Before Cardi B. was making “money moves” recording both English and Spanish-language tracks, Ivy Queen’s brazen musical performances were shifting attitudes concerning gender and race. You could say the Puerto Rican hip-hop and reggaetón star was ahead of her time when her 1997 major-label debut En Mi Imperio struggled to find commercial success in the U.S.
$45-$76.65, Sun May 27, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com.
But two decades into the game, Ivy Queen has become one of the only successful female artists in reggaetón, a genre dominated by men and known for its objectification of women. A pioneer of urban Latin music, Ivy Queen melds various influences from salsa to bachata to create a unique musical style that lends itself to themes of female empowerment and cultural pride. On Sunday, the Aztec Theatre welcomes the reggaetón disruptor with support from salsa singer Jerry Rivera.
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