Miami's Cultural Mix
Miami is a hub for Latin music and cultural fusion, championed by artists like Pitbull. Watch LATIN MUSIC USA Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings).
I used Wilfredo Vargas' "El Africano,"
which we all grew up on, which is:
♪Mami, el negro esta rabioso, el quiere tu azúcar ♪
I put that on a house beat; techno beat.
One of the biggest records in the country.
♪...rabioso, el quiere tu azucar y tu no se lo das ♪
♪Esa morena esta sabrosa y cuando tu la tocas... ♪
The world is shrinking, so people are far more open
to all kinds of sounds, and you see the fusion everywhere.
PITBULL: ♪ ...y tu no se lo das
COBO: You see a lot of traditional Caribbean beats
married to urban and hip-hop beats.
You see traditional sounds like Mexican trumpets
married to pop or married to a kind of
more progressive alternative music.
Nobody will raise an eyebrow at any mix of rhythms.
SMITS: Born and raised in Miami,
Pitbull represents what he calls "305"-- Miami's area code--
a cultural mix from every corner
of Latin America and the Caribbean.
PITBULL: Statistically, we're growing in such numbers--
and it's not like we are just Latinos.
First generation, second generation, third generation--
a lot of them don't even speak Spanish no more,
but they're proud to be from where their parents are from,
the country that they represent.
These third-, fourth-generation Latins
are really embracing the fact that they're Latin,
are very eager to learn more about their culture,
and I also think the mainstream,
more than ever, is open to things Latin.
It's not seen as something as foreign as it used to be.