Is J Balvin’s Mi Gente the new Despacito?

5 (764 x 430)Earlier this summer, Luis Fonsi’s Despacito became the most-streamed song of all time – an incredible feat for a record that’s predominantly in Spanish, reports BBC
But it increasingly looks like it won’t be a one-off. Another Latin American song, Mi Gente, has replaced Despacito at the top of Spotify’s Global Top 50. Here in the UK, it’s just broken into the top 20. “It’s amazing. It’s such a blessing,” says singer J Balvin, the Colombian artist who’s behind the song. Already a huge star in South America, Balvin has been credited with revitalising reggaeton – a hip-hop-infused blend of reggae and rap that originated in Puerto Rico in the late 1990s. Over the course of four albums, he’s taken the genre once called “reggae en Espanol” and infused it with African, electronic and Caribbean flavours. More importantly, his lyrics trade reggaeton’s gritty, underground roots for a more universal, romantic narrative. “Mi música no discrimina a nadie,” he sings in Mi Gente, meaning “my music doesn’t discriminate against anybody”. “Exactly!” says the star, when we reference the lyric. “I’m Latino but I don’t do music for Latinos. My music is for everybody in the world. “Music has to be a tool to unite people, to get people together. It doesn’t matter the race, the language, the culture. So that’s what I’m saying when I sing that line.”


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