Since kicking off her music career in 2020, Mexican reggaeton artist Bellakath has emerged as one of the genre’s most exciting new talents. Reaching hundreds of millions of streams well before her debut album Kittyponeo was released in October, she’s given women a strong voice in the reggaeton world with high-energy hits like “Reggaeton Champagne” and “Gatita.” That’s why we’re thrilled to name Bellakath as our November EQUAL Global Artist.
Spotify’s EQUAL Global Music Program started in 2021 with the aim of contributing to gender equity in the music industry by amplifying and celebrating the work of women creators around the world. As a Global Ambassador, Bellakath now sees her face adorning the EQUAL Global and EQUAL México playlists, both of which lead with her track “Reggaeton Champagne.”
Bellakath followed an indirect path to music stardom, as she was studying law before appearing as a contestant on the highly popular reality show Enamorándonos. Propelled by her fame from the show, she launched her music career with the track “Melocoton” featuring Michael G. Her breakthrough moment, however, was when her track “R9 Aleteo” featuring Dj Yaso was adopted as an anthem by the LGBTQIA+ community. An outspoken ally to the community that has embraced her music, Bellakath went on to film the music video for “R9 Aleteo” during Mexico’s San Juan del Rio Pride celebrations.
For the Record caught up with Bellakath to ask her about her inspirations, her process, and advice she’d give other women artists.
The artists who have most inspired me are. . .
One piece of advice I’d give women artists is. . .
That they remain perseverant, disciplined, and always pursue their dreams.
One notable moment in my career so far is. . .
When my song “Gatita” broke barriers so Mexican reggaeton could be heard worldwide.
My creative process consists of. . .
Taking a beat that I like and beginning the process of writing on top of it. Usually ideas start to come to me when I’m on the road or traveling in a plane.
One way I’d like to see greater gender equity in the music industry is. . .
To have reggaeton stop being classified as a genre usually reserved for men. Women can also find a space within it to bring our own narrative to the global sound.
An up-and-coming woman artist I’m excited about is. . .
My sister and longtime collaborator DJ FOXY.
My girl-power anthems are. . .
Get ready to move it with Bellakath on our This Is Bellakath playlist.