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I am bringing a conclusion to various aspects of your circumstances, but be aware that getting to the final result will continue for a time to be a process.  There are still things that need to be dealt with before the final summation.  Move through this process with faith and confidence that I am doing a good work and the results will be well pleasing to you and to Me, says the Lord.  Let Me move you in this conclusive flow.  Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

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Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez & Camila Cabello (Finally) Put Latin Music Center Stage at VMAs

A year after snubbing “Despacito,” the VMAs vindicate themselves with a bounty of Latin.

What a difference a year makes.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were the focal point of widespread criticism after the music awards didn’t include “Despacito” — the most-viewed video in history and the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time — in its list of nominees, nor did MTV invite Luis Fonsi or Daddy Yankee to perform at the show.

All the fuss apparently had an impact. Because although this year’s awards haven’t escaped criticism, it hasn’t been for lack of Latin power.

There was Camilla Cabello, a Cuban-American, taking home artist of the year and video of the year for “Havana,” a double Latin whammy.

There was Cardi B winning best new artist.

There was Jennifer Lopez winning the Video Vanguard award.

There was Cardi’s “I Like It,” the ultimate bilingual, bicultural Latin track, featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, winning song of the summer.

And then, there was Maluma performing — in Spanish! — his hit “Felices los Cuatro.”

That’s the kicker. Because the last time in recent memory that Spanish was sung on the VMA stage was, to the best of our recollection, in 2005, when Shakira performed “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz and reggaeton kings Daddy Yankee, Tego Claderon and Don Omar celebrated the dawn of the genre together.

Since then, there’s been some Latin touches here and there, but no Spanish.

Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee "Despacito"

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VMAs’ ‘Despacito’ Snub Shows Media’s Latin Blind Spot

So we have to give kudos to the VMAs for taking a step in the right direction. At a time when Spanish-language songs are dominating streaming charts at a global scale, pretending they don’t exist simply because they’re not in English is frankly anachronistic. Having Maluma as the first ambassador is fitting, given his position as a major global star who has collaborated on a handful of English-language tracks but remains firmly rooted as a Latin act who performs in Spanish. In other words, crossing over no longer requires a major English-language hit; it requires the ability to connect at a musical, emotional level.

Bad Bunny, Cardi B and J Balvin on the set of "I Like It" music video shoot.

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The Times Have Changed: What ‘I Like It’ Hitting No. 1 Means to Latin Music

As for the likes of Cardi B, Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Latin culture is part of the social and cultural fabric of this country, sometimes ebbing, sometimes flowing. And today, more than ever, it’s proudly represented by many different and visible voices.

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Wolfine & Maluma Get Drunk to Get Over a Beautiful Girl in ‘Bella (Remix)’ Lyric Translation

Wolfine came on to our radars with his catchy single “Bella,” released in 2017. The song, according to him, was born out of a personal experience. “I’ve been with my current partner for over 13 years, and one time that we broke up, I decided to write the lyrics,” he previously told Billboard.

Following the song’s success, his friend of many years and fellow Colombian artist, Maluma, jumped on the remix, nabbing Wolfine his first top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (11-10 on the chart-dated Aug. 18).

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Latin Artist On the Rise: Meet Colombian Artist Wolfine, the Mastermind Behind ‘Bella’

By now you’re probably a fan of the catchy rhythms found in “Bella,” but what exactly are Wolfine and Maluma singing about in the song?

Find out in the English lyric translation below.

Maluma, Wolfine

Your friends told me yesterday

That you were looking for me like crazy in the streets

And I was drinking beer like crazy

Getting wasted with some friends

Drunk with a broken heart

Walking alone, I bumped into her

 

Wolfine

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap

 

Maluma

Maluma, baby (prrr)

You caught me in a moment of weakness

I swore to myself that I would never touch you again

All because of that damn beer

With those lips, it’s not surprising that I kissed you

Because I was not able to stop right there

In the ranking of my girls, you were always at the top

We screwed each other over in the relationship

We played it by ear, without any protection

It was too late and I drank way too much

You are my weakness, I love it when you get annoying

It was too late and I drank way too much

You are my weakness, nobody can straighten you

 

Wolfine, Maluma

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap (Maluma, baby)

 

Wolfine

They told me you were a bit sad

That you began to drank and left with a random man

Oh baby, you broke my heart

I don’t believe in love anymore and now I’m worst because of you

Oh baby, you broke my heart

I don’t believe

 

Maluma, Wolfine

Your friends told me yesterday

That you were looking for me like crazy in the streets

And I was drinking beer like crazy

Getting wasted with some friends

 

Maluma, Wolfine

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap

Beautiful woman and me with a bottle

I got tangled up easily and fell into her trap