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.

Exclusive: Chocquibtown’s First Stateside Interview After Winning Latin Grammy

Talk about never forgetting where you came from. Last Thursday, hip-hop trio Chocquibtown nabbed a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song for “De Donde Vengo Yo,” a track honoring their hometown of Quibdo on Colombia’s Pacific coast. They celebrated the win by performing the song in front of a packed audience at the awards show, letting everyone know that where they come from “things aren’t easy but we still survive.” We got a chance to talk to female emcee Goyo and here’s what she had to say:


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What Happened in Vegas: The Latin Grammy Awards Take Over Sin City
What Happened in Vegas: The Latin Grammy Awards Take Over Sin City

“My God, what women,” exclaimed Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo at last night’s 11th Annual Latin Grammy presentation after receiving the Person of the Year award from Ricky Martin. And how could he not notice? Held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the show was full of long-legged beauties—dancers, aerialists and acrobats!—from the start.


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Calle 13 Dish on Upcoming Album
EXCLUSIVE: Calle 13 "Said No to Reggaeton" on New Album

Puerto Rican duo Calle 13’s fourth studio album Entren Los Que Quieren drops on November 16th and the countdown is officially on. A mix of genres and sounds, the record tackles a range of topics, including personal freedom, cultural unity and conformity. Latina.com spoke to the usually quiet Eduardo José Martínez (aka Visitante) about the music and his controversial partner in crime. Here’s what he had to say:

What does “Entren Los Que Quieren” mean to you?


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   You know you want it: Pitbull Releases Spanish Language Album
You Know You Want It: Pitbull Releases Spanish Language Album

Armando Christian Pérez, aka Pitbull, made his Spanish language debut today with the eponymous record Armando, which is dedicated to his late father. We caught up with the Cuban American rapper to talk about the record, its rhythms and the mujeres, of course.

Is there any difference between recording and performing in English vs. Spanish?

There’s no difference at all. I grew up with both languages and to me they both feel natural and I love performing both of them.


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Julio Reyes Copello
Exclusive: Julio Reyes Copello Is the Man Behind Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

As a producer and composer, Julio Reyes Copello has worked with some of the most talented voices in the industry, including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin and Thalia. His job is to get singers to give everything they have in the studio. And apparently he’s very good at it. He was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy as Producer of the Year. We got a chance to talk to the Colombiano about his work and here’s what he had to say:


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EXCLUSIVE: Presenting Alex, Jorge y Lena
EXCLUSIVE: Presenting Alex, Jorge y Lena

Spanish pop star Alex Ubago, Colombian singer Jorge Villamizar and Cuban pianist and vocalist Lena Burke have joined forces to create a new musical project built on songwriting prowess and multiple talents called (appropriately enough) Alex, Jorge y Lena. The result is a self-titled debut album packed with 16 skillfully crafted pop songs, each with its own story behind it. We recently caught up with Villamizar to talk about his old trio, Bacilos, and his new project. Here's what he had to say:


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LISTEN: Election Day Gets an Anthem
LISTEN: Election Day Gets an Anthem

R-E-S-P-E-C-T means a lot to multi-culti band Ozomatli, so much so that the U.S. cultural ambassadors released a bilingual song titled “Respeto” encouraging Latinos to stand up and get to the polls during November’s midterm elections. The track is part of the National Council of La Raza’s Vote for Respect campaign, a call-to-action spurred on by the economic crisis and the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino climate plaguing the United States.


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Listen to Shakira’s New Album 'Sale el Sol'

Shakira’s upcoming album, Sale el Sol, drops on November 2 (Sony). If you just can’t wait to hear it, our favorite she-wolf is streaming all 15 tracks on her MySpace page. The record includes an upbeat version of London duo The XX’s “Islands.” And it’s not the first time the Colombian singer infuses new life into another artist’s song.


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EXCLUSIVE: Spain’s Hottest Singer, Buika Heads to the U.S.

Afro-Spanish singer Buika is kicking off a stateside tour this Friday in Chicago and if her last album, El Último Trago is any indication, she’s bound to unleash a torrent of raw emotion that will make you feel completely vulnerable. That’s the effect Buika has on everyone, including her good friend Pedro Almodóvar, who wrote the liner notes in the CD. We recently sat down with the 37-year-old songstress to talk lyrics, love and heartbreak. Here’s what she had to say:    


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EXCLUSIVE: Ivy Queen Drives a 'Machete' Through Her Two Identities
EXCLUSIVE: Ivy Queen Drives a 'Machete' Through Her Two Identities

Ivy Queen is getting ready to let go of her true identity as Martha Ivelisse Pesante for the Machete Music Tour 2010, a multi-act extravaganza that kicks off on October 22 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


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