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August 1, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a Times staff writer
Speak of Robi "Draco" Rosa, and you're speaking of the anti-Ricky Martin. For in the beginning, businessman Edgardo Diaz created Menudo. And Menudo was without form, and void. And Diaz said, Let there be Ricky. And there was Ricky. And Diaz said, Let there be Robi. And there was Robi. And Ricky rejoiced and was good and went on to appear on Broadway and in soap operas and broke forth in singing and conquered the Earth.
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August 1, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a Times staff writer
Speak of Robi "Draco" Rosa, and you're speaking of the anti-Ricky Martin. For in the beginning, businessman Edgardo Diaz created Menudo. And Menudo was without form, and void. And Diaz said, Let there be Ricky. And there was Ricky. And Diaz said, Let there be Robi. And there was Robi. And Ricky rejoiced and was good and went on to appear on Broadway and in soap operas and broke forth in singing and conquered the Earth.
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July 15, 2004
General Record of the Year "A Festa," Maria Rita (Tom Capone, Marco da Costa and Maria Rita, producers; Alvaro Alencar and Tom Capone, engineers/mixers); "Mas y Mas," Robi Draco Rosa (George Noriega and Robi Draco Rosa, producers; Seth Atkins Horan and Chris Lord-Alge, engineers/mixers); "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz (Lulo Perez and Alejandro Sanz, producers; Mick Guzauski and Rafa Sardina, engineers/mixers); "Dois Rios," Skank (Tom Capone and Skank, producers; Alvaro Alencar, Tom Capone,
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January 13, 2001 | ELAINE DUTKA
POP/ROCK 'Inappropriate Endorsement': Calling it a "betrayal of everything that every Puerto Rican should stand for," songwriter-producer Robi Draco Rosa lashed out Friday at longtime friend and collaborator Ricky Martin for agreeing to perform "La Copa de La Vida" ("The Cup of Life") at inaugural festivities for President-elect George W. Bush.
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January 18, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Valentine's Day lasts only 24 hours, but the music business is looking to the entire month of February as a big love-fest. Thanks to a handful of potentially blockbuster releases, expectations are high for what frequently is a post-holidays doldrums period. On Feb. 3, rock and country fans are likely to flock to stores (and online sales sites) for new albums by Incubus and Kenny Chesney, respectively.
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January 20, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
By the time the toothy Pepsi shill Ricky Martin pulled our president-elect--"the president of everybody," as George W. Bush put it the other day--onto the stage with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Wayne Newton during Thursday's pre-inauguration party, America got a sense of this new administration's taste in the lively arts. Bush and company want to kill us, softly, with songs about livin' la vida bipartisanship, and inclusion. Fresh starts, under a big tent.
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July 15, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Looking past obvious mainstream bestsellers, voters in the fifth annual Latin Grammy nominations acknowledged the growing success of a wide range of alternative Latin music, from the edgy rock of Mexico's Cafe Tacuba to the flamenco-tinged boleros of Bebo Valdes and Diego El Cigala.
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April 27, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Robi "Draco" Rosa has had a lot of guises in an already extensive music career. He started out as a member of the Latin-pop teen group Menudo, then fronted rock band Maggie's Dream, released several Portuguese and Spanish solo albums and, perhaps most famously, co-wrote and co-produced fellow former Menudo-ite Ricky Martin's biggest hits, including "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "She Bangs." Now Rosa is hoping to establish another identity: Robi Rosa.
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August 29, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
I'd love to see Jay Leno do one of his "Jay Walking" skits this week, interviewing Latinos on the streets around the Shrine Auditorium, site of Wednesday's fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards. Just as many Americans can't identify photos of Vice President Dick Cheney, I'll bet the average Latino would be stumped when asked to identify many of the stars nominated this year in major categories. For the most part, this is not the music heard on commercial Latin radio in Los Angeles. Thank heavens.
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September 2, 2004 | Agustin Gurza and Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writers
Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz dominated the fifth Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday in a musically diverse telecast sprinkled with edgy political commentary and several instances of language excised by CBS censors. Sanz, who had previously won seven Latin Grammys, swept all four categories in which he was nominated, including the top three: album of the year for his critically acclaimed "No Es Lo Mismo," and record and song of the year for the title track.
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August 11, 2000 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mosh pit churns counterclockwise, all thrashing elbows and knees, a swarming, broken polka from hell. Ska's syncopated chaos wails and burps in trombones and snare hits from the stage, while below blur strobe-light moments of angry, wet teeth and tongue studs. Everyone snarls in Spanish, fists raised. This isn't Santiago, Chile. It's not Mexico City; Madrid; Bogota, Colombia; or Buenos Aires--or any of the other predictable nests for the Spanish-language rock movement.
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