Thursday, September 29

Bad Gyal: “What makes a man most uncomfortable is a woman who does not follow a canon”

The worldwide impact of Rosalía’s music is well known, but there is another young Spanish woman who has been touring Europe, Asia and America for the last 4 years in an unprecedented phenomenon: her name is Bad Gyal and she has just established herself in the USA USA as one of the great figures of international dancehall. The Barcelonan went from working in a bakery in Vilasar de Mar to giving concerts in Japan, Germany and the United States, where she performed this week as one of the main attractions of the first edition of the Primavera Sound festival in Los Angeles, in the United States

Boosted by her versatility to adapt to such popular rhythms as ‘dancehall’, reggaeton, ‘dembow’ or ‘trap’ and at only 25 years old, Alba Farelo i Solé, the artist’s real name, has come to the appointment after recording with renowned producers such as Scott Storch, with five platinum discs, one gold disc and up to ten million monthly listeners adding the reproductions of platforms such as YouTube or Spotify.

“My audience around the world is the same: young people who like music to have fun and go out dancing,” Bad Gyal specified in an interview with Efe in Los Angeles.

The reality is that for some time now it has become a factory of musical hits that are repeated over and over again in clubs, especially in Spain and Latin America, to the delight of fans admired for lyrics very focused on empowerment. of women and female sexual freedom.

Part of a new generation of young people now dances to songs like “Flow 2000”, “Su Payita (Gramos)”, “Fiebre” or “Nueva York (Tot*)” on the TikTok social network with enough self-esteem not to be ashamed of their body due to ‘what will they say’ or social conventions. Something that, to a large extent, is thanks to his music.

@akabadgyal #learningchallenge ♬ original sound – Bad Gyal

“I am a woman who expresses herself openly and without fear of being judged, but it has been the rebellious discourse of others previously that has caused that now there are fewer prejudices when talking about certain issues,” explained this artist who He has sung in Spanish, Catalan and English in recent years.

Although there are still many taboo topics for women, even in genres aimed at young audiences, Bad Gyal bets on a groundbreaking message in his compositions. She does not hesitate to talk about girls who use drugs when they go out at parties or about relationships and sexual preferences in a highly explicit tone. “What makes a man most uncomfortable is a woman who does not follow an established canon,” Bad Gyal said, adding that her position, that of “a blonde, white, thin girl,” is “privileged” to deal with these issues. .

His push coincides with that of figures such as the Dominican Tokischa or the Puerto Rican Villano Antillano, who are also shaking up the urban music scene in Spanish with songs that include references to the LGTBIQ+ community and are normalizing diversity among young people. “Two lesbian women who follow the normative beauty prototype are still much more accepted than two ‘queer’ people, black and Dominican,” she criticized.

“They are much braver than me, I assure you,” emphasized the singer, who will soon perform in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

After hanging the sign ‘sold out’ in their concerts in New York and Los Angeles, Bad Gyal is about to close the summer season with a new single, still untitled, that will accompany his successful songs “La Prendo” and “Sexy”.

Meanwhile, Bad Gyal promises to continue making young people around the world dance with irreverent songs “inspired by women who dare to do what they want, even if they are judged for it.”

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