By Rodrigo García Melero |
Buenos Aires (EFE).- María Becerra, known as “La nena de Argentina”, is already, at 23 years old, an icon of the increasingly successful urban music that her country exports. A fashionable singer who is now reaching a new milestone in her brilliant career: sneaking in with the song “Te cura” on the soundtrack of “Fast X”, the tenth installment of the “Fast & Furious” saga.
“One day they called my manager telling him that they wanted me to be part of the ‘soundtrack’. At first I was going to be on a song that was three people. It was me and two other women. And, suddenly, when I sent my verse for that song, they liked it so much that they said, ‘we want you to do a song by yourself,’ says the young composer in a chat with EFE in Buenos Aires.
This is how the theme included in the tenth film of the mythical saga, directed by Louis Leterrier and again with Vin Diesel -who a few days ago praised María in an interview- as the main protagonist, and the composer and conductor arose. Brian Tyler pulling the strings for the original soundtrack.
“They sent us ‘Te cura’, which was all done, but I put my written verse into it, I wrote a post-chorus and we put production on as well. So it was also very nice from them, that they let us also make the song with our essence and that we have put everything of our own into it”, adds Becerra, born in the Buenos Aires town of Quilmes in 2000.
The “Latin seal”
The official press of the film highlights María as the first Argentine singer to be part of a film “so influential” in the film industry. “The truth is that it is quite a challenge, it is a very important saga and the songs from this entire saga have been iconic,” she adds.
“’Fast and Furious’ is a saga that many of us grew up with and many of us were inspired by. For example, I have a song called “Automático” and Letty (the character played by Michelle Rodriguez) was the inspiration for all the part that I wanted to be mechanical”, she reveals.
And he points out that, in the case of “Te cura” -a song that appears in the film in a scene of the actors in Rio de Janeiro-, he wanted to capture his “Latin seal” to differentiate it from other more Anglo-Saxon themes: “we wanted, we , that we are from that small group of Latinos doing the ‘soundtrack’, leave that marked well, did you see?, with words like ‘dembow’. With rhythms like ‘dembow’”.
“I live what I love”, says María Becerra
A champion of reggaeton, trap and other variables of what is known as the urban genre, María is considered one of the most popular Argentine female artists of the moment. She started as a ‘youtuber’ in 2015 and four years later she published her first album, the EP “222”.
Since then, he has accumulated a good handful of hits both solo and with artists such as Pablo Alborán, Tini, Nicki Nicole, J Balvin and Lola Índigo, and his latest album, “La nena de Argentina” -a nickname that arose from a phrase he sang on the song “Animal” (2021) together with Cazzu-, it explodes with reproductions on all platforms.
“I am very happy, really. Very tired too, it’s a lot of work, but it has its great reward. I’m not going to complain, the truth is that I’m very happy, I’m lucky, I live from what I love, I don’t need anything, neither does my family, I can provide them with comforts, facilities and that is something that is priceless to me, so I am going to work all my life”, he reveals.
And she is honest about the nickname by which everyone knows her: “At times I have thought about changing that nickname, ‘the girl from Argentina’, because I feel that I am a woman, I am not so girl anymore. But it is something that has already been installed in people’s minds, did you see? And I feel that it is like from the side of affection that they tell me, and I think that she is going to stay forever ”.
“I don’t know, maybe at some point I’ll change it, maybe not, but for the moment for people I’m ‘the girl from Argentina’ and I’ll continue to be,” she concludes.