Kat Dahlia, a Cuban-American singer from Miami is making headway with her new music video “Gangsta”. The song came out late last year but with the debut of its video it’s getting a lot of positive attention. The video is shot in her hometown of Miami, showing clips and video of places that have some connection to the rapper. It’s all about the hard times that she faced while growing up.
There’s no one quite like Kat Dahlia, who has the sultry inflection of Nelly Furtado, the disposition of Rihanna, and the raw vocal prowess of Amy Winehouse. “There’s no other way to stand out than just being yourself,” she says. “I write my own music. People say my voice is very unique and I do this rappy thing that’s kind of different, but if you really want to break it down, I’m just being myself.”
The 22-year-old was raised by Cuban-born parents in Miami Beach. Though fluent in English and Spanish, her French surname, Huguet, is owed to her paternal great-grandparents who came to Cuba from Lebanon. Kat’s parents emigrated to the U.S. as children and their island culture carried over into the language and salsa music that was fundamental to her upbringing, as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Willies wafted through the air in her abuela’s kitchen.
“I feel like a messenger,” she explains. “I want send a positive message of love and put out good music that constantly challenges me as an artist.” Beware: Kat Dahlia has arrived, she’s armed and she’s dangerous.
Watch Behind the Scenes footage HERE!
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