From 'Solo De Mi' to 'Malo', 7 Latin Songs That Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence
Domestic violence, which is violence or abuse in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation, can be physical or psychological and affect anyone of any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Recent statistics by the National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
No man or woman should ever tolerate an abusive or toxic relationship and that’s why many Latin artists have used their platform to take a stand against domestic violence. Listen to some of these powerful songs below.
If you or anyone you know is in danger, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.
“Solo de Mi” - Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny’s “Solo de Mi” is a powerful anthem to everyone and anyone who broke free from an abusive relationship. The video, starring Venezuelan model Laura Chimaras, shows the different stages of this toxic love, from being a victim to regaining your self-love and confidence.
“La Mejor Version de Mi” - Natti Natasha
As part of her new album IllumiNatti, Natti Natasha presented a heartfelt ballad called “La Mejor Version de Mi," which brings to the forefront the story of a person who's going through a divorce. The video shows an emotional Natti with tears rolling down her cheeks, singing about the strength she had to leave her jealous partner and becoming a better version of herself.
“A Ningún Hombre” - Rosalia
In less than two minutes, Spanish singer Rosalia gets the message across in her single “A Ningún Hombre” (To No Man). The song is about a woman who owes nothing to a man. “Only God can Judge Me. Only to him, I owe obedience,” she belts.
“Hermanita” - Aventura
In 2003, as part of their Love & Hate album, Aventura released “Hermanita,” a song about a brother who shows deep concerns for his sister’s abusive relationship. “That man is an animal. A coward without dignity for hitting a woman. He is not worthy of how much you love him,” sings Romeo Santos.
“Flower Power” - Bomba Estereo
Bomba Estereo’s “Flower Power” is all about women empowerment. The catchy tune highlights the story of strong women who are tired of being silenced and saying “I’m sorry.”
“La Prision” - Mana
In “La Prision,” Mexican rock band, Maná chants about a person who is tired of the abuse and wants to break free from the toxic relationship. “I can not stand your prison. I want to drown in other lips, in another sun, liberation,” read the lyrics.
“Malo” - Bebe
In 2004, Spanish singer Bebe shed light on domestic violence with her single “Malo.” The song is about a woman who begs her husband to stop the abuse because she, nor their child, can take it anymore. At the end of the track, the woman breaks free from her machista partner.