When Latin American music comes to mind, many people think of salsa. While the traditional dance remains popular, there are plenty of other musical styles worth listening to.
One such style is cumbia, which is subject to rival claims from various nations as to who invented it. Perhaps the most convincing comes from Colombia, but the distinctive beat of cumbia can now be heard from Mexico to Chile. Alongside traditional acoustic forms, a new wave of artists such as La Yegros is mixing electronic sounds into cumbia.
Sticking with South America, vallenato is exceedingly popular in coastal areas of Colombia and breeds international stars. A night in a Colombian bar will almost certainly feature vallenato at some point, perhaps by the sadly deceased Diomedes Diaz.
Up in Central America and Mexico, ranchera music is popular. Bands can stretch to 20 members and are heavy on brass instruments, and while the slow, ponderous rhythms aren’t for everyone the music has taken on an almost folkloric quality. Jorge Negrete and Lucia Mendez are two classic artists still listened to by an adoring public.
Reggaeton is a fairly new style of music that has spread like a virus throughout the continent, attracting legions of younger fans. Some of the bigger artists such as Daddy Yankee have also seen success in the U.S. charts, and Puerto Rico is a reggaeton powerhouse that pumps out hit after hit. The music is not without its controversy; however, with multiple countries banning or considering banning it due to misogynistic, violent lyrics.
There are many different ways to consume the news in today’s world. Traditional newspapers have become a thing of the past with more and more people choosing to get news from digital outlets. In the age of technology, the issue that arises is there are so many different websites and news outlets to gather information. It’s difficult at times for consumers to figure out which app or website gives them the information most important or relevant to them.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
South Philadelphia is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods — with attitude to boot. The foodie, Italian neighborhood continues to rise through the ranks as one of the city’s longest-lasting, cuisine-centric locales, but with a lot of new blood moving in.
While it’s unlikely you’d go all the way to Lisbon, Portugal, for just one dish, there’s certainly one bite you must have while you’re there: the egg tart. Pastel de nata (cream pastry) is a national obsession that has become a bucket-list bite for nearly every traveler to the country’s seaside capital. Fortunately for tourists, the city’s most iconic landmark, Belém Tower, is located just across the street and down the shoreline from the city’s undisputed powerhouse of pastel, Pastéis de Bélem. Unfortunately for visitors, the line leading to Pastéis de Bélem’s bakery counter may be the longest line found anywhere in the city, as salivating hordes wait their turn to taste the original, secret recipe invented by the monks of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery in Santa Maria de Bélem, itself an architecture masterpiece that places it at the top of any Lisbon must-list.