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February 27, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Jorge DREXLER awoke with the fateful song already in his head. The night before, the Uruguayan singer-songwriter had read the script for "The Motorcycle Diaries" for the first time since director Walter Salles invited him to write a composition for the movie. Drexler recalled going to bed early, moved by the story of a formative journey across South America taken by Ernesto Guevara as a young man, before becoming the iconic revolutionary the world would come to know as Che.
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March 14, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
Uruguayan composer Jorge Drexler remains best known in the U.S. for his brief appearance at the 2005 Academy Awards: His "Al Otro Lado del Rio" won the Oscar for best original song and, having been passed over (in favor of Antonio Banderas) to sing it during the ceremony, he responded with an a cappella verse while accepting his statuette.
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March 2, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler, Sunday's dark-horse winner of the Academy Award for best song, was delighted to discover just how quickly, and literally, Oscar opens doors in Hollywood. Though critically acclaimed throughout Spain and Latin America, Drexler was so little known in the United States that he whooshed through the red carpet without being asked for a pre-show interview.
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March 5, 2005
Paulo Prada's criticism of the Academy Awards program for not letting Jorge Drexler perform his own winning song (Commentary, March 2) missed a more noteworthy point: In introducing the song, Salma Hayek outrageously called Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the subject of "The Motorcycle Diaries," an idealist. That's a funny word for a totalitarian killer who helped set up Cuba's repressive state. Sheldon Richman Conway, Ark. Prada advocates the "Standard for Latino Authenticity in Media," or "SLAM" test, under which no jive, mainstream star of Latino heritage may be substituted on an awards show for a genuine Uruguayan not well known in this country.
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March 14, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
Uruguayan composer Jorge Drexler remains best known in the U.S. for his brief appearance at the 2005 Academy Awards: His "Al Otro Lado del Rio" won the Oscar for best original song and, having been passed over (in favor of Antonio Banderas) to sing it during the ceremony, he responded with an a cappella verse while accepting his statuette.
OPINION
March 5, 2005
Paulo Prada's criticism of the Academy Awards program for not letting Jorge Drexler perform his own winning song (Commentary, March 2) missed a more noteworthy point: In introducing the song, Salma Hayek outrageously called Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the subject of "The Motorcycle Diaries," an idealist. That's a funny word for a totalitarian killer who helped set up Cuba's repressive state. Sheldon Richman Conway, Ark. Prada advocates the "Standard for Latino Authenticity in Media," or "SLAM" test, under which no jive, mainstream star of Latino heritage may be substituted on an awards show for a genuine Uruguayan not well known in this country.
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February 28, 2005
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December 7, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
This may be the 50th Grammyceremony, but it's only the 22nd with Latin categories, started in 1975 with just one trophy for the whole enchilada. Now it's up to eight, but the Latin categories are still behind the times. These nominees can't avoid feeling like an encore to the comprehensive Latin Grammys, awarded last month in Las Vegas. The contenders, like the eligibility periods, overlap.
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September 25, 2005 | Ernesto Lechner
Various Artists "Sounds Eclectico" (KCRW/Nacional Records) * * * * THIS disc of Latino-themed sessions from the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show on KCRW-FM (89.9) could serve as a cool primer to Latin Alternative music and its many permutations -- from the lounge-rock of Los Amigos Invisibles and the haunting acoustic pop of Jorge Drexler to L.A. favorites Los Lobos and Ozomatli. But the collection is simply indispensable for serious Latin rock fans.
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July 11, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. The Greek Theatre The Weeknd, Sept. 16-17 (Fri.); Thievery Corporation, Sept. 20 (Sat.) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Rascal Flatts, Sept. 14 (Fri.); Epicenter with the Offspring and more, Sept. 21 (now) Hollywood Palladium Walk the Moon, Oct. 18 (now) San Manuel Amphitheatre The Art Laboe Show Live, Sept. 14 (Fri.) TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Gibson Amphitheatre Pepe Aguilar, Sept.
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March 2, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler, Sunday's dark-horse winner of the Academy Award for best song, was delighted to discover just how quickly, and literally, Oscar opens doors in Hollywood. Though critically acclaimed throughout Spain and Latin America, Drexler was so little known in the United States that he whooshed through the red carpet without being asked for a pre-show interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Jorge DREXLER awoke with the fateful song already in his head. The night before, the Uruguayan singer-songwriter had read the script for "The Motorcycle Diaries" for the first time since director Walter Salles invited him to write a composition for the movie. Drexler recalled going to bed early, moved by the story of a formative journey across South America taken by Ernesto Guevara as a young man, before becoming the iconic revolutionary the world would come to know as Che.
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March 2, 2005 | Paulo Prada, Paulo Prada, a Colombian American, is a freelance writer based in Rio de Janeiro.
When Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek took the stage at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, most viewers -- once they had taken in the merits of the stars' slinky dresses and their physical attributes -- grasped the obvious: The Spanish and Mexican actresses were there to give the show a touch of Latin flair. Indeed, one of Hayek's chief responsibilities was to introduce Jorge Drexler's "Al Otro Lado del Rio," the haunting song from the Spanish-language film "The Motorcycle Diaries."
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October 26, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Halloween still is a few days off, but for the Cuban chanteuse Omara Portuondo, Friday night's concert at UCLA's Royce Hall was an occasion for marking an early Thanksgiving. Hip-swiveling her way onstage as if she were hoofing it up at Havana's Tropicana cabaret, circa 1945, Portuondo was visibly eager to share the blessings of a long and well-lived life in music. At nearly 79, she told her audience, she has abundant cause for gratitude. Indeed she does. Portuondo's contralto still registers as a formidably potent and emotionally limber instrument, telegraphing ruefulness or ecstasy, parental tenderness or swooning romantic fatalism.
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