Was just on a road trip with my Mexican husband and he discovered pod casts of a Mexican radio show about the entertainment industry that he's been listening to incessantly! I want to hear some bashata and reggaeton !
I'm not Latin but I love some Latin musical artists, currently into Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Paulina Rubio. There's this club at Velvet lounge every Saturday and Sunday, it's like one big Latin explosion gay dance bar.
A bit too much over analysis and hair splitting for my tastes, especially when he got into Latino, which is when I hit the stop button.
I prefer the simple idea that the people can specify what term they prefer to be referred to with. What I read somewhere is that Hispanic is some word that was made up by non Latinos (i.e., whites) and Latinos prefer the term Latino. Similar to how Asians don't like being referred to as Orientals.
And what accent was that guy speaking with? It sounded like it was Australian, but with something under or behind it. As if he grew up learning Spanish perhaps but early on also learned Australian English.
It can be mildly offensive to be thrown under one big umbrella when you have a very distinct music culture. Brazilians have samba, bossa, axé and other genres which were born there and are wildly popular in the country. Argentina and Uruguay are the birthplace of tango, another distinct music genre and still under the big Latino umbrella.
It's too big of an umbrella to have any meaning unless you have a very usa-centric view of what constitutes mainstream music. I mean, you might as well go ahead and call all non-anglophonic music as "world music".