Tokischa along with a group of artists raise the flag of girl power at Billboard conference


A group of urban singers stood out this passed week for the “power of women” and for the “freedom of being able to be” in the midst of an industry dominated by men, which has not infrequently closed its doors to them and makes it difficult for them to succeed.

“We are powerful and we are capable of doing and saying what we want, of succeeding,” defended Miami singer Mariah Angeliq during a round table held today on the second day of Billboard’s Latin Music Week being held at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

Angeliq’s words were in some way the central message of this panel that was moderated by the singer Elena Rose, and that also featured the Argentine Emilia Mermes, who alluded to the “harassment” she has received on social networks “for just fact of being a woman”, critics that implied “a lot of work” to stop “doubting when it comes to going on stage”.

“The change happened because I was able to find myself as an artist, to find that identity that I had been looking for a long time,” added Emilia, who has just offered two sold-out recitals at the Movistar Arena in Buenos Aires.

“For me freedom is being able to be,” said the Dominican rapper Tokischa, who added that a first step towards freedom is self-love, while the Chilean Denise Rosenthal referred to the “very deep journey” and the “pains to live in” to find your own style.

The exponent of the Mexican corridos Lili Zetina offered a powerful testimony about her personal and professional career in a genre dominated by men, a journey in which this single mother of four children and immigrant suffered verbal abuse and was forced to create her own label in order to stand out.

“Many times there was nothing to eat and my achievement now is to be able to feed my children,” said the so-called “patron saint of the corrido,” who said that she grew up on a ranch and did not know how to read until she was 13 years old.

In another panel, Israel Gutiérrez, manager of the Firme group, pointed out that the milestone of performing before some 280,000 people in the Zócalo of Mexico City, a record reached last Sunday, implies discipline and a “long-winded” effort.

“The Firme group stopped being a Mexican group to be a Latin group,” said the representative, who revealed that next year the group will continue its tour in stadiums in Central America, and will also try new places such as Puerto Rico, the cradle of reggaeton.

At his side, his colleague Eric “Duars” Pérez confessed that he saw Rauw Alejandro as an artist who was “hungry for success” from the beginning, while Jorge “Pepo” Ferrada, Camilo’s manager, referred to the ” great tool” that live recitals are.

At another time, rapper Eladio Carrión, who presented a social campaign at this conference, confessed that for a year and a half he has been more careful with his lyrics. “I have a voice, and I have a duty,” he acknowledged.

The Latin Music Week, which takes place within the framework of the Latin Billboard Awards gala, to be held in Miami, brings together artists, producers, experts and members of the entertainment industry, who participate in a series of presentations, panels and round tables.

Its programming also includes special presentations such as the one that Camilo  offered  and Ozuna on last night.

The American Christina Aguilera was expected to offer a special show , but her participation was in doubt due to the weather conditions in Miami related to Hurricane Ian.

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