My time with About.com has come to an end, and I have to say I am sad for leaving the Latin music site after three wonderful years where I had the opportunity to enjoy one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of my life. I would like to thank all of you for embracing the content I produced on behalf of this site. Whether you were an artist, a journalist, a promoter or just a Latin music fan, I absolutely loved the interaction and exchange of ideas I had with you.
To be honest, I did not want to write a farewell note in this blog. I am not really good at these things. However, a couple of comments I got this week inspired me to write this short note. By telling me how much they like my content, these people reminded me of how often I used to receive those kinds of compliments. Because of this, I felt it was just fair to send out this big reply of gratitude to each person who supported and enjoyed this site for the past three years.
That said, I hope you guys keep enjoying and supporting Latin music. If you used to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+, I will continue to use those accounts so keep in touch. Thanks a lot and... Que Viva La Musica Latina!
To be honest, I am just discovering the music of Javier Moreno. However, it is never late to discover good music. That said, this is just a short post to invite you to explore the music of this talented singer and songwriter from Barcelona. In particular, I would like to invite you to listen to his 2013 album La Rumba Del Emigrante, a wonderful production where Rumba Flamenca meets Brazilian music, Ranchera and Cuban Son.
Besides having a great sound, La Rumba Del Emigrante offers a nice representation of different issues ranging from immigration and political corruption to jealousy and love. If you want to stay away from the repetitive sounds of mainstream music, you need check out the refreshing music of Javier Moreno.
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After taking the world by storm with her album La Bala, one of the best Latin music albums of 2012, the popular Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is back with new music. Spin Magazine has just premiered "Vengo," the first single from the highly anticipated album of one of today's most celebrated Urban artists in Latin music. The new album, named after the premiered single, will hit the stores on March 18.
Apart from that, Ana Tijoux is getting ready to hit the road soon with upcoming shows at the SXSW Festival and different venues across California. The following are the dates, cities and venues of her upcoming tour:
Ana Tijoux - Tour Dates 2014:
- Mar. 13-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW Festival.
- Mar. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent.
- Mar. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex.
- Mar. 23 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah.
- Mar. 28 - Mexico City - VIVE Latino.
- Mar. 30 - Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza.
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As far as children's music goes, we all know the timeless appeal of classic songs such as "The Wheels On The Bus," "Fingers, Nose and Toes" and "Yankee Doodle." While those songs will probably continue to thrive for generations to come, there is a rising movement of artists who are creating excellent music for kids today.
One of the most exciting names in this field is Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a group honored last year at the Latin Grammy Awards with the Best Children's Album of the Year award. The band, whose groovy sound and style could fit into something I would like to call Alternative music for kids, took home that trophy thanks to the album Fantastico, a refreshing work featuring a great sound and a didactic experience where kids are exposed to Spanish language in a fun way. If you want to find out more about this band and its music, make sure to check out my exclusive interview with Lucky Diaz. Definitely, a nice conversation to have in this golden age of children's music.
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This year, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the largest music rights organization in the US, will be honoring Vallenato superstar Carlos Vives with the BMI President's Award. According to BMI, Carlos Vives has been selected as this year's honoree thanks to his outstanding achievement in songwriting and profound global influence on the entertainment industry.
"Carlos has become one of the most influential songwriters in the Latin Music community, whose timeless sound has had a significant impact. His longevity in the music business is a testimony to his dedication and passion for his craft, and we are very proud to celebrate his accomplishments," said Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Latin Music. The popular Colombian artist will receive this honor at the 22nd edition of the BMI Latin Awards, which are set for March 22 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
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Romeo Santos' Twitter Campaign To Reveal Important Details Regarding Upcoming Album 'Formula Vol. 2'
Bachata sensation singer Romeo Santos is about to unveil important details regarding his upcoming album Formula Vol. 2. This coming Thursday, January 16th, the popular Latino artist will gather his fans on Twitter to kick off a Tweet To Unlock campaign where each fan tweet with #FormulaVol2 will build counts to reveal the release date, special guest artists and art work for this highly anticipated production.
