lo sé porque la gente me ha preguntado por qué escribo.(Why do you make music? It seems like a simple question, but it doesn’t always have an easy answer! I know because people have asked me before why I write.)

Dawin: Es cierto. Por suerte siempre he tenido mi respuesta [se ríe.] Hago música porque es mi manera de vaciar mi mente de cosas negativas y crear música es mi forma de rejuvenecer. (It’s true. Luckily I’ve always had my answer [laughs.] I make music because it’s my way to empty my mind of negative things and making music is my way of rejuvenating.)

Latinaish: ¿Dónde podemos encontrar/comprar tu música? ¿Crees que un día vamos a escuchar una canción en español o spanglish de ti? (Where can we find/buy your music? Do you think we’ll ever hear a song from you in Spanish or Spanglish?)

Dawin: Mi música se puede encontrar en sitios como YouTube donde me gusta hacer mis estrenos. Tengo música gratis y disponible para descarga aquí: www.soundcloud.com/dawin y en iTunes. Te prometo que voy a hacer una canción en español o spanglish y como continuar con mi éxito, me gustaría hacerlo con artistas conocidos. (My music can be found on sites like YouTube where I like to make my premieres. I have free music and it’s available for download here: www.soundcloud.com/dawin and on iTunes. I promise I’ll do a song in Spanish or Spanglish and to continue with my success, I would like to do it with well-known artists.)

Enlaces/Links:

DawinMusic.com
Dawin on Twitter
Dawin on Facebook
Dawin on iTunes

Este Chico Está Loco

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Cada día nuestro perro Chico nos muestra que está loco. Le gusta comer tierra de las macetas en la casa, perseguir su cola, tratar de entrar a la tina cuando estoy bañando, y ahora hemos descubierto que le gusta perseguir la luz de una linterna. Por todo eso y más, ya tiene el apodo de “Chico Loco” – pero el otro día en el carro, mientras escuchaba música, yo comencé a reír porque la canción me recordaba al perro. La canción era “Latinos in Paris” por Pitbull y Sensato, y en la letra dice “Este chico está loco.”

Pitbull (el cantante) Loco…

Perro (que no es de raza Pitbull) Loco…

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

Each day our dog Chico, shows us that he’s crazy. He likes to eat the dirt from my potted plants, chase his tail, tries to get into the bathtub when I’m taking a bath, and now we discovered that he likes to chase the light from the flashlight. Because of all this and more, he’s earned himself the nickname “Chico Loco” (crazy Chico) – but the other day in the car, while listening to music, I started to laugh because the song reminded me of our dog. The song was “Latinos in Paris” by Pitbull and Sensato, and part of the lyrics go, “Este chico está loco” (This boy/guy is crazy.)

Sonus – Bilingual Boy Band

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Check out these clever, clever boys. Alex, Marcelo, and Andres are three brothers and together they are the band, Sonus.

All three boys were born in California but live in Argentina and I’m predicting right now, (thanks in part to their smart bilingual marketing and strong social media presence), that they are going to be the NEXT BIG THING in the United States. (The music is catchy too!)

Chécalo!

Spanish-language song – Vecina

English version – Save Me Tonight

(Hat tip to WetPaint.com)

Música, from ear to corazón

“La música es el arte más directo, entra por el oído y va al corazón.” – Magdalena Martínez

I can’t remember a time in my life when music wasn’t important to me. I’ve never been musically talented – I can’t sing (although that doesn’t stop me), and I’ve failed at every instrument I’ve attempted (guitar, drums, piano, flute … although I do pretty good with maracas.) Despite my own ineptitude to create music, I am content to listen to it and at times, it’s something I need in a most primal way.

Now, as much as I love music, I’m really not the type to get excited about the technical aspect of music listening. I know some people who can talk on and on about the value of one set of headphones over another – Honestly, I’m usually just thrilled if I can find ear buds that don’t fall out of my ears every ten seconds. That being said, I was given the opportunity to review headphones from a company called SOL REPUBLIC and I was intrigued by the name, (can’t resist Spanish!), the flashy design and the endorsement of their products by DJs, (which in this case, I think is more important than a random celebrity endorsement since DJs are the experts here.)

I chose the “Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones” because they’re beautiful, quite honestly. Those cushy over-ear speaker pads made me nostalgic for the big headphones I used to listen to at my grandmother’s house when I was a little girl, or the headphones with the curly wire I’d wrap around my finger while at the “listening station” in elementary school.

When I received the headphones and opened them, I really couldn’t believe how awesome they were. Sometimes you see a photo and then you see it in real life, and the real life version pales in comparison – not the case here! The real test came when I plugged them in. (Note: At first I thought they weren’t working but I discovered that I simply hadn’t pushed the jacks in all the way. Make sure the jacks snap in securely on both sides.) I fired up Pandora and the sound quality was absolutely undeniable. I tried different genres to see what their range was and everything sounded amazing.

