November 10, 2001 |
Novice vocalist Jorge Moreno comes from the Nick at Nite generation, youngsters raised on reruns of such early television shows as "I Love Lucy." The Miami kid grew up and learned to download "Babalu" from Napster, using guerrilla technology to preserve and pass on the Afro-Cuban composition made famous by Desi Arnaz on the 1950s sitcom. Later this month, the 26-year-old Cuban American makes his own recording debut on Maverick Musica, the new Latin division of Madonna's Maverick label.
February 23, 2003
In the top Latin category, the race is anybody's guess, because all the nominees are newly emerging artists. Best Pop Album: Miami's Jorge Moreno's Latin Grammy as last year's best new artist makes him the likely winner, though Bacilos, a folksy Miami trio, and Sin Bandera, a smooth duet from Mexico, have strong publicity pushes behind them. The daring (and deserving) choice: Argentina's Diego Torres, whose "Color Esperanza" is an uplifting anthem for a troubled Latin America.
August 31, 1998 |
Investigators sifted through the charred remains of a Cuban airliner that plowed into a soccer field, searching Sunday for what caused the disaster that killed 80 people, including five children playing on the ground. Officials said they found one of the plane's "black box" flight recorders after 15 Cubans from the Cuban Institute for Aeronautics arrived to help in the investigation. The largest intact portion of the plane, the tail, was removed from the crash site.
January 6, 2002 |
For all the talk about global culture, pop music continues to be a relatively segregated pastime. On year-end top-10 lists for 2001, critics still skewed toward rock and rap and rumba, with remarkably little overlap. My list, for example, is entirely Latin. That may seem limited to some, but an entire musical universe falls under that umbrella. Salsa alone could consume a critic full time, not to mention other genres, from mariachi to rock en espanol.
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September 14, 1996 |
A 51-year-old man was among six suspected drug traffickers arrested this week in connection with what agents described as one of California's largest narcotics rings. FBI agents arrested Jorge Moreno at his Capistrano Beach home, alleging that he distributed cocaine and marijuana in an operation headed by the Caro-Quintero organization , which authorities said is also responsible for numerous money-laundering and weapons violations.