Music is the fuel for celebration, for motivation and for inspiration. From dancing and singing along to fellowship and camaraderie, it is the soundtrack to our lives.
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and honor the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American culture and history, we wanted to know what songs and artists spoke to members of our Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement (HOLA) Business Resource Group.
Check out HOLA’s epic Spotify playlist, Orgullo Latino, featuring an all-encompassing mix of musicians from across Latin music, from legends like Celia Cruz and Selena to recent breakout stars Bad Bunny, J Balvin and more. Each featured song holds a special meaning to each HOLA member – read on to find out who chose which song and why.
Sabor a Mí by Eydie Gormé y Los Panchos
I submitted Sabor a Mi specifically by Eydie Gormé y Los Panchos because it brings back my favorite childhood memories. My family would take road trips every summer and during the drive at night, I can remember my parents singing this song while we were in the back sleeping. They would go through a whole playlist, but this one was the song I remember most.
Prenda Querida by Los Cadetes de Linares
As a child, weekends were spent with my uncles, aunts and cousins running around our house. One of the things we could count on, outside of freshly made tortillas and food, was my father picking up the accordion, my uncle grabbing the guitar, and them both harmonizing to norteños (Regional Mexican music). After singing a few songs, my mother and her angelic voice would join in to show them how it's done. This song takes me back to those times and keeps me connected with my culture in more ways than one.
Si Te Vas by Marc Anthony
I chose this song because it makes me think of my mom dancing and being joyful at our Puerto Rican family events.
Me Voy a Pinar Del Rio by Celia Cruz
This song was written about my father's hometown in Cuba. It speaks to the town's beauty, culture, and people.
Querida by Juan Gabriel
This song reminds me of my mother who always had it on her playlist while she cleaned around the house. It also reminds me of family gatherings as well – Latinos love their family parties, and this was always on the playlist.
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