Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Do You Know This Man? Alex Pires.

Mmm. Strawberries are my favorite... and unfortunately out of season now.

But the music of
Alexandre Pires is never out of season.

You probably don't know who this singer is. Unless you listen to Spanish-language radio or watch videos on VH-Uno.

From Brazil, Alexandre is one of the hottest voices and singers around, selling over 10 million+ CDs in his very short career. He was discovered by the Gloria Estefan crew in the late 90s, and his career has taken off since. He's big in the U.S., Central and South America, and in Europe. His ballads are sexy, sad tales of love and loss. His dance songs have bridged the poor and middle classes together, taking the infamous "pagode" from the back alleys to the VIP rooms of the hottest clubs.

The history and connection of Africans in Central and South America is pretty huge.
A brief history I found here. Another here. And as hard as it might be to believe (well, because we don't get taught in public schools or in the mainstream media in the U.S.), there are more people of African ancestry in Central and South America than there are in the United States. And they're speaking Spanish, Portugese, and many other languages... while in the U.S., we're still kinda stuck on that English-only thing in many places. Our lives and histories are connected in many ways... ways that should make the black/brown divide-and-conquer wars, well... history. Or at least explored through constructive dialogue with our communities.

And definetely explored in writing, academic studies, commentaries, and in the news. Music, especially the whole reggaeton movement, definitely connects younger communities of color. Kinda explains the popularity of the
new Latino 96.3 in Los Angeles.

And that's Alexandre Pires for you... someone you may want to add to your arsenal of music and pop culture today!


~^^~Elsie~^^~ said...

Thanx for posting about him. Well he looks hott; I'll definitely check out his music. Yes, I too love the blending of cultures in Latin America, more so than here because people seem to have better attitudes and fewer prejudices. I love Tego Calderon, you like his reggaeton?

Music does bring people together when they share a common interest in it. I know how wonderful it feels to jam to the same music or have someone recongize one of the artists in my computer or my CD case; I listen to all kinds. Mainstream media does in fact have a narrowed "vision" about what music is there; there are so many different genres out there!

Kenyon Farrow said...

I don't know him. But I'd sure like to! ;-)