Ángela Aguilar, the 16-year-old Mexican American singer and daughter of mariachi singer Pepe Aguilar, is honoring beloved Tejana singer Selena with a tribute album, Baila Esta Cumbia. It features seven remixes of the Queen of Cumbia’s most famous songs including “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Amor Prohibido.”
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💜🎤💖“No Me Queda Más ” que contarles que estoy súper emocionada de poder compartir con ustedes mi nuevo proyecto. Es un homenaje y tributo a @selenaqofficial . En mi disco pasado #PrimeroSoyMexicana” tuve la oportunidad de homenajear a las grandes mujeres de la música Mexicana. Este EP lo presento como homenaje y en agradecimiento a Selena. Con admiración a una mujer Mexico/Americana que expresaba su amor por la música y el escenario a través de bailes y canciones junto a su familia. Quisiera poder llevar su música a más niñas que no tuvieron la oportunidad de escucharla. Mi disco #BailaEstaCumbia estará disponible en todas las plataformas digitales el 31 de Enero. #BailaEstaCumbia 💖🎤💜
“I present this album as an homage and in gratitude to Selena. With admiration for a Mexican-American who expressed her love for music and the stage through her music and dancing alongside her family,” Aguilar wrote in an Instagram post.
This is her followup to her debut solo album Primero Soy Mexicana which she worked on with her father and received a Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Latin Grammy nomination and a Grammy nom for Best Regional Mexican Music Album. She’s gained acclaim for her covers of two well-known songs: “La Llorona,” which she performed at the 19th Annual Latin Grammys, and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star is Born. The video has nearly 3 million views and marks her first time recording in English. In Baila Esta Cumbia she also sings in English on “Dreaming of You/I Could Fall in Love.”
She’d been teasing her tribute album with Instagram posts in November 2019 dressed as Selena and promoting her cover of “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” “I would like to be able to take her music to more young girls who never got the opportunity to listen to it,” she wrote on Instagram. The album was released on Jan. 31 and features seven songs. It is available on all music platforms. While no one can come close to Selena, this is just another indication of her legacy and influence in the music industry.