A controversy broke out this Monday in Colombia because J Balvin He was chosen as “Afro-Latin Artist of the Year” at the US African Entertainment Awards (Aeausa) and welcomed the recognition, something that was criticized by colleagues who considered him “misplaced.”
“AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC AWARDS. Gracias”, Balvin wrote on his Instagram account.
Colombian singer Goyo, vocalist and leader of ChocQuibTown, a group recognized for being a precursor of black culture and Pacific rhythms, wrote about the recognition of Balvin on her Twitter account: “If you want to know my opinion: I believe more in the Grammys than in my …”.
Along the same lines, the singer Mabiland manifested herself, who described the singer from Medellín as “Dislocated and appropriating Latino white man.”
“How far are you willing to go to gain recognition? Nea no more! Enough of this my … Someone on your team must tell you to stop now, this is insane, it is good that one can want to go around appropriating me … and hope that nothing happens. What rubbish all this ”, the artist wrote to Balvin on Twitter.
This controversy occurs after the Colombian artist had to apologize last October after criticism for machismo and racism caused by the video clip of “Perra”, in which two black dancers appear as if they were pets and which has already been withdrawn from official channels.
“First I want to offer my apologies to all the people who were offended, especially women and the black community,” The singer then said in a video on his Instagram account.
The video for “Perra”, in which he collaborates with the Dominican Tokischa, provoked even a scolding from his mother, Alba Mery, who assured that this song was not the “Josesito” that she knew.
Likewise, the “Niño de Medellín” was involved in another controversy this year after he called not to attend the Grammys since, as he said, “they do not value us (urban musicians), but they need us.”
Puerto Rican René Pérez, known as Residente, criticized his words as a contempt for new talents who were nominated for the first time and compared his music to “a hot dog cart.”
“Your music is like a hot dog cart, which many people or almost everyone may like. But when these people want to eat well, they go to a restaurant and that restaurant is the one that earns Michelin stars ”, Resident assured.
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