September 12, 2000 |
We are left here with two extremes: La Ley and Cafe Tacuba. The former is the nice boy group; the latter, the bad boys. La Ley is conventional and clean in its sound, compositions and arrangements; Cafe Tacuba is the revolutionaries, eclectic, very sui generis, the enemies of the musical stereotype. In music, barriers must continue to be broken. And the band that has shown the most creativity and bravery in rock (at least in the language of Cervantes) is Cafe Tacuba. That's why it's my choice.
September 1, 2000 |
Organizers of the new Latin Grammy Awards said Thursday that criticism of their event by Fonovisa, the nation's largest independent Latin label, is unfair. Fonovisa's general manager, Gilberto Moreno, earlier this week said Fonovisa would not support the Sept. 13 Latin Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles because he feels the event does not adequately represent Mexican regional artists and that it favors Miami-based producer and music mogul Emilio Estefan and the Sony Music labels.
September 12, 2000 |
Names such as Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias have become familiar in the mainstream U.S. market; but, in the coming months, they may have to make room for Shakira, who is recording her first English-language album and who is being called the next revelation from the Spanish-speaking world. The 23-year-old Colombian singer is a Latina version of Alanis Morissette.
September 13, 2000 |
Over the last decade, C. Michael Greene has built a mighty power base as head of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the not-for-profit group that stages the annual Grammy Awards show. The once-struggling musician drives a Mercedes-Benz, enjoys a membership at the Bel-Air Country Club and makes $1.3 million a year--all at the expense of the academy and its charitable arms.
June 23, 1999 |
Living in Los Angeles, it might be easy to think that most Latinos are brown-skinned and of Mexican descent; after all, about 80% of the city's Latino population identifies as Mexican. Listening to Spanish radio in Los Angeles, it might seem that Latin music means only ranchera, banda and mariachi, or, most recently, the pop stylings of Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.