I listened to La Guanaquita by Los Hermanos Flores and I could hear every individual instrument clear and unmuddled.

I listened to Pitbull’s Bojangles Remix – the bass was amazing.

I listed to Niña Bien by Espinoza Paz and the voice clarity made it seem like Espinoza was singing it right into my ear.

I listened to Qué Bonita Bailas by Nortec Collective and loved the depth of the different instruments layered one on top of the other.

The Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones from SOL REPUBLIC are simply headphones for music lovers which will make you fall in love with music all over again.

Now, my favorite part of doing this review is that I get to bring a little early Navidad spirit to one of you. SOL REPUBLIC is generously allowing me to give away one pair of the Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones here on Latinaish! Here’s how to enter!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congrats to winner: Carlos P.
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The Giveaway

Prize description: One lucky winner will receive one pair of the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones.

Approximate value: $179.99

How to Enter:

Just leave a comment below telling me which song you would listen to first if you won the headphones. (Please read official rules below.)

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. You must be able to provide a U.S. address for prize shipment. Your name and address will only be shared with the company in charge of prize fulfillment. Please no P.O. Boxes. One entry per household. Make sure that you enter a valid E-mail address in the E-mail address field so you can be contacted if you win. Winner will be selected at random. Winner has 48 hours to respond. After 48 hours, a new winner will be selected at random. Giveaway entries are being accepted between November 26th, 2012 through November 30th, 2012. Entries received after November 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST, will not be considered. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. If you win, by accepting the prize, you are agreeing that Latinaish.com assumes no liability for damages of any kind. By entering your name below you are agreeing to these Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Optional: An Extra Opportunity To Win

SOL REPUBLIC is hosting their own giveaway on Pinterest. The prize is $1,000 worth of holiday gifts for the winner! They will be selecting 5 winners who each will win their entire board of holiday gifts on Pinterest up to $1,000.

All you have to do is create a “SOL REPUBLIC HOLIDAY WISH LIST” Pinterest board, re-pin the contest pin and pin up to $1,000 worth of items including at least one pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones.

Buena suerte!

Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes. No other compensation was given. As always, all opinions are my own.

Letras Malentendidas – Misunderstood Lyrics

Today is Spanish Friday so this post is in Spanish. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, leave your link in comments. English translation is below!

Todos tienen una canción (o dos, o más), que no entendian muy bien. Equivocarse con la letra es una cosa que pasa a cada persona de vez en cuando – pero la cosa se pone aún más complicada cuando la canción es en otro idioma.

Mi peor malentendido de una letra fue con la canción “Así Soy Feliz” por Espinoza Paz. He oido la canción probablemente cincuenta veces o más, porque me encanta, y siempre andaba yo cantandola, pero había una parte de la canción (1:09 en el video abajo) que siempre tuve que callarme porque no entendía que estaba diciendo.

Yo pensé que la letra era:

“No me gusta la carne de tienda segunda, pero es necesario, qué le voy hacer.”

Yo sabía que eso no podia ser la letra de verdad pero la escuché tantas veces y así la entendía. Pregunté a Carlos y me explicó que realmente, lo que decía es:

“No me gusta alejarme de ti ni un segundo, pero es necesario, qué le voy a hacer.”

¿Cuáles letras no entendiste bien tú?

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

Everyone has a song, (or two, or more), that they didn’t understand well. Getting the lyrics wrong is something that happens to everyone once in awhile – but it gets even more complicated when the song is in another language.

My worst misunderstanding of a lyric was in the song “Así Soy Feliz” by Espinoza Paz. I had heard the song probably fifty times or more, because I love it, and I was always singing along, but there was one part of the song (1:09 in the video above) where I always had to stop singing because I couldn’t understand what he was saying.

I thought the lyrics were:

“No me gusta la carne de tienda segunda, pero es necesario, qué le voy hacer.”
(I don’t like the meat from the second-hand store, but it’s necessary, what can I do.)

I knew that couldn’t be the real lyrics but I listened to it so many times and that was what I understood. I asked Carlos and he explained to me that the lyric is actually:

“No me gusta alejarme de ti ni un segundo, pero es necesario, qué le voy a hacer.”
(I don’t like to walk away from your for even a second, but it’s necessary, what can I do.)

What song lyrics have you misunderstood?

Related Links:

Guest Post: Espinoza Paz, un hombre sencillamente “talentoso”

Dichos de Espinoza Paz

I’ve got some ‘splaning to do

Mexican Music Star, Espinoza Paz – Why is he Retiring?