Charlie y Enrique Win June El Headliner Competition

Every month, Latin music fans nationwide converge on the OurStage Tr3s Latin Music Channel to discover a fresh face in Latin music. June’s winner is merengue urbano duo Charlie y Enrique. Hailing from Stamford, Conn., these guys combine dance and hip-hop with a Latin flavor.  Check out more from Charlie y Enrique on their OurStage profile or in the playlist below!



It Takes Mad Skills To Become El Headliner

Make way for reggaetón’s next superstar. JL MadSkillz is blasting through your stereo by way of the October Tr3s Latin Music Channel on OurStage. JL turned heads with his club-ready hit Si Alguna Vez, which carried him to the No. 3 spot in the channel and landed him the El Headliner title for the month. Take one listen; go ahead, we dare you not to dance.

JL will be promoted this month by Latin media powerhouse Tr3s through exclusive features on Lo Que Te PicaFree Latin MusicBlogamole and Music My Güey, so stay tuned to the OurStage blog and to read the full story. Check out the music video for his winning track and hear more of his tunes in the playlist after the jump.


Press Shuffle: Why Latinos Party Best

If there’s something Latinos are known for, it’s partying. When it comes to letting loose and living a little, nobody comes close. The food, the drinks, the dancing, the people¦ it all just seems so fantastically exotic yet incredibly tangible. In an effort to describe this magical experience for you, we’ve prepared a simple analysis of the typical post-college level party by juxtaposing the main elements of both Anglo and Latino social gatherings. See the difference? Additionally, we’ve provided you with a premier sampling of some of our Latino artists here at OurStage to get you in the mood”you’ll be able to find this and much, much more over at the Tr3s Latin Music Channel.

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1. Attendees:

Anglo “ List only, please. Make sure you RSVP!

Latino “ List only, but it’s OK to bring significant other(s), siblings, close friends,  second cousins, classmates, coworkers, neighbors and pets.


GuacaMusic: Carlo Secreto

Usually, when you hear the word dance and you are thinking about Latin music, you immediately associate it with salsa, merengue, bachata or any of those danceable rhythms that we love so much.

But did you know there is a whole world of amazing dance music in Spanish”the kind of dance music you hear in posh nightclubs”out there?

In this post, we will introduce you to one of the most exciting dance artists on OurStage.

We are talking about Carlo Secreto, a talented artist from the Dominican Republic whose specialty is in combining tropical rhythms with urban and electronic music elements, a formula that really resonates well with the fans.

The fun thing about Carlo is that he first started making music out of curiosity. He used to be fascinated by reggaetón and wanted to find out how those melodies were created. Today, Carlo is well known in the Dominican Republic for his music, and is working along popular artists like T-Rier, Shown Black Monkey Money and DJ Wailer.

One of our favorite songs by Carlo is Te Quema el Sol, a piece that mixes reggaetón, trance, house and other genres to create a true musical explosion that would fit in at any cool nightclub. Play this song at your next bash and you’ll see how it gets everyone in the party mood.



GuacaMusic: Reggaetoneros!

You’ve listened to it, you’ve even danced to it (or attempted to), but do you really know how to sing reggaeton? And most importantly, do you know what those lyrics mean?

From Daddy Yankee to Don Omar, you probably know at least one reggaeton artist. Most likely, you are also familiar with a couple of reggaeton moves (if you don’t, please learn one ASAP by clicking here). However, only a few lucky ones know how to sing this type of urban music, that combines reggae and dancehall with salsa, merengue, latin pop, cumbia, bachata and others.

You don’t necessarily need to be fluent in Spanish to understand a few of the most common reggaeton lyrics. If you are willing to let yourself go and want to learn how to sing”and even write”decent reggaeton, you’ve come to the right place. Here on OurStage, we have some great reggaetoneros, whose lyrics really make you want to get up and sing!


Let’s start with two of the most common themes in reggaeton lyrics: Love and Lust, a.k.a. Amor y Pasión. Any experienced reggaetonero knows that you can never go wrong when using the phrases te amo (I love you) te deseo (I want you) or even the more lonely te extranio (I miss you). Take, for example, Yo Te Quiro by Wisin Y Yandel or Amor En La Pista (Love On The Dance Floor) by Tito Y Soylo, a dynamic duo from Caye, Puerto Rico that has put their own stamp on the world of reggaeton.

Love and lust go hand in hand with another one of reggaeton’s main topics: Women, or better said mujeres. Although some reggaetoneros have been accused of humiliating women in their songs, that isn’t the case with Tito Y Soylo. Play their song Dos Mujeres to empathize with a man who can’t choose between two loves.

In reggaeton world, las mujeres are a big part of la fiesta, another main theme in a lot of its songs. When planning your next social gathering, please do not rule out OurStage hits like El Party by Profecia Feat Fenomeno, or Vamos Pal Party by Kitana.

As a consequence of all that partying and loving, reggaetoneros sometimes get into trouble. Pay close attention to the lyrics in Disen y Comentan (Translation: They say and they comment) by Yohan, a song about a guy fairing death as he is being chased by someone who wants to harm him.

The good thing about learning how to sing reggeaton when you aren’t fluent in Spanish is that one word can be repeated many times. Take the song Siguelo by OurStage artist Funky. Once you learn the word Siguelo (which means “Follow it”) you will be able to at least mumble this song

Got it? Singing reggaeton isn’t as threatening as it seems! Go get your Spanish dictionary if you need more inspiration, but don’t forget many of the songs are highly metaphorical, so choose your words wisely. Enjoy this playlist!

Domino Effect

Talk to the Mano: Domino Saints

Talk to the Mano: Domino Saints

If Domino Saints prove anything, it’s that a lot of sound can come from just a few people. The duo, comprised of singer Giselle Ojeda and percussionist David Leal, infuse their dance music with contemporary trends and vintage textures that span several cultures. Nothing is off limits in this melting pot. Expect anything from time-honored Latin traditions like bomba and plena to island music like reggae and dancehall, old school funk and soul and new school reggaeton.

Domino Saints’ Puerto Rican heritage is never more apparent than in their single, Buenos Dias San Juan, which won a Billboard World Songwriting Contest award and was featured as an iTunes single of the week. The song opens with guitars that nod to Isaac Hayes’ Shaft and a burping horn section that leads into a raw bomba groove. Sung in Spanish, the lyrics may be obscured to Gringos, but the message comes through loud and clear”standing still is not an option. On the subversive, darker funk track Machiavelic, Ojeda sings, I’ve got a plan to take over the world / I’m gonna do it with music. Let’s hope Domino Saints follow though on the threat.