Why Does Becky G Sound Dominican On New Single “Mangú”?
Of course Becky G was going to continue milking her Spanish music. She isn’t a fool. She saw how “Sola” was warmly welcomed by the Latin community and she knew that she couldn’t take long to release a new Spanish track to keep the momentum going, for this was her door to return to the successful side of the business.
Becky G released then “Mangú” on Thursday (Oct. 6) at midnight at all digital music stores, but just a few hours prior, she performed her new Spanish single at the 2016 Latin American Music Awards - held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Aligning the digital release of your new single with a major TV performance? Nice!
If “Sola” had more of a EDM sound, Becky G really wanted to show this time her love for her Latina roots on new single “Mangú”. This one features a festive truly Latin-flavored sound.
The lyrics of “Mangú” are super silly, but beyond that, they are contradictory. Becky G says in the Spanish song that she’s definitely not a “loose” nor a “crazy” American woman, but one of the final scenes in the “Mangú” music video (watch below) sees her dancing on top the bar of a club and not looking particularly “demure”. So... what's up? Also, what the heck was that accent? Since when did she become Dominican? Culture appropriation much? Debate's open!
Anyhow, yeah the lyrics and the singing accent may be quite “bizarre”, but the production on “Mangú” kind of saves the song a bit for me. It’s really infectious.