Fuerza Femenina: Latin Women 2013
by Judy Cantor-Navas | May 17, 2013
To listen to these songs from a growing list of bold Latina artists is to know who really has the cojones in Latin music today. While female artists continue to be underrepresented on the Latin charts and at the awards shows, their need to be heard has fueled an independent spirit spreading through all styles. Among those hermanas doing it for themselves is América Sierra, the singer and composer steering the galloping beats of Mexican tribal leaders 3BallMTY, who takes the reins with her first solo album. Kat Dahlia emerges with burning bilingual rhymes from the streets of Miami. La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia lends a voice that can't be ignored to the cause of immigration rights, and Leslie Grace sweetens up the sound of urban bachata. They join established artists like tropical icon Olga Tañon, Spanish bolero queen Luz Casal, Julieta Venegas (who's back with her knowing take on alternative pop), and the late Jenni Rivera, whose music continues to rule in the macho domain of regional Mexican. If you've ever wondered where the girls are, this listening session will put you in touch with the latest from Latin music's feminine side.