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Decoding Despacito: The History (and Future) of Latin Music

What made the 2019 Grammys different? It was the first time a trio—singing in both English and Spanish—graced the stage. The performances from Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin were a watershed moment. Latin music was mainstream. For Leila Cobo, vice president and Latin industry lead at Billboard, it was long overdue. Decoding Despacito is a singular oral history from the players who have created this vibrant musical lineage. Join Cobo and the Los Angeles Times‘s Suzy Exposito for a listening session and conversation about this dynamic history and insight into the genre’s future.

This program is funded by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund

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March 25


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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