5 Latina Songs you Need to Listen to now

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Jan 28, 2016 05:30 AM EST

Celebrate Latina beauty and womanhood with these five Latina songs.

1.    'La Nega Tiene Tumbao' by Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz broke several boundaries during her time. About Entertainment says she was the first female singer to bring interest into salsa.

Cruz was one of the first female talents under the Fania label. Her reputation and fame lived on even after her label closed down in 1964.

Just two years before she passed away in 2003, the Cuban artist released "La Negra Tiene Tumbao." Latina says the catchy song became the top Afro-Latina single for the year.

According to Cosmopolitan, the popular tune sings praises to the beauty of Afro-Latinas.

2.    'Buenos Amigos' by Selena with Alvaro Torres

Latina Entertainment describes Selena Quintanilla as a young talented Tejano singer. Born in Texas, she started singing at the age of nine.

In 1993, she won her first Grammy for the album "Selena Live!" Her last album "Dreaming of You" landed at the top spot on Billboard's Hot 200 charts.

"Buenos Amigos," a single from the album "Nada Se Compara Contigo" tells the story of unrequited love with Alvaro Torres taking on the role of Selena's good friend.  As stated by Cosmopolitan, Torres expresses his love for Selena with the Tejana snubbing his affections.

3.    'Precious' by Esperanza Spalding

The 31-year-old singer and jazz musician has won three Grammy awards including "Best New Artist" in 2010. In 2015, she paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Wayne Shorter.

From her 2008 album entitled "Esperanza" is her sultry single "Precious."  Latina says the song reveals her unconformist side and how she does not agree on other people's standards of beauty.

4.    'La Tirana' by Bia

According to Cosmopolitan Entertainment reports, Bia Landrau first appeared in 2014 as a contestant on Oxygen's TV show "Sisterhood of Hip Hop." She was later signed to Pharell Williams' record label 'i am OTHER.'

The African-American-Puerto Rican uses her music to describe her experiences growing up in Boston. Artists that have helped influence her music include Jay-Z, Ivy Queen and Selena among others.

Latina says her hit single "La Tirana" celebrates her unique personality without any apologies.

5.    'Negrita' by Nitty Scott, MC

At the tender age of 24, Nitty Scott, MC already has her own tour, appeared in a Sprite commercial and performed at the BET hip-hop awards. She uses her music and lyrics to poetically engage listeners to subjects such as feminism, sexual abuse and even mental health.

One of her first singles is "Negrita" which is "about celebrating and embracing my intersectional identities and me being Afro-Latina."

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