Considering the enormous success of his previous album Formula Vol. 1 and the recent popularity of his single "Propuesta Indecente," one of the top Bachata songs of 2013, Formula Vol. 2 is already one of the most important Latin music releases of 2014. Stay tuned for more news regarding this exciting production.
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Ninety years ago, in the city of Matanzas, Cuba, musicians Valentin Cane and Pablo Vazquez Gobin laid out the foundations of a band that moved to history as one of the most influential names in the making of Latin music. Originally born with the name of Tuna Liberal, La Sonora Matancera found its famous name in 1935 as a result of the musical evolution the band experienced since its foundation in 1924.
After establishing its music style in the late 1930s, La Sonora Matancera built its golden era during the next two decades thanks to an outstanding group of singers and memorable hits such as "Piel Canela," "Tu Voz," "Burundanga" and "Ay! Cosita Linda." Some of the most celebrated singers from the band included artists like Bienvenido Granda, Celia Cruz, Daniel Santos, Bobby Capo, Nelson Pinedo and Carlos Argentino, just to mention a few.
Throughout most of its history, La Sonora Matancera was directed by Cuban musician Rogelio Martinez. The death of Rogelio in 2001, brought to an end one of the richest chapters in the history of Latin music. By that time, however, La Sonora Matancera was already an icon of Latin music. The 90th anniversary of the so-called Dean of Cuban Bands is definitely a good reason to further embrace the legacy of this legendary Latin band.
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This week, Latin music superstar Shakira and Pop sensation singer Rihanna have finally unveiled their secret. The two artists have just announced the release of "Can't Remember To Forget You," Shakira's newest single featuring the Barbados superstar. The new song will hit the market this coming Monday, January 13.
To further increase the expectations of this hot release both artists have been teasing their fans with the single's seductive art cover where you can see Rihanna cuddling up to the famous Colombian singer and songwriter. On their respective Twitter accounts, both Shakira and Rihanna have started the countdown for what it is already one of the hottest duets of 2014. Definitely, something to look for next week.
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This year, the Gipsy Kings are celebrating their 25th anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, the legendary Rumba Flamenca and Latin Pop group is about to bring their music to the US with a series of concerts that will take the group to different venues across the country. The following are the dates, cities and venues included in one of the most exciting Latin tours of early 2014.
Gipsy Kings Tour Dates 2014:
- Jan. 17 - Atlantic City, NJ - Ovation Hall-Revel.
- Jan. 18 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
- Jan. 19 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre.
- Jan. 20 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere Music Hall.
- Jan. 22 - North Hampton, MA - Calvin Theater.
- Jan. 23 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Memorial Auditorium.
- Jan. 24 - New York, NY - City Winery.
- Jan. 25 - New York, NY - City Winery.
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Considering this year's prolific production of hits in the Latin music field, it was not easy to pick the best Latin songs of 2013. That said, however, it would be difficult to deny the impact that songs such as Marc Anthony's "Vivir Mi Vida" or Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso" played in the making of Latin music in 2013.
While Tropical music emerged as the most influential field within this list, this selection also includes songs from the Latin Pop, Regional Mexican and Latin Alternative genres. They also belong to some of the most popular Latin music albums of the year including Carlos Vives' Corazon Profundo, Alejandro Fernandez's Confidencias and Draco Rosa's Vida, just to mention a few.
Some of the following tunes are, by themselves, some of the most important Latin music highlights of 2013. These are the top 10 Latin songs of the year:
- "Limbo" - Daddy Yankee.
- "Mas Y Mas" - Draco Rosa with Ricky Martin.
- "La Que Me Gusta" - Los Amigos Invisibles.
- "Bailar Contigo" - Carlos Vives.
- "Para Celebrar" - Sergio George Presenta Salsa Giants (Live).
- "Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti" - Alejandro Fernandez and Christina Aguilera.
- "Darte Un Beso" - Prince Royce.
- "El Ruido De Tus Zapatos" - La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho.
- "ICE El Hielo" - La Santa Cecilia.
- "Vivir Mi Vida" - Marc Anthony.
Best Latin songs of 2013
Top Latin music highlights of 2013
Carlos Vives - 'Corazon Profundo' album review
Draco Rosa - 'Vida' album review
Top Bachata songs of 2013
Best duets o 2013
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