August 21, 2006 |
When Cuban singer Celia Cruz died three years ago, it seemed salsa music died along with her. Not that her death caused the demise. But in retrospect, it's almost poetic how her life paralleled the ebb and flow of the music itself: Cruz's career saw its own ups and downs over half a century. Yet she always found herself at the epicenter of salsa's most exciting moments. Those moments and more are the focus of a new exhibit titled "¡Azucar!
July 31, 2006 |
As Mexican electro-pop group Belanova waltzed through a truly abominable version of the Cure's classic nugget "Boys Don't Cry," all lovers of quality Latin music who were present at the Reventon Super Estrella festival on Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum must have said to themselves: "Why am I here?" But that's OK. Now in its ninth edition, the annual Reventon, organized by local radio station Super Estrella (107.
July 13, 2006
The inaugural Juntos en Concierto ("Together in Concert") tour last year pooled the drawing power and hunk appeal of three Latin music luminaries, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne.
May 4, 2006 |
HE lists Thomas Pynchon, Jean Cocteau, Charles Baudelaire and John Cheever among his favorite authors. Onstage, he wears dark makeup and sports the kind of androgynous outfits that would make a young David Bowie proud. In interviews, he is quick to forsake the false humility favored by celebrities, openly proclaiming the poetic grandeur of his own creations.
May 3, 2006 |
IT'S the last call for the Conga Room. After eight years at its Miracle Mile location on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles' premier Latin music nightclub is going dark at the end of the month -- at least for now. Although owners plan to reopen in about two years at a new, larger location within the downtown entertainment complex being built across from Staples Center, the demise of the trailblazing club's first incarnation leaves a vacuum in the city's cultural landscape.
May 2, 2006 |
It's been a long time coming, but at last, a large body of music composed in the Spanish New World from the 16th to the 19th centuries is reemerging. Although this music isn't absolutely rooted here -- much of it comes from composers born in Europe who migrated to North and South America -- it is homegrown, and some of it sounds as if it could have been written only in Latin America.
February 8, 2006 |
Each year at Grammy time, the Recording Academy renews its vow to remain relevant, to make sure that the honors keep pace with the always shifting sands of the musical terrain and to give only awards that are meaningful. But having expanded from 28 award categories in 1958 to a record 108 this year, it's easy to wonder how meaningful each of those statues can really be.
December 3, 2005 |
With the growing popularity of Latin music and the Internet boom, it wasn't much of a surprise that Latino media company Voy would launch an Internet site devoted to Spanish-language music. What was a surprise was that the company would launch the site in English. "What we wanted to do by launching Voy Music was really take advantage of two dynamics," said Voy Chairman Fernando Espuelas.
November 5, 2005 |
It was obvious in the first 60 seconds that this was not going to be the same old Latin Grammys we've seen on CBS for the last five years. And it wasn't just the switch from English to Spanish that marked the difference right out of the box as the sixth annual music awards show aired for the first time Thursday on Univision, the country's major Spanish-language network.
November 2, 2005 |
Nothing nullifies a pop culture trend in the United States like being dumped by a major TV network. So when CBS dropped the Latin Grammy Awards from its lineup earlier this year, it might have appeared to casual viewers that the 5-year-old Grammy spinoff was headed to oblivion. Ratings had nose-dived for the annual Latin music showcase, so there were no peeps of protest when it was bumped from CBS' fall schedule.