By Grace Bastidas | 02/17/2010 - 13:00 | 5 Comments
The rumor mill has been swirling with tales of Shakira cozying up to tennis star Rafael Nadal in Barcelona recently. “Love match,” hinted the New York Post’s Page Six just a few days ago, reporting that the pair “were whispering and all smiles” while eating dinner at the W Hotel in the Spanish city.
But Nadal’s camp has...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/16/2010 - 15:00 | 0 Comments
Since forming in the mid-'80s, iconic Argentine band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have wreaked havoc on stadiums all over the world thanks to their energetic performances and ability to seamlessly mesh musical influences (rock, reggae, ska) throughout the years. Their hits are plenty: “Mal Bicho,” ‘El Matador” and “Vasos Vacios” are timeless anthems that always...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/15/2010 - 10:35 | 1 Comment
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.
By Grace Bastidas | 02/12/2010 - 14:46 | 2 Comments
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...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/11/2010 - 11:33 | 0 Comments
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...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/10/2010 - 09:55 | 0 Comments
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-...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/08/2010 - 10:38 | 0 Comments
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.
Her vocals have not gone unnoticed in other industries, either. The 79-year-old living legend was tapped to lend...
By Grace Bastidas | 02/05/2010 - 13:58 | 1 Comment
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:
- Spanish Researcher Devises Leukemia Treatment Alternative To Chemoterapy
- Iraqi journalist killed by Islamists in Syria
- Nelson Mandela, South Africa's First Black President, Dead At 95
- Colombia's Ecopetrol says promising oil block commercially viable
- Poverty reduction stalls in LatAm, U.N. panel reports
- Why Zoe Saldana Decided To Go Make-Up Free In 'Out Of The Furnace'
- Why Hispanic Children Are At Increased Risk Of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
- Capitol Police Officer Raises Voice At Immigration Activists: 'Comprende?'
- Poverty Reduction In Latin America Is Slowing, UN Says
- Creating A Hilarious Telenovela Is The Best Way To Do Spanish Homework (VIDEO)