Violin + Rap in Spanish = Chévere


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.


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!


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: 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: 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.)

Dawin on Twitter
Dawin on Facebook
Dawin on iTunes

Sonus – Bilingual Boy Band


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!)


Spanish-language song – Vecina

English version – Save Me Tonight

(Hat tip to

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!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congrats to winner: Carlos P.

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 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?


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:

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

Fiesta DC 2012

Taking photos at Fiesta DC this past Sunday was a challenge for a number of reasons, but one of those reasons was the sheer number of other people trying to photograph and video tape the event. At times I felt like I was in a group of paparazzi fighting for position – and then when I would finally frame the perfect shot, someone would inevitably ruin it by running across with a video camera or sticking their iPhone in front of me.

Some of the people were amateur or hobbyist photographers like me, some were obviously freelance professionals or working for media – And then there were young males, usually equipped with cellphone cameras, who were just trying to photograph the nalgas of the cachiporras to share on their Facebook.

Anyway, here are my favorite shots which I had some fun editing and a video of the general atmosphere.

By the way, speaking of nalgas, at one point during the parade a woman with a very generous backside stood in front of us. Carlos, to his credit, didn’t even seem to notice despite the fact that her “pants” were actually leggings and you could see her thong through the fabric.

“¡Qué bárbara!” a little old man said. The old man, not content to enjoy the view by himself and feeling the need to share, elbowed Carlos. Jutting his chin towards the woman in front of them he said, with a lascivious expression on his face, “Ella es Santa Bárbara, ¿vá?”

Carlos looked confused, “Oh, ¿sí?” he replied.
“Ssssíííííí,” the viejo hissed appraising the woman’s behind, practically licking his lips. Noting the fact that Carlos didn’t understand what he meant, the viejo then asked, “¿No sabes?”

“¿No?” Carlos said, the question on his face.

I rolled my eyes at the predictable dirty old man.

“¡Es santa por delante y bárbara por atrás!” the viejo said, erupting in laughter as if he had said the most clever and original thing in the world.

Carlos laughed politely and I pinched him.

“What?” Carlos said.
“Stand back here, away from the viejo chuco,” I said.

After the parade we had lunch. I wanted pupusas but Carlos made a good point that we eat pupusas all the time and that we should eat something different, so we ended up buying delicious Mexican tortas. (The boys and I had the torta milanesa de pollo with horchata. Carlos had the torta de carnitas with agua fresca de tamarindo.)

Just as we finished eating and were deciding what to do next, I heard “Los Hermanos Lovo” announced on a nearby stage.

“No way!” I said out loud, “Hermanos Lovo!”

Carlos looked at me like I had lost my mind as I pulled his hand in the direction of the stage.

“It’s the Chanchona music I blogged about. Remember?… Hermanos Lovo!”

For three songs I tapped my hand against my side, tapped my feet, and moved my hips, waiting for people to dance, but only a few people were dancing, and they were getting stared at. Everyone else just pretty much stood there and watched the performance. I found this a little strange given that at most Latino dominant events I’ve been too, there’s usually not a lack of dancing. I wonder if most of the people there have become too Americanized in this respect? Too self-conscious?

I couldn’t take it anymore. I leaned toward Carlos and he leaned toward me so he could hear me.

“Want to dance?” I asked, eyes brimming with hope like a child asking for a puppy.

Carlos said nothing, just turned toward me and took me in his arms, and we danced.

Within seconds much of the crowd had turned to look at us and stood gaping. Carlos whispered in my ear, “We’re being photographed and video taped.” I felt a flood of gringa self-consciousness wash through me but we kept dancing, and soon, the people around us, were just a blur of colors.

Eskina Opuesta – Salvadoran Ska Music

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!

Hoy quiero introducirles a una banda de El Salvador que se llama “Eskina Opuesta.” La música está clasificada como una mezcla de Ska y Rock con un toque de Cumbia. Las canciones y los videos son muy divertidos y creativos. También me encanta la diversidad de instrumentos utilizados en la música. Yo creo que Eskina Opuesta es super buena onda y que tienen un gran potencial para llegar a ser muy famosos fuera de El Salvador. ¿Qué opinan ustedes? Chécalo!


Today I want to introduce you guys to a band from El Salvador called “Eskina Opuesta.” The music is classified as a mix of Ska and Rock with a touch of Cumbia. The songs and videos are really fun and creative and I love the diversity of the instruments used. I think that Eskina Opuesta is super cool and has big potential to become really famous outside El Salvador. What do you guys think? Check it out!


Eskina Opuesta en Facebook
Eskina Opuesta en Twitter