Rosalia created “Linda”, a “dembow” in which he finds his fusion of Spanish, urban and Latin folk roots with the Dominican Tokischa.
Tokischa Altagracia Peralta is the author of topics like “Bad” and rose to prominence in just three years for a strong feminist positioning in styles such as reggaeton, trap, dembow and ballroom.
“Tokischa is an irreverent woman, a woman who speaks directly, who speaks loudly and who makes people uncomfortable, (…) to all”, underlines Rosalía of her musical partner on this subject.
The theme was created in Los Guandules, “where there is the inspiration and affection of generous people full of art”. “Long live the dembow and long live the Dominican Republic”, summarizes the Spaniard.
“Linda” was composed by the two artists, as well as by Raimy and Leo RD, and produced by the latter with Rosalía. The music video was shot in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Raimy.
“This song is about girls’ freedom and lets people know that you can have fun being free,” said Tokischa, the 25-year-old artist from Los Frailes, an area of the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo.
This freedom Tokischa refers to is seen in “Linda” when he sings “I was late for the date, I was with Rosalía. Friends who kiss are the best company ”.
“The woman can say that my friend is cute and I can give her a kiss without having to be lesbian or bisexual,” he said, after indicating that these words do not necessarily imply homosexuality. Anyone in the LGBT community could relate to the song’s lyrics, but insisted it is for everyone.
“I admire her, because she is her, she’s not trying to be exemplary, just to be her,” the Spanish star continued of her colleague. “For me, it’s a big inspiration. Rosalía is a very disciplined, hardworking woman who loves people. It’s like an angel. I am very grateful for this opportunity, to learn and to grow, ”the Dominican gives him the kindness.
Tokischa, an artist without brakes
Tokischa is known for being outspoken about sex and for having an account on the adult content platform Only Fans.
His explicit lyrics and videos sparked controversy, to the point that the video of his song “Moutage à l’école” was removed from YouTube and denounced by the Dominican Ministry of Education.
Tokischa jumped onto the music scene just three years ago thanks to producer and creative director Raymi Paulus. In 2018, she released “Picala”, her first song, an ode to marijuana that contributed to her nickname, “María Juana”.
Her versatility as an artist has led her to explore various genres such as rap, trap, dancehall and dembow, and even record with Puerto Rican rapper and rapper Eladio Carrión.
Rosalía does not stop
“Linda” is Rosalía’s first track since her surprise collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never on the song “Nothing is special ”, released last May, and “La noche de anoche”, released in February and co-written and co-performed with Bad Bunny for the Puerto Rican album.
Rosalía’s third album, still without an official title or release date, is one of the most anticipated releases on the Spanish record scene after the success of the previous one. “Bad will” (2018), which made her an international star.
From her hand, Rosalía won a Grammy Award, as well as the historic first Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” for a Spanish-speaking artist, in addition to eight Latin Grammys, including “Album of the Year”.