Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 through October 15 and taking part in the month long celebration of contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans is singer Sammy Arriaga.
Arriaga is of Cuban descent and its influence is often felt throughout his music, including his latest release, “Something We Can Dance To.”
“Since the day we wrote the song, I strongly believed that this song would resonate with so many, no matter the race, color or origin. Everyone needs something to escape with, to laugh to, to smile to, especially something they can dance to,” Arriaga tells Sounds Like Nashville of the catchy tune. “I’m very proud of how the fusion came about and how the Latin beat blended so with the country guitar parts, the slides and the banjos. Haven’t been this excited about a release in a long time.
“Cuban music is famously known for being fun, energetic and playful so I make sure to always put that same energy out there and make sure that the listener is having a blast when jamming to the music,” he adds. “So much, that they forget that the song itself is even a fusion of two polar genres.”
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and his own heritage, Arriaga has compiled a list of songs from artists that have influenced him. The collection features tracks from Kane Brown, Zac Brown Band, Angie K, Midland and even Tim McGraw.
“I was already obsessed with the original version [of ‘Humble and Kind’] but hearing Tim’s Spanish version took it to a whole new level for me. I also love that he regularly showcases his love for the Hispanic culture in tons of his songs,” he explains.
Take a moment to check out the playlist below and celebrate the Hispanic influences that have enhanced the history and culture of the United States all month long.