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sometimes you watch and listen to music from other cultures and quickly realize you dont know the half of it. such is the case with CHILE's MON LAFERTE whose music has deft pop sensibilities infused with subtle textures and rhythms from traditional LATIN fare like CUMBIA, SALSA and BOLERO.
but such seems to be a smokescreen for her fierce REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS and bold personal stances, famously culminating in her going topless at the 2019 LATIN GRAMMYS with the message "en Chile torturan violan y matan" written across her chest. this translates to "in Chile, they torture, rape and kill." holy shit indeed. this was an anti-government message in support of protests against SOCIAL INEQUALITY and in support of minimum/LIVING WAGE guarantees. these protests were controversial at the time since they resulted in the burning of subway stations.
again, you listen to music by an artist, especially one from another culture, and you learn that you in fact no very little about the original context. at the very least MON LAFERTE is an artist worthy of further investigation and you should definitely check out her music.
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recently discovered this LONDON-based group LOS BITCHOS that specializes in CUMBIA of all things. their instrumentals are super-catchy and infectious and seem to be a genuine celebration of the genre rather than some well-intentioned but crass cultural appropriation that (let's face it) has been the case too often in the past by other artists (cough, cough, PAUL SIMON).
members range from SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, URUGUAY and ENGLAND which makes this a multi-cultural affair. totally recommend you check out their infectious grooves and enchanting guitar melodies. well worth it.