Over the past decade, Latin music has exploded in popularity in the United States, leading to the fusion of genres from all over the Americas — creating new rhythms, sounds and ideas that have permeated through the American music scene. Due to the importance of Latin music in the ever-expanding music scene in the U.S., Sheesh wanted to highlight five of the many Latinx artists who have been killing it in these new, growing genres. Here are five hispanic artists who have been killing it this year:
jame minogue is a must-highlight because of his uncanny abilities in the indie-pop genre. The Dominican-Irish sensation pays homage to his roots while sonically taking an indie-pop-inspired direction. His recent project, Principe Azul, shows off his incredible talent of being able to switch between Spanish and English with a one-of-a-kind-sound. jame minogue has been a pioneer for Latin artists that want to sing in an off-kilter indie-pop genre.
Letón Pé showcases that consistency pays off. The Dominican R&B and alt-pop singer was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and gained attention in 2019 with her single, “The One.” Her music is authentic, anthemic, and the replay value is through the roof. Her recent EP, La Caleta, is meant for the Billboard charts and a perfect example of a forward-thinking work of art.
Another artist who is breaking barriers of Latin artists is the Dominican born and Bronx based artist, Moreno itf. His recent single, “Berkin,” finds Moreno itf rapping over a New York and U.K. inspired drill beat with boisterous deliveries throughout. His music is refreshing to a somewhat saturated drill scene, and the energy is as pure as it gets.
Ana Mancebo was born and raised in Spain, and the best way I can describe her music is bad ass. She has had a successful year with drops such as “Dile” and my personal favorite, “ENVIDIOSA.” She moved to the United States in 2014 as an exchange student and is currently based in Miami. Her quick success has been a thrill to watch, and I can’t wait to see her blossom into the star I know she will be.
The fifth and final artist who we think is pushing Latin music forward is the Cuban indie-pop singer, Jiubel. He was born to Cuban immigrants and grew up in a Spanish-speaking household which he said encouraged his creative side. It allowed him to embrace who he was and make the kind of music he enjoys which shows in his songs. His music is as catchy as it gets and his recent single, “Scooby Doo,” is one of the better indie-pop songs I have heard this year.