By: Paul McMahon

Music. It is a combination of culture and love with pulsating beats and a rhythm divine. However, when was the last time you heard a song in Spanish or Portuguese? Like really listened alone to how cool the language sounds on the airwaves and the beats hit your ears?

Spanish is amazing and Latino music is great. While the Latino Country of Brazil speaks Portuguese, they have the second largest recording industry in the world. SECOND! That’s USA, then Brazil. Did you know that or are we told that by looking at the music charts?

How many top 10 hits have you heard coming from Latin America? None lately, except those funny catchy songs where you yell “Latin America is cool!”, as you dance the same dance moves over and over.

They have a breadth of local talent that sets your heart alight or calms you to tranquillity. I’d say your first port of music in the world would have to be Latin American music to then venture off to the rest.

I think one of the most important elements is rhythm. Britney Spears (no offence, but you have great music producers as company) doesn’t have the real talent that many Latin American artists do. Think Calle 13 with his song Latinoamericano or Gepe with Por la Ventana.

What Latin American music has is maturity. It has the maturity of sound that plays as if you are living in a fantasy. Much like the magic realism style of writing, best done by Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it takes you on a journey and you want to hear more. It’s magical for a reason and it embodies the true emotions of life. Again, I refer to Britney and her sexy display in Work Bitch; sorry, but I don’t think hard working people dance like a striper and have parties in France that easy.

In Australia, we refer to Latin America as if it is one place, one country. As if they all speak Spanish and they all have the same culture. It is a strange world where many speak Spanish but each country was formed in different ways. This plays on the music and it is rare to hear a Mexican song and confuse it with Argentine.

Latin America in essence is one of the greatest displays of human multicultural power. It is all done strangely through music. I think of some of my favourite songs and I think of them as being Latino.

There is so much to offer, I don’t know where to begin. If you want to stay modern and alternative head to or search some good old artists online to see what’s on offer.

Latin American culture is ignored here in Australia as it is one of the last migrant groups to join our multicultural country. However, I’m telling you, a Latino exploration through music will be the best journey you’ve ever taken.

Paul McMahon is an up and coming author as a result of an accident where he fell 3.5 floors to concrete. He survived but had a brain injury for a short period. He has a Facebook page that you can follow if you like the story or like his travel blog. The message is that you should always be proud to be alive, so many do not have that privilege. The worst accident in the world can still direct you into bliss and prosperity.