Amara La Negra came into the scene championing the voices and narrative of Afro-Latinx folks everywhere, specifically in the music industry. Now, the Dominican-American artist is lending her voice to a brand new platform: an animated series centering Black history in the conversation about Latinx music.
Narrated by Amara, the first episode of the series highlights Black Latinx icons such as Afro-Cuban Celia Cruz, Afro-Colombian Joe Arroyo, and Afro-Dominican Anthony Santos who have made significant contributions to the culture as well as the genres and voices that have made way for today’s top hitters like J Balvin, Cardi B, Maluma, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Bomba Estereo and more.
“Reggaeton has produced some of Latin America’s most popular exports, including Ivy Queen, Zion y Lennox, Wisin y Yandel, J Balvin, Calle 13, Maluma, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderon, and so many more,” the “Insecure” singer pointed out.
Footprints joins TIDAL’s other original content catered to the Latinx community, including original video series such as “For The Cultura” and “Moment of Truth” featuring top acts like Nicky Jam, Luis Fonsi, Annita, and more. This content runs in tandem with their flagship playlists FRESCO, ¡Dale! Reggaeton, Los Mero Mero, and more.
While pointing out that Latin America is behind on racial discourse and visibility work in music that needs to be done, the show demonstrates how deeply African influence runs through Latinx culture worldwide. You can check out the video down below.