We haven’t yet talked about the new songs and artists we’ve been exposed to during our journey. Truth be told, we’re not huge fans of most popular Latin American music since most of it is so dance-oriented and we like more mellow stuff. But, there are still a few songs that we can’t help but love! Here’s a sampling of what we hear every day…
First, the #1 song in most of South America right now. We heard this multiple times EVERY DAY in every country, despite the fact that it’s actually a Brazilian Portuguese song! But it is super catchy and fun to sing along to in bars, so it kind of grew on us…
Next, my favorite song. It’s not played too much and when we looked up the video we realized that’s probably because it’s from the ’80s, by some Mexican singer. But it’s still awesome.
A Colombian band we were introduced to by our Couchsurfing host in Medellin. They have a really unique cumbia/rap style, and they apparently played at South by Southwest last year. Takin’ over the world!
And another really popular Brazilian pop song. It’s also super catchy. Funny we learned so many Portuguese songs without even going to Brazil!
This is by no means an exhaustive summary. We haven’t included any traditional indigenous music here; maybe we’ll write about that later. But there you have it, a brief sampler of the songs that are going to stay stuck in our heads for a long time!