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Bob Kreider

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Feb 12, 2016
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I have a high school Prom coming up with a student population of about 90% Hispanic. I have a pretty good grasp of many Latin artist and music styles. But, there could be a few songs that I may not be fully aware of. For todays popular teen market.

Anyone care to offer some song/artist selection ideas? Latin DJs?

Thanks in advance
 
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Jim Davis

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You could look at Promo Only's current and historic Hit Lists. For some reason they omit the word "Latin" from the genre headings, but it's the ones that say Tropical, Regional, Pop and Caribbean, starting below Country:
Promo Only: #1 DJ Source for Music Downloads and DVDs - (https://www.promoonly.com/hitlist)

To be honest, I don't know how the four different sub-genres are programmed, but I assume Pop would be a safe general bet. Disclaimer - I DJ neither school events nor Latin events, so that's about as helpful as I get on this one.
 
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djdub63

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I have a high school Prom coming up with a student population of about 90% Hispanic. I have a pretty good grasp of many Latin artist and music styles. But, there could be a few songs that I may not be fully aware of. For todays popular teen market.

Anyone care to offer some song/artist selection ideas? Latin DJs?

Thanks in advance
Hi Bob,
Latin music can be very regional, are these Hispanic kids from Mexico, central or South America, or the Caribbean?
 
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scgstuff

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Jun 30, 2017
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Hi Bob,
Latin music can be very regional, are these Hispanic kids from Mexico, central or South America, or the Caribbean?
I had an event that wanted Cumbia. I got a bunch of it (not knowing anything about it.....) and started playing it. First song or 2, they loved, then I cleared the floor. It was a quincenera and the mother of the birthday girl came over and asked if I could turn the song off. Wasn't sure why, so I asked if they didn't want anymore Cumbia. I was told that I was playing Mexican Cumbia and they were Puerto Rican and did not appreciate Mexican music. Ummm....oh crap! I said "Can you come look at the list to see what music you would like?" Had 1 couple come up and ask for a certain song (which I had) so went to the mother and asked. She said "They are from Mexico, you can do this one song, but that is it!"
 
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Handinon

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I had an event that wanted Cumbia. I got a bunch of it (not knowing anything about it.....) and started playing it. First song or 2, they loved, then I cleared the floor. It was a quincenera and the mother of the birthday girl came over and asked if I could turn the song off. Wasn't sure why, so I asked if they didn't want anymore Cumbia. I was told that I was playing Mexican Cumbia and they were Puerto Rican and did not appreciate Mexican music. Ummm....oh crap! I said "Can you come look at the list to see what music you would like?" Had 1 couple come up and ask for a certain song (which I had) so went to the mother and asked. She said "They are from Mexico, you can do this one song, but that is it!"
It's frankly too easy to lump all Spanish music together. Besides the fact that the distance between the highly populated areas of Mexico and Puerto Rico is over 2300 miles, you've got a very heavy German influence in Mexican music - much of it sounds like a Polka - and is more akin to the Tejano, or Tex-Mex music of Texas.

I'm in south east Florida and I'm very careful mixing Puerto Rican Latin music (Salsa) with Cuban Latin music (Timba), even though they are very similar. Why? Because there are people here who really, really, really, did I say really?, hate Castro...and Latinos take it to the grave.
 
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scgstuff

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It's frankly too easy to lump all Spanish music together. Besides the fact that the distance between the highly populated areas of Mexico and Puerto Rico is over 2300 miles, you've got a very heavy German influence in Mexican music - much of it sounds like a Polka - and is more akin to the Tejano, or Tex-Mex music of Texas.
Yeah, pretty familiar with Tejano, but didn't know much about Cumbia. Still don't know enough.

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Bob Kreider

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Feb 12, 2016
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Kennewick WA
Thanks for your input. The prom went very well. Played about 50/50. Hip hop, rap, current top 40 and Spanish. Reggaetón and cumbia. Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Don Omar, Ramon Ayala, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Anuel AA, Maluma, Selena, Kumbia Kings, Camila Cabello, Sofia Reyes, Zapataedo Encabronado to name a few.

Plus this school likes that Spanish line dance , Payao de rodeo

All went well. They scheduled me for their Homecoming dance this fall.