Los Angeles (USA), September 19 (EFE).- The global impact of Rosalía’s music is well known, but there is another young Spaniard who has been touring Europe, Asia and America for 4 years in an unprecedented phenomenon: his His name is Bad Gyal and has just established himself in the USA as one of the great figures of international dancehall.
With a stage name that means bad girl in Spanish, this Barcelona native went from working in a bakery in Vilasar de Mar (Spain) to performing 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 (USA).
Boosted by her versatility to adapt to rhythms as popular as ‘dancehall’, reggaeton, ‘dembow’ or ‘trap’ and at only 25 years old, Alba Farelo i Solé, the artist’s real name, came to the rendezvous you after recording with producers like Scott Storch, with five platinum discs, a gold disc and up to ten million monthly listeners by 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,” said Bad Gyal in an interview with Efe in Los Angeles.
The reality is that for some time it has become a factory of musical hits that are repeated again and again in clubs, especially in Spain and Latin America, to the delight of fans admired for lyrics very focused on the empowerment of women and women. sexual freedom.
Part of a new generation of young people are now dancing to songs like “Flow 2000”, “Su Payita (Gramos)”, “Fiebre” or “Nueva York (Tot*)” on the social network TikTok with enough esteem so as not to be ashamed of their bodies due to “what will they say” or social conventions. Something that, to a large extent, is due to his music.
“I am a woman who expresses herself openly and without fear of being judged, but it was the rebellious speech of others before that made that now there is less prejudice when talking about certain subjects”, explained this artist who has sung in Spanish, Catalan and English in recent years.
Although there are still many taboo subjects for women, even in genres aimed at young audiences, Bad Gyal bets on an innovative message in his compositions, in which he does not hesitate to talk about girls who use drugs when they go out to party or relationships and sexual preferences in a very explicit tone.
“What makes a man most uncomfortable is a woman who doesn’t follow an established canon,” Bad Gyal said, adding that her position as a “thin, white, blonde girl” , is “privileged” to deal with these problems.
His push coincides with that of personalities 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 normalize 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,” the star criticized.
“They are much braver than me, I assure you,” said the singer, who will soon perform in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.
After hanging up the “no tickets” sign at their gigs in New York and Los Angeles, Bad Gyal is set to close out the summer season with a new, as yet untitled, single that will accompany his hits “La Prendo” and ” Sexy”.
Meanwhile, Bad Gyal promises to keep young people everywhere dancing with irreverent songs “inspired by women who dare to do what they want, even when judged for it”.
Edited by Juan K Ochoa