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Dominican Artist Yendry’s Identity Journey Makes Her Music

Picture Supply: Jamie Parkhurst

Yendry has been on hearth as of late. The artist on the rise, who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to Dominican mother and father and was raised in Italy because the age of 4, has been nonstop since her profession took off in 2019. Her music — which includes all the pieces from afrobeats, reggaeton, and R&B whereas embracing each her Caribbean and European influences — is exactly what makes her stand out from the plenty. Whereas singles like “Barrio” and “Nena” are what put her on the map, prior to now 12 months alone Yendry has launched a sequence of songs — like “You,” “Instinto,” and “Mascarade” in collaboration with artists like J Balvin, reggae legend Damian Marley, and Congolese Belgian singer Lous and the Yakuza — that basically communicate to her vary and musical genius. The most effective half is she’s simply getting began. On Friday, Could 6, the singer-songwriter launched her newest single, “Ki-Ki,” a Dominican dembow-inspired monitor in contrast to the rest she’s put out.

The tune, which was launched together with a music video, is deliberately “a mixture of kinds, cultures, and languages” and Yendry’s reminder to her listeners “to not take issues too critically.” The place does the title come from? “Ki-Ki” is an abbreviation of the phrase “juaniquiqui,” a Dominican slang time period that refers to cash.

“The tune is about how being unbiased and earning money requires arduous work, so more often than not we’re not free to only get pleasure from life, our households, and pals. It is good to make ourselves unavailable with the intention to handle us and have a good time life,” Yendry says in an official press launch for the brand new single. To understand the importance of Yendry releasing a dembow-inspired monitor, it’s worthwhile to perceive the way it all started for the artist. Her expertise with being each Dominican born and raised in Italy would not simply impression her identification and the way she operates on this world, but it surely additionally strongly influences her music. The gorgeous mix of sounds and cultural influences tells her story of juggling two worlds and by no means fairly becoming into one field.

Picture Supply: Jamie Parkhurst

“I used to be born within the Dominican Republic, and I moved after I was 4 years previous. I moved to Italy with my mother, and there I met my Italian father, the one which I name that. My organic father is in New York, and he is Dominican, too. On this manner, I form of grew up with individuals considering that I am half and half. Like, ‘Oh, you are half Italian, half Dominican.’ Nicely, I’m all Dominican however grew up in Italy. However the reality is that I absorbed a lot of the Italian tradition as nicely, residing there,” Yendry tells POPSUGAR. After migrating to Italy from the Dominican Republic, her mother labored arduous to study the Italian language and assimilate to the tradition whereas nonetheless holding onto her Dominican identification. This was difficult for Yendry.

“That is why I discuss identification loads. As a result of for me, it was very arduous to determine how you can establish myself, you already know.”

“That is why I discuss identification loads. As a result of for me, it was very arduous to determine how you can establish myself, you already know. At first, I used to be like, ‘OK, I am Dominican.’ However I used to be in survival mode and needed to be like the opposite youngsters. So for me, it was like, ‘Oh nicely, however I communicate Italian completely. I am Italian,'” she tells us. “I’ve at all times had the Dominican half at residence. We have been nonetheless going to DR — not that a lot however we have been nonetheless going. We have been saving cash to go to the DR to go to household. We nonetheless used to eat Dominican meals, [and] we nonetheless used to hearken to Dominican music — the tradition was nonetheless there. The one downside was that I used to be in a brand new nation and my mother was, too. So it is form of arduous for that form of era to establish themselves, and I struggled a lot. Rising up, I keep in mind at 22 years previous, I felt like one thing was lacking.”

“In Italy, rising up as a youngster, I used to be masking myself loads. I used to decorate tremendous oversize as a result of I did not need individuals to see me because the stereotype — the Latina lady who’s attractive and provocative.”

