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Up Next: Why Argentine Up-And-Coming Singer-Songwriter Dat García Wants Latinas To Reclaim Being Maleducada

Up Next is a FIERCE series highlighting rising Latina and Latin American women artists you might not know but definitely should.

Melding Latin American folk with electronic, Argentina is behind one of the most intoxicating contemporary musical genres, and up-and-comer Dat García is advancing the scene with her feminist lyrics.

The Buenos Aires-based artist was the first woman producer to be signed to ZZK Records, the label responsible for bringing the South American sound to an international audience, and with “Maleducada,” her first album with the company, she declared a lady rebellion.

Whether calling on listeners to revolt against the patriarchy or celebrating misbehaved femmes, the Monte Grande-raised singer combines the sounds she heard in her youth, like folkloric instruments and ’80s synths, with modern-day trip-hop to tell the stories of Latin America’s women’s movement.

We chatted with García about folktronic, creating cultural change through music, reclaiming the word maleducada and what the rising artist has in store for the next half of 2018.

1. Your style of music has been called folktronic, but it feels more nuanced than that. How would you describe your sound?

I would describe it as folk-futuristic music. I like to tell stories, so I need sounds to make these words and emotions flow. You can find either instrumental songs or a verbal storm of hip-hop. It’s hard to describe my music with a single genre because I use musical styles as tools to build songs according to the things I want to transmit. A combination of a crazy variety of instruments from the past and the present that are not usually heard together is my music’s identity.

2. What sort of music did you grow up listening to and how did your upbringing influence your style today?

I grew up listening to Argentinian folklore mostly, but also international music from the ‘80s with strong synths. Through the windows, I listened to the cumbias of the neighborhood. All these sounds mixed together are familiar to me, so they became a huge influence on my style today.

3. Do you play or sample the folkloric instruments in your music? If the latter, about how many instruments can you play, and can you name some of them?

I have a studio at home. I’m currently a little bit of an instrument collector. I have regular instruments and folkloric instruments, such as the andean charango, native flutes, bombo leguero, caja, string instruments and a few whose names I don’t even know. Some I play and record, while some I sample and then use with some kind of controller.

4. While women have been making names for themselves in Argentina’s folktronic scene, the electronic music world remains male-dominated. When you were signed to ZZK Records, for instance, you became their first female producer and second female artist. What’s this like?

It feels good to walk in a man’s path and start to paint the walls in a different color. There are a lot of women opening their hearts and mouths, walking together, opening sensibilities in the way only women know how. WE BRING LIFE, WE SHOW LIFE, but I think in this last decade we are waking up and becoming aware of our power. ZZK Records is a label that I deeply admire, with a high degree of diversity, and a pioneer in sensitive Latin American music, so I’m very proud to be working with them.

5. What are some of the sexist experiences you’ve had, if any, in this industry and how did you/do you deal with it?

Luckily, I haven’t had sexist experiences. I’m very new in the industry

6. What does being maleducada mean to you?

In Spanish, the term “maleducada” combines having bad manners and being “poorly educated” in one word. For me, it is resistance to an older generation for whom the most important values in education are toward others, regardless of personal feelings. I’ve come to vindicate the body and the importance of putting my vision of who I want to be first.

7. Why do you think it’s a term that women, in Argentina and beyond, should reclaim?

If you are a child and you don’t do what your parents want you to do, they call you maleducada. If you don’t smile to people ,they call you maleducada. If you don’t cook for your husband, you are a bad wife. Women have always had a heavy load of stupid gender responsibilities. Whenever you do something, you have to remember not to overlook those gender responsibilities. It’s time to end that nonsense, and then, when all the women are awake, the world will have the change we all need and move toward a more sensitive society.

8. Do you think music can be a tool to disrupt gender norms and inequality in culture? If so, how?

I believe that all types of expression lead to freedom. The opposite of expression is silence. We had many years of silence, there are even cultures in which women cannot speak without the authorization of a man, so it could be music, dance, painting, anything, the important thing is to say what is happening to us. Music has the ability to express in clear, metaphoric, poetic or rough words, and I think that is a very powerful tool.

9. How do you hope people, especially Latina women, feel while listening to your music?

I hope that they feel the curiosity to question themselves, if they are really being themselves, or if they are being what is expected of them. I like it when my music encourages questioning things while dancing and enjoying good music.

10. What are you currently working on that you would like our readers to know about?

I am currently working on my next album and developing new aesthetic concepts for both my show and for a new video that I am about to make. I am also working with a team of musicians, researchers and dancers on a new way of interpreting dance, where the dancers are the ones who create music through devices on their bodies.

Follow García on SoundCloud and Instagram and stay tuned for upcoming concerts in Pittsburgh (June 15),  Chicago (June 16), Los Angeles (June 22), Portland (June 23) or Seattle (June 24).

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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Up Next: Meet Katalina, The Colombian Funny Girl-Turned-Pop Singer You Need To Know

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Up Next: Meet Katalina, The Colombian Funny Girl-Turned-Pop Singer You Need To Know

Up Next is a FIERCE series highlighting rising Latina and Latin American women artists you might not know about but definitely should.

Katalina is used to the spotlight. For years, the colombiana has cultivated an audience of millions on Instagram with her hilarious short videos about relationships and womanhood. But now, the social media influencer-turned-singer is using her mic to explore these themes.

