Working at a school and going out every weekend means I’m exposed to a whole variety of music available here in Peru. For this post I have decided to ignore the billboard hits such as Rude and Fancy which the kids enjoy, in favour of the Spanish language music that is also popular here.
Darte un Beso – Prince Royce
This is the first Spanish Language song that I remember hearing and really liking here. I was in the car getting a lift to the lower school with one of the PE teachers, who, incidently happens to be an ex peruvian womens’ football international, and loved this song. She always has great music, but this catchy one stuck in my head – “solo quiero darte un beso”. Prince Royce is actually from the Bronx in New York, born from there from Dominican parents who influenced his Bachata music style.
Propuesta Indecente – Romeo Santos
This song is really popular at the moment and so catchy. I love it. Again it is Bachata, a dominican music style popularised by his former band Aventura. Romeo Santos is a big name on the latin music scene and I can see why.
Bailando -Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
Of course Enrique had to be on this list! Bailando is big over here, obviously bigger than the shared Sean Paul version which was popular at home. The kids love this song and all sing along when it comes on in my art classes. Top work, as ever, from the king of Spanish pop, who has been a huge star all over Latin America since his signing with Fonosa, and American Spanish Language record label in the mid 1990s.
6 am. – J. Balvin ft.Farruko
Another catchy one from Medellin born Columbian singer J. Balvin. Although he say on the Columbian version of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines I’ll let that one slide, in favour of his own Bachata, Champeta, dancehall influenced style. This song’s a cracker, once you listen you’ll be singing it in spanglish for days.
Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
This guy is only the top selling salsa artist of all time – if that’s not top of the pops I don’t know what is. The album on which this track features has gone platinum and Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida World Tour is going to 15 countries across 3 continents.
Limbo – Daddy Yankee
Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee was recommended to me by one of my 13 year old students, while their music taste is often very questionable, you can’t really go wrong with a bit of cheesy reggaeton, especially in South America. (That’s a lie, I think you really can.) This guy still has a bullet in his hip from when he was accidentally hit by an AK-47, while taking a break from recording. Reggaeton is funny, but that’s hardcore.
El Garrote – Nene Malo
These guys are from Argentina and they define their sound as electro-cumbieton. Whatever that is it’s fun to dance to in a club.
Simiolo – Dengue Dengue Dengue
Finally these guys. Lima born and raised, they play all the time here and are kind of a big deal on the electro scene. More niche than the Bachata and reggaeton classics that my students listen to. We were meant to see them last month but they only came on at about 2 am and I was already in bed at home as it was a school night. I’m sure my time will come again to catch the Dengue fever.