Even though I’ve been writing about a lot of “Latina powerhouses” lately, it doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten the Hispanic men who are heroes because of what they stand for.
Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Tito “El Bambino” (whose real name is Efraín David Fines Nevares) is not afraid to stand up for his own values. Although I have not found any direct links to specific organizations yet, according to Tito’s official Web site, he feels compelled to speak out against drug abuse, the use of weapons, and violence. (Here is his Web site; it’s in Spanish.)
Tito is involved with several public service organizations. This past March, he teamed up with many artists recruited by Emilio Estefan to record a Spanish version of “We Are the World.” The recording, which was a collaboration between Univision Communications, Inc. and and the We Are The World Foundation, raised funds and much-needed awareness for the plight of Haiti after it suffered a terrible earthquake on Jan. 12.
He is unique as an artist in his genre, a style of music that is often stereotyped as being degrading to women or about sex or violence. In spite of this negative stigma, Tito happily continues making his music, while staying firmly attached to his Christian roots. While many of his contemporaries sing of war and hate, he sings of love.
With lyrics such as “God created us equal” and “The glory is Yours,” his is a great compromise between songs about booty calls and the contemporary Christian genre which may not be appreciated by all, what with its very mainstream sound.
What’s more, he gives people hope through his music, and also through his actions. Above all, his demeanor during interviews speaks volumes about his humility as a person.
Of course, with all of the Latinos I write to, one of the main points in my letters will be the particularly high incidence of spina bifida in the Latino community. I think this is the most sobering statistic for many people. (It certainly was for me.)
And who knows? Tito “El Bambino” is a rebel with a cause or two– so maybe, he’ll write a song about it.
Dios Te Bendiga,