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.

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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Gilberto Santa Rosa Has a Fresh Face and Album

Known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa), Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa  has been lauded for his improvisational skill on the mic ever since he started in the mid-‘80s. Fast forward twenty-plus years later and the suave crooner is still showcasing his lyrical dexterity, and nowadays he’s doing it without his trademark mustache. Yes, he shaved off the Tom Selleck–like 'stash for his upcoming 25th album, Irrepetible (out June 29; Sony Records).

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Salsa Princess India Finds Love

Christened the “Princess of Salsa” by the late great Celia Cruz in the 1990s, Puerto Rican songstress India has a new title, the “Queen of Latin Soul.” And if you’re wondering how she earned it, have a listen to her ninth album, Unica, a collection of bilingual tunes that hit all the right notes. She’s even remade (and salsa-fied) soulful classics like Teddy Pendergrass’ “Turn Off the Lights” for an equally steamy version. I had a chat with the 41-year-old singer about life, love and making music.

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Belinda Debuts New Video "Egoista" Featuring Pitbull

The Mexican press can’t stop talking about pop star Belinda’s extra thin physique these days, even going so far as to suggest that the 20-year-old has an eating disorder despite her repeated claims that the weight loss is due to being overworked.

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Tijuana Singer Ceci Bastida Tours with Lilith Fair

Lilith Fair—the tour that celebrates women in music—is back after an 11-year hiatus! Performances kick off on June 27 in Calgary, Alberta, and Ceci Bastida, one of our favorite up-and-coming Mexican singer-songwriters, is among the 80-plus acts on the bill. She’ll perform on August 10 and 11 in Florida and August 12 in Alabama.

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Q&A: Julieta Venegas Finds Inspiration in Everything!

Mexican singer Julieta Venegas just wrapped up a tour in support of her latest album, Otra Cosa (Sony), released in March, and is now awaiting the birth of her first baby. I had a chance to talk to the multi-talented Tijuana native a while ago for a profile in the June/July issue of Latina (it’s out now, so go get it!). Here’s a condensed version of our conversation:

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Juan Luis Guerra Is Back & Better Than Ever!

Chances are bachata king Juan Luis Guerra has provided the soundtrack for more than one of your romantic interludes. caught up with the Dominican crooner, who has a new album out entitled A Son de Guerra (EMI) that is sure to make you swoon some more.

Do you have a favorite song on A Son de Guerra?
Every song plays a different role. I’m happy with the whole thing.
We love “La Calle,” which you made with Juanes.

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Latin Artists Join the Sound Strike in Protest of New Arizona Laws

Los Tigres del Norte, Juanes, Calle 13, Café Tacuba, Cypress Hill and Ozomatli are just some of the growing number of Latino musicians boycotting Arizona in protest of the state’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070). The new law goes into effect on July 31st of this year and requires police officers to stop anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.

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Introducing Venezuelan Twosome Jóvenes y Sexys

Jóvenes y Sexys is a Caracas-based sweet lo-fi pop band formed by Venezuelan duo Lorena Orlando (“Loocila”) and Ezequiel Bertho (“Cheky) in 2007. The twosome  made it into Latina’s roundup of “The Best Latin Music You Don’t Know,” featured in the June/July 2010 issue of the magazine, because of their lovely tunes and irresistible ways. They’re currently working on a remix of their first EP Bruno. Here’s an introduction:

How would you describe your sound?

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Marc Anthony Presents "Iconos"

Marc Anthony pays tribute to his favorite old-school Latin singers in his eleventh album Iconos, released this week on Sony. The collection of Spanish-language covers features ballads originally sung by the likes of Juan Gabriel, José José, José Luis Perales and Roberto Carlos. In other words, this is one of those records that both you and your mom will enjoy.  

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