That identification wrestle impressed Yendry to make a journey to the Dominican Republic on her personal. She wished to discover her roots and uncover who she actually is. “It was wonderful as a result of after I was going to the Dominican Republic earlier than, I used to be only a child, and I used to be simply in my grandma’s home. So I did not actually discover the nation and the tradition, [but exploring it as an adult] was wonderful as a result of it felt like residence,” she says. “There have been loads of issues that I could not perceive about me that I [suddenly] understood after I was within the Dominican Republic. Even how I current myself — my physique. In Italy, rising up as a youngster, I used to be masking myself loads. I used to decorate tremendous oversize as a result of I did not need individuals to see me because the stereotype — the Latina lady who’s attractive and provocative.”

In discovering her personal identification, Yendry discovered herself always having to combat towards the stereotypes of being a Latina residing in Europe. As of late, she attire how she pleases and is fairly unapologetic about it. In reality, Yendry’s private fashion is simply as gravitating as her music. She embraces her pure curls. She’ll put on a hip-hugging costume simply as usually as she would a pair of saggy denims, an oversize plaid shirt, a crop high, and sneakers. It is all about self-expression for her.

Picture Supply: Jamie Parkhurst

“That is why I discuss it loads as a result of I actually need my era to grasp that there’s nothing fallacious with being raised in two completely different international locations and having two completely different cultures and backgrounds,” she provides. “So I discover myself Dominican, however I am additionally Italian as a result of that is residence now.” When Yendry first determined she wished to be a singer, she started singing in English. She did not like the best way she sounded singing in Italian, and he or she did not take into consideration singing in Spanish till she sang Silvia Pérez Cruz’s “Mechita” at a rehearsal — and that is when all of it clicked. It was nearly as if Spanish selected her.

“It was bizarre as a result of there are loads of phrases that I did not even keep in mind I had in my mind, and so they simply got here out. I wrote two or three songs then. I wrote ‘Barrio’ and ‘Nena,’ and it was pure. I by no means favored my voice in Italian. I by no means understood why. After which I began to sing in Spanish, and it was so pure. So I am making an attempt to now make my music Spanish and English as a result of that is what I communicate, and I do not need to have limits within the creation course of,” she says. “I actually wanted to attach with my roots again residence with the intention to current myself to the world. That is how I really feel. Even my curly hair, that is what I characterize and that is what I wished to be represented by, and I did not actually discover loads of music artists representing [that].”

Picture Supply: Jamie Parkhurst

A part of Yendry’s journey to the DR was additionally reconnecting with the sounds of her childhood. She grew up listening to merengue and bachata, and he or she wished to seek out methods to include these rhythms into her music. She wished her viewers to know that Latin music goes nicely past reggaeton. Her numerous musical style in all the pieces, from the Dominican music she grew up with and Caribbean sounds to European influences and her love for artists like Björk and FKA Twigs, is what retains her music contemporary and experimental. She’s at all times seeking to merge completely different worlds and sounds collectively. It is the rationale why her music seems like nobody else’s, and her personal identification journey is prevalent in tracks like “Nena” or her newest, “Ki-Ki.”

By way of future collaborations, Yendry plans on persevering with to shock us. The artists she’s listening to as of late vary from Vicente García to Nathy Peluso. She additionally has desires of finally doing a monitor with Tego Calderón. “I really feel like he is such a press release on the subject of Latin music and even what we name now ‘city.’ It got here from there,” she says. “He is like the daddy of that, and he did it in a manner that different individuals did not. He did it along with his movement and all of the percussions that he used and the best way he was singing. Even the lyrics are nonetheless so completely different. They’re completely different from the rest within the recreation.” What Yendry may not understand but is that for this era of Latinx music listeners, she’s revolutionizing the sport herself. Nobody writes lyrics like hers. Nobody is bringing what she’s bringing to the desk proper now, and we’re pumped to see what else she plans on blessing us with within the close to future. We’re prepared for it.

Yendry’s Connection to Her Multicultural Roots Fuels Her Musical Genius 
initially posted on POPSUGAR Latina

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