Founded in 2020, Cultura is Universal Music Group’s first Latinx/Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) based in Los Angeles, but representing Latinx/Hispanic employees globally and across all labels and business units. Cultura celebrates diversity and unity by promoting cultural awareness, supporting Latinx/Hispanic communities, and empowering current and future Latinx/Hispanic leaders at UMG. The group strives to implement impactful change in key areas of its members’ career development through initiatives focused on community building, mentorship, and advancement.
Founded in 2020, Cultura is UMG’s first Latinx/Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) based in Los Angeles, but representing Latinx/Hispanic employees globally and across all labels and business units. Cultura celebrates diversity and unity by promoting cultural awareness, supporting Latinx/Hispanic communities, and empowering current and future Latinx/Hispanic leaders at UMG. The group strives to implement impactful change in key areas of its members’ career development through initiatives focused on community building, mentorship and advancement.
'Timbiriche' symbolizes and represents a whole generation that grew up with the idea that life is better singing ("La Vida Es Mejor Cantando") and that if it is not now, it will be tomorrow, like music to your ear ("Si No Es Ahora, Sera Mañana, Como La Musica En El Oido"). Timbiriche is a reference of and for a generation that grew up with them singing, dancing, studying, and enjoying one of the best stages of our lives, and 'El Concierto' summarizes that growth path. When they sing "México" from the album, you can see tears of joy in more than one person.
Submitted by: Julio del Rio
'#ElDisco' gathers a collection of nine new compositions, varied songs connected by Sanz's art and voice - indisputably one of the most personal and recognizable of the Latin American music scene in the last 30 years. It is a work that arouses fascination from the first listen. Its undoubted beauty offers space for intimate bursts ("Yo No Tengo Nada"), atmospheres of stark depth ("El Trato," "Los lugares"), cuts of luminous pop ("Mi Persona Favorita"), or unleashed Latin fusion ("Back in the City," "Te canto un son").
Submitted by: Angel Kaminsky
Like the name indicates, this album is a soundtrack of Banda Sonora of entire generations. There is not one song I don't know from beginning to end. My brothers and I grew up laughing, crying, falling in love, and we reveal with each and every one of these themes in the songs.
Submitted by: Carolina Rosas
Amar Y Vivir
La Santa Cecillia
Home-grown Angelinos take extra pride when one of our own rises to the top. La Santa Cecilia's live album 'Amar Y Vivir' is a celebration that East LA has reach and influence in that larger culture. "Zacatecas to Minnesota, from Oaxaca to Nueva York!"
Submitted by: Andy Solano
In the Heights - O.S.T.
I grew up in the Washington Heights / Inwood neighborhood and lived there for over 30 years, so 'In The Heights' holds a special place in my heart. I remember seeing the musical on Broadway and feeling a sense of pride because I was able to see my community presented in such a beautiful way. Lin Manuel Miranda was able to perfectly capture the spirit of such a lively and loving community through the music presented on the soundtrack by incorporating elements of hip hop, reggaeton, salsa, merengue, and boleros–– which are all so deeply intertwined with this neighborhood and Latin culture overall.
Submitted by: Melissa Bernal Perez
Mas Flow Los Benjamins
This album defined my junior year of high school! I remember when this album came out and how everyone was so excited about this "new" reggaeton sound. Almost every track was played at our homecoming! Now every time I listen to it, I reminisce about those days.
Submitted by: Jenny Saravia
Antes De Ti
Mon Laferte has been able to blend the vibe of the '90s alternative rock of my youth with the music of my cultural heritage in a way that is both fresh and exciting. This, coupled with representing herself as a strong, confident woman, has empowered me to embrace both my Latin and American sides. VIVA LA MUJER!
Submitted by: Luz Down
Paraiso Road Gang
My dad is from Panama, and Ruben Blades was played constantly in my house growing up! We have been to numerous concerts of his over the years and are planning to see him live next month. I will pass on the tradition and share his music with my kids.
Submitted by: Vanessa Cordoba
Arturo Sandoval's 'Ultimate Duets' is truly a work of art. Most of the songs are new recordings of old songs; however, in working on this project, Pharrell was so inspired that he produced a track titled "Arturo Sandoval," adding his essence to Arturo's style alongside Ariana Grande. This album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Josh Groban, Al Jarreau, Plácido Domingo, Juan Luis Guerra, Celia Cruz, Alejandro Sanz, and more.
Submitted by: Armando Rodriguez
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia’s self-titled and first all-English album was something special to see as a long-time fan. Watching them bring audiences together from both sides of the border throughout their career has been very refreshing as someone who grew up listening to both Mexican and American music. This album shows how a little band from East LA can conquer various music genres and reach new English-speaking fans along the way.
Submitted by: Daniel Rojas