Debuting her first song, “Sacude,” a carefree pop-urban dance jam, last November, the Miami-living entertainer followed up this month with the heartbreaking ballad “Adios” featuring Cuban-American singer JenCarlos Canela, showing her musical versatility.

“With me, there will definitely be both. This is something I think I have been very clear about,” Katalina, 27, told FIERCE. “I feel that music is more free now and you do not have to limit yourself to only one genre. I like challenges and I dislike routine, so you can always expect a mix.”

We chatted with the rising star about her lifelong love of singing, transitioning from social media influencer to music artist, saying goodbye to loved ones and what to expect from the beauty in the months that follow.

FIERCE: Most people who are familiar with Katalina know you as a social media influencer with hilarious videos, but last year you took the leap into music. Why?

Katalina: I have always liked to sing. I come from a very musical and talented family, but we always practiced it as a hobby. A year ago, I gave myself the opportunity to develop it professionally with my manager, Kito Sunshine, and I am totally grateful and in love with this. Music is what I love the most — it frees me.

FIERCE: Was this shift from social media influencer to singer strategic? Did you know you always wanted to sing and saw social media as an avenue to build your popularity and get you there or was this an unexpected but welcomed outcome?

Katalina: Since I was a little girl, I have known that I liked to sing and play the piano. From 9 to 11 years old, I sang in the choir of a church when I lived in Colombia, and for me it was something magical, so I’ve always known it. As far as social media, I entered by accident, but from the first day, I enjoyed the opportunity to reach so many people and show them my musical side as well. It was not a strategy. I did not upload many videos singing, but people motivated me more and more to try to develop music professionally, so I gave myself the opportunity, and, well, here we are.

FIERCE: But you’re not just a pretty girl with a following who is trying to use her fame to dabble in something she has no business doing. You are talented! Still, several social media influencers have attempted to break into music, some like Cardi B and Jenn Morel finding success, but others not so much, oftentimes not because they lack talent but rather because they’re not taken as seriously. What has this transition been like for you?

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Katalina: It is a bit difficult for people to see social influencers in another facet that they are not used to, but, in my case, I always showed them that musical side, so it was not totally a surprise. The same people asked me and the reception was very special. I hope to reach many people with my music.

FIERCE: As you stated, you have been passionate about singing and playing the piano since you were a child. What sort of music did you grow up listening to and how do you think it’s influenced your Latin pop sound today?

Katalina: I grew up listening to a lot of pop and ballads. My mom always listened to this music, so she did influence me a lot. I remember locking myself in my room and practicing these songs all the time. I still do this.

FIERCE: Colombian music is having a major global moment right now. What do you think you bring to the game that’s different and helps you stand out among the rest?

Katalina: Together with my work team we are creating our own seal. Our sounds are different and the vocal arrangements are unique to what we want to project. We are focused on the urban wave but keeping my romantic side.

FIERCE: I can see that for sure! You recently released “Adios,” a ballad featuring Cuban-American artist Jencarlos Canela about saying goodbye to an ex-love with the hope of returning to each other again in the end. This is very relatable because a lot of times during breakups there’s this hope that time away will bring you two back together. Sometimes it’s because the couple really is good for each other, but other times it’s just a matter of costumbre. How do you, Katalina, decipher between the two?

Katalina: Saying goodbye is always going to be difficult, either out of love or habit. I think that if you are with someone just out of habit and not because you love him, it is better to say goodbye definitely. “Adios,” to me, has another meaning. Beyond the circumstances for which you have had to say goodbye to your ex-partner, it is the goodbye that makes your heart hurt. It’s the memories of the shared moments that make you miss a person and want to have them again, that’s “Adios.”.

FIERCE: In the music video, the song took on new meaning. It wasn’t just about an ex but about losing someone you love to death and never being able to be with them again. Why did you all want to dedicate this song and video to those who lost their partners?

Katalina: These are very common situations in all of our lives. The message also has to do with those who have lost a loved one, not just their partner. In my case, I recently lost my grandmother suddenly, who was a mother to me, and, for this reason, I, and many others, can identify with this video.

FIERCE: I’m so sorry to hear that! And I think you’re right. The video really extends to loss outside of romantic relationships. We are in an era of collaborations, especially for Latin music, and in this song, your and Jencarlos’ voices blend very beautifully. Tell me, who are some of your other dream collaborations?

Katalina: I’ve always believed you find strength in unity, so working in a team, to me, is a very wise decision. I have a long list, but I’d want to start with artists like Natti Natasha, Karol G, Becky G, Ivy Queen, Cardi B — these are strong women and great examples of what it means to be an empowering woman. Also, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and others. They are artists with careers worthy of admiration.

FIERCE: I know you’ve been working on a lot of music for this year. What can you tell us is in store for Katalina in 2019?

Katalina: There are incredible songs written by international composers. I will also have my debut as a songwriter in a song that I think people will really identify with.

FIERCE: Can we expect more ballads like “Adios” or more dance songs like “Sacude” or a mix of genres?

Katalina: With me, there will definitely be both. This is something I think I have been very clear about. I feel that music is more free now and you do not have to limit yourself to only one genre. I like challenges and I dislike routine, so you can always expect a mix.

FIERCE: You are so young, at the start of your career, what do you hope people can say about Katalina in 10 to 15 years?

Katalina: My dream is to become an icon in music worldwide. I would love for people to say that I inspired them to fulfill their dreams, that I helped empower other women, that my life has been a great example of triumph. In 10 to 15 years, with the help of God, I will leave my mark throughout the planet.

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