Polivision Anniversary Party: Rockeros (Sept. 19th @ The Bakery)

Polivision is celebrating its first anniversary with a party that challenges stereotypes and commercially trendy sounds. Did you know that punk rock might have begun in Lima, Peru, in the 1960s with a band called Los Saicos? There is a rich and hybrid tradition of Latin American rock music (and some Spanish allies) that we will pay tribute to on September 19th, from 8pm-1am at … Continue reading Polivision Anniversary Party: Rockeros (Sept. 19th @ The Bakery)

10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

The genre of reggaeton has often been criticized for its misogynistic and sexist lyrics. Men have held the reins in this genre of music, not only in the charts, but also in the narratives of songs, where men are usually the protagonists, while women are merely sexual objects. However, this narrative has been changing thanks to the rise of female reggaeton artists. These up-and-coming female … Continue reading 10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

Described as a “refreshing shower” by Gilberto Gil, Tropicália was a Brazilian cultural movement of the 1960s, known for its fusion and avant-garde music. A mix of psychedelic rock & pop, bossa nova, samba, and more, the lyrical music was critical of Brazil’s authoritarian regimes and social inequality.  Two of the genres’ central figures, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, advocated against the daily injustices faced … Continue reading 10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

10 Chefs Proving that Latin American Food is More than Tacos and Salsa

In the last decade the popularity of Latin-American food has soared. Traditional Mexican foods and flavors, such as salsas, tortillas, and guacamole, are becoming staples in the American pantry. While the market for Latin American food is growing, a majority of these “Latin” foods are Americanized. In the US, all Latin American countries are often grouped together. However, over recent years Latin American chefs have … Continue reading 10 Chefs Proving that Latin American Food is More than Tacos and Salsa

10 Latin American LGBT Movies You Need to Watch

In Latin America, the LGBT community has faced significant prejudice and violence. Latin American film has represented these conflicts, offering visibility to dissident sexualities. Some iconic examples include Kiss of the Spider Woman (Argentina), Pixote (Brazil), Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Brazil), and Strawberry and Chocolate (Cuba). Since those films were released, new alternative film circuits have been created. Festivals like “Outfest Peru,” “El Ciclo de Cine de la … Continue reading 10 Latin American LGBT Movies You Need to Watch

10 Female MCs that are Changing the Face of Hip Hop in Latin America

Ni Una menos, the grassroots feminist movement, has spread across Latin America since its formation in 2015 in Argentina. While female journalists and academics started the movement, it has grown to include a new wave voices from all walks of Latin American culture. Some of these voices come from female hip hop artists. While hip hop has been a historically male-dominated genre, female MCs in Latin … Continue reading 10 Female MCs that are Changing the Face of Hip Hop in Latin America

10 Legendary Latin American Rock Bands you Need to Know (first part)

Since one of the first proto-punk bands of the world appeared in Peru in the 60s, Latin American rock music has adopted and combined many esthetics, styles, and genres. From entertainment to activism, rock en español rose from an underground counter-culture to the core of popular entertainment. Navigating military dictatorships, authoritarian regimes, conservative societies, defective democracies, socio-political violence and conflicted multi-cultural scenarios, Latin American rock has survived … Continue reading 10 Legendary Latin American Rock Bands you Need to Know (first part)