Video: Shakira Heats Up Half-Time Show At 2010 NBA All-Star Game
By Grace Bastidas | 02/15/2010 - 10:35

Shakira unleashed her animalistic side during the NBA All-Star Game at the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL stadium on Sunday night. The Colombia singer performed “She Wolf” and “Giving It Up for Me” during the halftime show, hitting the smoke-machine–enhanced stage before Alicia Keys.

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Bang, Bang! Joe Cuba is Back
By Grace Bastidas | 02/12/2010 - 14:46

If the name Joe Cuba doesn’t ring any bells, that’s probably because you were born after the 1960’s when the legendary Nuyorican bandleader was dubbed the Father of Latin Boogaloo. And for those of you that don’t know what style of music that is, it’s a fusion of R&B and son montuno. Cuba died last year at the age of 78 but that doesn’t mean his spirit and sound did as well.

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Three Great Singers Announce a History-Making Tour
By Grace Bastidas | 02/11/2010 - 11:33

Mexican superstars Alejandro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis and Joan Sebastian are hitting the road together starting April 10 for Los Tres Tour. And not since opera legends Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti became The Three Tenors in the '90s have we seen such a stellar musical trio.

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Ozomatli Finishes Fifth Album, Heads to TED Conference
By Grace Bastidas | 02/10/2010 - 09:55

Los Angeles band Ozomatli took their name from the Aztec God of Dance, and for the past 15 years this multi-racial seven-piece collective has always incited us to shake it. Their music is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mix of rhythms, like hip-hop, salsa, cumbia, dancehall, rock and ragga. And as U.S. cultural ambassadors since 2007, that we-are-the-world sensibility has only expanded. They’ve visited Tunisia, India, Jordan, Nepal and other far-flung destinations, where they’ve performed and learned a thing or two along the way.

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Omara Portuondo Signs with Disney
By Grace Bastidas | 02/08/2010 - 10:38

Critics describe Cuban singer Omara Portuondo’s voice as deep, sultry, expressive, compassionate and heavenly. And they’re not exaggerating, as evidenced by her latest album, Gracias, for which she won a Latin Grammy last year.

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SXSW Releases a Partial Line-Up
By Grace Bastidas | 02/05/2010 - 13:58

Heading to Austin in March for South by Southwest (SXSW)? This is the music fest’s 24th year, which means it’s bound to be a big ol’ party. A partial list of performers went out this week and it includes a respectable number of Latin acts. Here’s a quick crib sheet:

Amaral (Madrid, Spain) is a folk rock duo with a huge following in Spain. So far, they’ve released five successful albums but have never made a significant dent in the states. But that may change with this showcase.

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Nothing is Impossible for Chayanne
By Grace Bastidas | 02/04/2010 - 11:15

The glass is always half full for Chayanne. The Puerto Rican balladeer’s upcoming album is titled Nada Es Imposible (out Feb. 23) and it’s all about hope and optimism. “There are people who are living very difficult situations these days, people who are having a bad time, the message I want to share with this new work is that we must keep fighting and working without losing our dreams, and that nothing is impossible,” he recently said.

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Santana, Forever Supernatural
By Grace Bastidas | 02/03/2010 - 10:23

It’s been a decade since original guitar hero Carlos Santana took home nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, for Supernatural. The disc featured unforgettable collaborations with Maná ("Corazón Espinado"), Rob Thomas ("Smooth"), Wyclef Jean ("Maria Maria") and other artists. It also reignited the 62-year-old Mexican rocker’s career and introduced him to a whole generation of listeners that were born well after Woodstock.

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Aventura and Juan Luis Guerra Hit the Stage at Madison Square Garden
By Grace Bastidas | 02/02/2010 - 12:41

Aventura is in the midst of a sold-out four-show run at Madison Square Garden. Tonight is their final concert in support of their fifth album, The Last. What can we expect? So far, the fans have been treated to surprise guests like Marc Anthony, Akon and Wisin & Yandel.

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Calle 13, Maxwell Celebrate Grammy Wins
By Grace Bastidas | 02/01/2010 - 13:29

“Nos ganamos el Grammy gringo!” announced Calle 13 on the group’s Twitter page hours before the Grammy Awards aired yesterday. The Puerto Ricans walked away with the trophy for (the all-encompassing category) Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album for their album Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo at the non-telecast portion of the ceremony. No big surprise there as the duo swept the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards last year with the same globally aware disc.

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