The renowned New York singer of Dominican origin, Jessica Medina, surprises us with a very special project launch. Her “TRIBUTE TO SELENA” medley contains the songs “Como La Flor”, “Amor Prohibido” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” with the participation of several female artists such as Nora Gonzalez, Carmen Ruiz, Julie Acosta (Flor de Toloache), Nancy Sánchez, Mai-Elka Prado, Jackie Coleman, Stephanie Bergara (Bidi Bidi Bom Bom) and Olympia Tril.
“I first discovered Selena when I was about 15 years old. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household in New York, I remember seeing her interviews on Spanish TV shows such as Sábado Gigante, Cristina, and Siempre en Domingo. I was impressed with her spins when she danced, her infectious laugh, and the quality and projection she had in her voice. What impacted me the most was her representation of girls like me, who represent both Spanish and American culture. She redefined “Latinidad” by embracing our brown skin and curves. Celebrating Latin women on TV”.
As Jessica Medina observed Selena’s musical trajectory, she learned the importance of embracing her Latin culture, music, and language even though Selena dreamt of singing in English. Selena taught us to not be afraid of making mistakes, as the audience truly values genuinity and singing from the heart.
Selena would have turned 50 this year. This, and the release of the new series honoring her on Netflix, stirred up many emotions in Jessica, including a deep desire to honor her from the viewpoint of other women she inspired. She reached out to several women musicians that she admires and they each responded with the same enthusiasm that we present this medley.
Jessica Medina y Amigas featuring Nora Gonzalez, Carmen Ruiz, Julie Acosta (Flor de Toloache), Nancy Sanchez, Mai-Elka Prado, Jackie Coleman, Stephanie Bergara (Bidi Bidi Banda) y Olympia Tril. Track and music video available now.
“This is the first time I embark on the musical styles of Mariachi and Cumbia. However, with the support of my “Amigas” and the arrangements and production by David Pena, I’m sure you will enjoy it. I believe that Series and Tributes such as these are instrumental in preserving her legacy and celebrating Latina women as role models for generations to come” says Medina.
Jessica Medina continues to break down barriers that the music industry imposes by utilizing bilingual lyrics in most of her works. Jessica Medina has been chosen by major music outlets like NPR and KPFK as a new talent that is not to be missed.