August 29, 1992
Alma Graciela Haro Cabello, 65, known professionally as Esmeralda, who for 40 years sang the works of Mexico's best-known bolero composers. Miss Haro Cabello began singing professionally in 1945 on Mexico City's XEW radio station along with entertainers such as Consuelo Velazquez, Alvaro Galvez and Tona La Negra. She introduced works by composer Agustin Lara and performed with such greats as Pedro Infante. She appeared in several television series and acted in a number of films.
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February 11, 2007 |
With cowboy hat and kerchief, Pedro Infante rode his dreams and a homemade guitar to the top of Mexico's film and music worlds in the 1940s and '50s. Often referred to as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart rolled into one, Infante was best known as "the king of rancheras." He revolutionized the way mariachi tunes were sung, substituting softer, more natural vocals for the traditional strident style. His repertoire included waltzes, cha-chas, tangos and romantic ballads.
July 15, 2009 |
When L.A. audiences show up for the first Maya Indie Film Series starting Friday at the Nuart Theatre, they'll see a cross-section of movies including a comedy, a crime story, a road-trip drama and a romance, some performed in English, others in Spanish. In other words, they'll sample the same big-screen cinematic variety that Moctesuma Esparza experienced as a boy growing up in East L.A. a half-century ago.
May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
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October 24, 2011 |
The moment Carmen Fought laid eyes on the man in the hallway of a Pomona courthouse, she was certain he was white. Then his lips parted, and Fought did an about-face. Now she was sure he was Mexican American, probably from East Los Angeles or Boyle Heights. The tell-tale signs: the drawn-out vowels in the first syllables of his words. "Together" became "TWO-gether" instead of "tuh-GE-ther. " "Going" sounded like "GO-ween. " Fought, a linguistics professor at Pitzer College, sidled up to the man for some detective work.
May 27, 1995 |
*** Various artists, "My Family/Mi Familia" soundtrack, East-West. This soundtrack takes some chances--with surprisingly good results. The music ranges from ancient Aztec indigenous songs to Perez Prado mambo to '50s doo-wop. Among the highlights: a song by Mexico's ranchera legend Pedro Infante, a previously unreleased merengue by Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra and a version of a Los Panchos' bolero by Mexican pop-rockers Mana.