Honduran singer-songwriter Isabella Lovestory released a new song “Latina” and announced the “Laticonica Tour” with Kamixlo, which includes dates in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and more this spring.
The Montreal-based Isabella released her debut LP, Amor Hardcore, last year, and she’s now followed it with her first new music of 2023, the pulsing, dance floor-ready “Latina.”
According to Brooklyn Vegan, Isabella says it is a song about the empowerment of being Latina, as well as redefining the nuance of this empowerment.
“Tongue-in-cheek and playful, it’s a song that celebrates being Latina without being cliche and ‘dove commercial’ about it. It’s a commentary on the tokenizing of latinidad, reclaiming the uniqueness and poignancy of every experience each Latina has,” the singer says.
Ahead of the tour, she’ll hit Austin for SXSW and has shows in Europe and the UK lined up afterwards.
Born Isabella Rodriguez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Isabella told Crack magazine that she and her family left for Virginia at 13 where she landed in a school she describes as “extremely American”: vast halls, a large student body, and very clear cliques. She fell into a deep state of culture shock, receding further into herself every day. During this time, she found her greatest escape on the microblogging site Tumblr, where she spent hours fantasising over and building aesthetic worlds – the effects of which are clear throughout her digitally-drenched style of music and fashion.
Shocking as the first move was, the singer would have to do it again just a few years later – this time, to Montréal, Canada.
“It’s plagued my life,” she told the magazine with a sigh, remembering those rocky years, and also acknowledging her current struggles as a touring artiste. But with the newfound independence that a walkable city with public transit provided, she became exposed to creativity on a larger scale; the art and culture she suddenly had access to opened her up to new possibilities, and she took it all in. Suddenly, there were galleries, museums and music venues she could access without adult supervision. But the trauma of relocating again took hold; she only felt capable of communicating her creative desires online, in private. “I was a total loner,” she recalled. “I was always just by myself.”
Although she joined an art school and was surrounded by art in a deeply cultural city like Montreal, she said she wanted more. She wanted to make music and now she’s got what she wanted.