It’s Carnaval season here in San Francisco! From May 28th-29th, the largest multicultural celebration will be taking place in SF’s Mission District, which is the epicenter of the bay area’s Latino life and culture. Carnival’s intent is to promote cross-cultural relationships, showcase San Francisco’s diversity, and above all, unite people with music, dance, and art.
Latino music, particularly, is something that I consider to have a lasting impact on my life. It’s what was always was playing in the car, at home, and of course at parties and celebrations for as long as I can remember. I didn’t really grow up listening to American chart toppers from the ’90s and 2000s; instead, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton, and Latino rock & pop were genres that defined my childhood. It’s amazing being older and listening to the CDs my mom made me as a kid and getting a good ol’ blast of nostalgia.
So, I made a playlist titled Raízes, not only to look back at what songs I considered FUEGO as a child, but also to offer insight on iconic songs in Latino pop culture that define my generation.
For anyone who’s interested in the Mission, going to Carnaval, or just simply interested in Latin American culture, give this playlist a listen!