Selena Gomez Continues to Represent Hispanics Through Her Music
As Selena Gomez fans are enjoying her recent comeback from her two-year hiatus, the Texas native opened up about trying to further connect with her Hispanic audience, according to an article by Remezcla.
It can be recalled that Gomez released a Spanish-language version of "A Year Without Rain" in 2010, a time when teen pop star was still finding her element. As she looked back on her early music in general, the singer-actress admitted she cringes at the style she adopted on her way to finding her own path. She released a few more translated tracks since, and her recent Latin music project was DJ Snake's "Taki Taki" and Tainy's "I Can't Get Enough." Gomez said the public can expect more where that came from.
Fans also love to hear more of her in this genre.
"In my opinion, Selena killed 10x more when she started speaking in Spanish, " said user Mohammed Alam on the Taki Taki music video uploaded on YouTube, a comment which gained 16 thousand likes.
In an interview with Dazed, Gomez also addressed immigration-related issues such as immigrant family separations, calling it, "animalistic."
Gomez also answered some questions raised by different entities and individuals.
On representing Latinos and making music in Spanish, she said, "[I represent Latinos] one thousand [percent]. I'm always very vocal about my background, as far as me talking about immigration, and my grandparents having to come across the border illegally. I wouldn't have been born (otherwise). I have such an appreciation for my last name. I've rereleased a lot of music in Spanish as well, and that's something that's gonna happen a bit more. So, there's a lot more I would love to do because I don't take it lightly, I'm very honored."
On publicly sharing her family's experiences with immigration, Gomez noted that her "goal was to simply humanise my people, because they were being called aliens, criminals, and I can't even imagine what these kids being separated from their families are going through. It's something that is going to traumatise them for the rest of their lives. And it just seems animalistic; it is scary but I think it needs to be talked about..."
When asked what her favorite Latin song is, Gomez said it's Shakira's 'Obtener un Si.' Meanwhile, on the question of her favorite karaoke song, she admitted it's anything as long as it's by Cardi B.
When asked about her thoughts on how her family and those on Living Undocumented are "fully American," she said, "They believe in the American dream. They don't want to cause hurt: This is meant to be one of the greatest countries for that reason. And to hear them be so proud of being a part of our country is beautiful. They just want to live a healthy, safe life with their families and children. (They're) contributing huge, huge amounts."
Last year, the 27-year-old singer wrote an op-ed for Time, narrating her family's immigration story from Mexico and expressing her thoughts on the U.S. immigration crisis as a whole. The piece was written as a primer on the artist before a Netflix's documentary series Living Undocumented, which she produced, will be released.
While still waiting for Gomez to further explore the Latin music genre, fans can listen to her latest album "Rare", as she brings listeners through a journey of moving on and reclaiming independence and strength from heartbreak, anxiety and depression, through tracks whose beats make you want to dance.
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