September 13, 2005 |
Carlos Vives began his raucous, two-hour performance Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre with the title track of his latest album, "El Rock de Mi Pueblo" ("The Rock of My People"). The song is the ultimate expression of the musical manifesto that the former soap opera star has been working on for the last 12 years. The way Vives sees it, the devilishly rhythmic cumbia and the accordion-heavy vallenato of his native Colombia are the South American equivalent of rock 'n' roll.
September 30, 2002 |
Thousands of fans who nearly filled the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday for a one-night stand by Carlos Vives had paid good money for their seats--but they barely used them. From the moment the Colombian singer started his two-hour show, the crowd was on its feet and refused to sit down the entire night. Actually, Vives' commanding performance wouldn't let them.
July 25, 2002
General Categories Record of the year: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao," Celia Cruz (Sergio George, producer; Jon Fausty, engineer-mixer); "Mentira," La Ley (Humberto Gatica & Kenny O'Brien, producers; Humberto Gatica, Cristian Robles & Eric Shilling, engineers-mixers); "Se Me Olvido," Gian Marco (Emilio Estefan Jr.
September 12, 2000 |
Carlos Vives is a man of contradictions. He preaches the equality of all people, yet says he would marry only a white woman. He speaks of the cultural unity of the Americas, yet his lyrics are unapologetically nationalistic. He sings endlessly of his love for Colombia, yet lives in Miami. He is one of Latin America's most acclaimed artists--on the same exclusive top tier as Juan Luis Guerra and Ruben Blades--yet began his career as a soap opera star.
August 7, 2000 |
Anybody who has spent at least the first 10 or 12 years of his or her life in Latin America will tell you: Reality there is experienced differently from the rest of the world. There's something about the brutal contrast between the opulently rich and the hopelessly poor, the indigenous culture and the European idiosyncrasy, the constant philosophizing and the passionate devotion to religion, that makes life south of the border a never-ending succession of miracles, small and big.
November 7, 1999 |
The strongest contender so far for Latin pop album of the year, along with the Afro-Cuban excursions of two veteran players who only get better with age, make up this month's Latin Pulse, a look at the most noteworthy releases in the world of Latin music. *** 1/2 Carlos Vives, "El Amor de Mi Tierra," EMI Latin. Every year or so, an album comes out whose mission is to renew the listeners' faith in the weary genre of Latin pop.