Queer Dominican singer-songwriter Rita Indiana is celebrating Pride month with “Miedo,” a new reggaeton track with which she pays homage to the LGBTT community.
“For the LGBTT community, fear (miedo) is something to be conquered every day, fear of violence, rejection and injustice,” she tells Billboard. “This song is for my community, for whom love has always been a heroic trait.“
Known for poignant lyrics that often tackle topics like queerness, non-conforming sexuality and class, the also author of the Spanish novel Papi and Tentacle, was recently signed by Warner Chappell Music.
“Rita is an artist that fearlessly speaks her mind and tackles critical issues impacting society head on through her writing,” says Lazaro Hernandez, Warner Chappell Music’s vp, a&r, U.S. & Latin America. “All of us at Warner Chappell are not only fans of her music, but are also fierce supporters of what she stands for. We look forward to helping amplify Rita’s voice and message through her music.”
Set to release later this year is Rita Indiana’s forthcoming album, her first solo set in a decade, titled Mandinga Times produced by fellow Warner Chappell Music writer Eduardo Cabra, a.k.a. Visitante of Calle 13.
Check out the exclusive playlist below.
Rita Indiana, “Miedo”
Celebrate Pride with a reggaeton [song] with epic strings and bluesy lines about a love so strong, it’s scary.
George Michael, “Father Figure”
The sexiest and most problematic song I’ve ever loved.
The Contours, “Do You Love Me”
This is part of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack — the movie that made me queer.
Missy Elliot, “4 My People”
I partied so hard to this anthem, I can barely remember it.
The most articulate artist out there. Without being too serious, Arca is a philosopher in disguise.
La Lupe, “Puro Teatro”
Bolero has been a popular music genre in drag culture. This one by The Queen of Latin Soul has been a standard performed in the culture since the ’70s.
Juan Gabriel, “Querida”
I was little when this came out and I remember the whole family singing this. It was very powerful to see this gorgeous flamboyant Mexican man be loved and admired by everyone.