Que Boda

•April 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

What a Wedding.

My father has always blasted music around the house because his favorite hobby has been to DJ. My dad, Gustavo Zamora, has been a DJ around the Valley for over 20 years with his company called Magic Sound. He’s been seen at clubs all around town and has also been a DJ for the radio. Here is a video I put together for class. I went with him last weekend to a wedding in Scottsdale. The couple was so nice and they had a huge family that was ready to party.


Se also habla English

•April 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

When did I ever think that all my white friends would be singing along to songs whose lyrics are half in Spanish? Everyone knows about the Macarena and I’ll give you Suavemente or A Dios le Pido because they were a must in Spanish class. Now with mainstream artists like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, they are bringing a different language to the masses.

In my opinion there is always some nifty song that is being played on the radio that is in a different language and to me, it’s a fad that comes and goes. The only difference about the Spanish songs is that they have the staying power and a big enough following from fans that they don’t go away. There is a giant market in the United States for these Spanish songs and Spanish artists.

I was so astounded when I began hearing “La Tortura” by Shakira on the English speaking radio as a regular song on their playlist. I thought that because there are so many Spanish speakers in Arizona, that that was the reason as to why it was on such heavy rotation. Then I started watching the video on MTV, and I knew that I was mistaken. Soon after, Pitbull came out with a Spanglish song called Culo, and that song also became a hit across the U.S.

My friends all looked to me for the translations, “Omar I have no idea what these songs are saying but I love them!”

“Can you understand what they are saying?”
“Can you tell me what it means?”
“Are you sure that’s what it means?”

Yes. Yes. Yes.

There is a new band called The D.E.Y., and they have really encompassed the Spanglish, do what you want, awesome beats experiment down. They are composed of two rappers and a singer, and they rap and sing back and forth in English and Spanish. They said in an interview with MTVtr3s that they never had any form of entertainment that catered to their lifestyles. It was either cut and dry, English or Spanish. They wanted to do something different and unique.

I hope to see more bands like this because the integration of so many cultures is what we’re living in today. Everyone and everything is mixing into a true melting pot. No one is trying to be like one another so much as learning from one another.

Here is a video for The D.E.Y.’s song I Get The Feeling. Followed by the link to their interview given by MTVtr3s.

MTVtr3s Interview with The D.E.Y.

Ideas for Gifts

•April 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Interview about a new business started by a young latina, Sarah Porter. Her business consists of specially designed jewelery. You can get into contact with her and toss out ideas for what you want and she will be happy to help. Check out the interview!

Pictures all by Omar Zamora.


A legacy for everyone

•April 3, 2009 • 3 Comments

Tuesday was the fourteenth year since the death of Tejano Music singer, Selena. Selena Quintanilla Perez had a booming career in the Latin world with numerous hit singles; she had already won a Grammy and was dubbed the Queen of Tejano Music. Her life was cut short when the former manager of her boutiques and president of her fan club, shot her in the back.

I think that when people think of Spanish music, they think of Banda with it’s obnoxious beat (gross), Juanes (because they leraned him in Spanish class), and Selena.

I can honestly not remember one party, quinceañera, wedding or any event that did not play a song by Selena. In fact, each of those events at least played three of her songs. Everyone I know knows about Selena. It’s not even my friends who are Hispanic either. After the movie Selena came out, everybody knew her story. Everyone loves that movie. I love that movie.

Selena had not yet broken into mainstream English music yet, but it was said that she was going to be the first singer to crossover. Still after the movie came out, all of my friends seemed to know her story as well as I did. I remember her English songs being played on MTV and being played on mainstream English radio. Her dream came true.

It’s unbelievable to me that even 14 years after her death, Selena’s legacy is alive and well. Her movie is always on the television, there is always a celebration going on in her name and her music keeps getting played at all the quinceañeras and weddings I go to. We can all share her, no matter if you’re Mexican, White, Black or whatever. Her story is that of a person whose kindness is remembered by everyone, her culture and family is one that represent the Latino community so well.

Here is her English song “Dreaming of You.”

Yo no estoy offended.

•April 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’m not offended.

A couple of weeks ago my dad brought up a story he heard on NPR about a man posting a sign at his business saying “No Yobs Aqui.”

I interviewed my friend Sarah Porter, about the matter and asked her to give me her take on the situation.

Listen to what we had to say.

Here is the story at AzCentral.


Comida with Familia

•March 5, 2009 • 1 Comment
Family is always important in Latino Youth Culture and one of the people that I can relate to the most, is my cousin Xaxiri Pineda. Xaxiri and her fiance Ryan Yamane invited me over to their new home for a nice home cooked meal. Here is a photo story of Xaxiri and Ryan preparing a great meal for their favorite cousin (me). Thanks Xaxiri and Ryan!









All Photos by Omar Zamora

Listen Up

•February 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Scotty at Zia

With how the economy is today it’s no wonder that everyone is trying to save some money. A good place to go to buy some good and cheap Latino Records is at your local used record and CD store. Some people have stopped going out to the movies, or going out to eat but there are some people like me who need entertainment to survive. I am always on the hunt for the best deals on movies and music. Four for $20 movies are one of my favorite things to spend my money on- even when I don’t have money. My friends Scotty and Sarah came with me to our local Zia Records to document our mission to find some cheap music.

sarahandscottyI always find some good treasures whether it be older music or the latest jams. It’s a great place to get gifts and fun little things like air fresheners with clever sayings on them and hackey sacs. Some stuff I have found was Timberiche, the RBD of my parents time. A pop group that I remember listening to all the time when I was a little kid because they are like the NSync and Destiny’s Child mixed together for Mexico.  I bought that for my mom for Christmas and it brought her back to her teens. 

What is good about these shops is that there is a real local feeling and you are also puting money into your own community. These places don’t only have used CDs but they often have used DVDs and Television Shows.

This Zia Records had its own little section for Shakira and we all know how Shakira has had one of the best major cross-overs in the US. Definitely one of the best Latina acts out there.sarahlatinsign

There was no luck today in finding a good CD, but i guess I got to save some more money instead. Other ways that people are saving money is going to used clothes store, dollar stores, and bumming from their parents. I have some friends who frequents Savers. They find some cdcloseupgreat deals and great stuff. It’s not a big deal people, just wash it and it is like good as new.

Here are some of the albums I’ve purchased in the past at Zia, F.Y.E. and Circles: Records and Tapes in down town Phoenix..

Motel by Motel
17 by Motel
Un Dia Mas by Reik
Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo by Calle 13

Here is the song 17 by Motel, they are a great alternative rock band and Rolling Stones called their sophomore album one of the biggest albums of 2008 to anticipate.

All Photos By Omar Zamora