Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Listen: Calle 13's Controversial Collaboration with Mars Volta Frontman Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Boricua duo Calle 13 is putting the finishing touches on their upcoming fourth album, Detonacion C 13, which is expected to drop like a bomb in October.


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Bromance Blooms Between Juan Luis Guerra and Enrique Iglesias

Looks like Enrique Iglesias left a big impression on Dominican crooner Juan Luis Guerra when the pair collaborated on the bachata hit “Cuando Me Enamoro” off of the Spanish singer’s latest album Euforia (out now on Universal Latin).

“I really enjoyed working with Enrique. He has a great sense of humor,” Guerra told Latina.com. “He’s always making really clever jokes; you have to pay attention. He’s really smart.”


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Cuban Rapper Yotuel Romero's New Punk Sound

The Orishas may be no more, but Cuban rapper Yotuel Romero is now performing with a new band and a new sound called Afro Cuban Punk. Here, he tells us all about it:


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Cuban Rapper Yotuel Romero On the End of the Orishas: "We Had a Good Time"

The bad news: Cuban hip-hop group Orishas isn’t reuniting any time soon. The trio called it quits last year at the Juanes-organized Paz Sin Fronteras concert in Havana, where they sang their mega-hit “A lo Cubano” live for the very last time. The good news: The group’s vocalist, Yotuel Romero, has reinvented himself with the solo project Afro Cuban Punk.


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The Most Dangerous Job in the World: Grupero Singer

On June 26, Mexican crooner Sergio Vega, known as “El Shaka,” was gunned down in Sinaloa state, just hours before dismissing rumors that he had already been killed.


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La Bien Querida Makes Her U.S. Debut

Fresh off a tour with Julieta Venegas, Spanish singer Ana Fernandez Villarde, aka La Bien Querida, is ready to make her New York (and U.S.) debut tonight at the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Her first album, Romancero (Nacional Records), is a collection of romantic pop songs that is sure to have revelers swooning in the summer heat. We spoke to the multi-talented artist a few days before she hit the stage:


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Q&A: The Pinker Tones Head to Latin Alternative Music Conference with a New Album

Next year, it’ll be a decade since Barcelona DJ duo the Pinker Tones first introduced us to their danceable electronica beats. In preparation for this anniversary, Professor Manso and Mister Furia, as the pair is individually known, have challenged themselves with Modular (Nacional Records). We spoke to Mister Furia as he packed his bags for this week’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, which kicks off today. Here’s what he had to say:


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Kat DeLuna Tells What She Loves About Akon

Dominicana Kat DeLuna is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album Inside Out, slated for release this fall. The video for the first single, “Push Push,” features Akon and shows the 22-year-old songbird all glammed up. We asked Kat what it was like to work with Akon and how she connected with Project Runway's Christian Siriano, who styled "Push Push."


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Kat DeLuna on Her New Album: "I Stripped Myself Emotionally"

It’s been three years since Dominican pop star Kat DeLuna whined her way into our lives with the 2007 hit “Whine Up” from the debut album 9 Lives and now she’s finally back with a new, more “risqué” look as she puts the finishing touches on her upcoming CD Inside Out (GMB/Universal Motown).  Here's what Kat had to say about the project:

What have you been doing since your first album, 9 Lives?


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Golden Goal: Pitbull Scores with Latest Collaboration

Is there anyone Pitbull won’t duet with? Mr. 305's latest collaboration is with an animated 16-year-old leopard with green hair named Zakumi. Zakumi is the official mascot of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the Cuban-American rapper is joining him, as well as South African group TKZee and British producer Dario G, on the song “Game On.”


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