Is Laz Alonso the Next Latin Music Sensation?

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Last night, we caught up with the fine Laz Alonso at the Remy V event at NYC hotspot Lavo and he gave us the scoop about his latest movie and his new music venture that keeps it real with a fiery Latin sound.

What’s new? We know you have a lot of things going on, so fill us in!

I’m very happy because Breakout Kings got an amazing response and just got picked up for a second season back on A&E. I have a film coming out in September called Straw Dogs, where I play a sheriff in the South trying to keep the peace in a hostile environment; it’s a remake of the original movie that starred Dustin Hoffman. And as you know, I’m always talking about my music and I’m finally releasing it!

What got you into music?

Well, I grew up studying classical piano my entire life as well as listening to everyone from Celia Cruz to Hector Lavoe to Vicente Fernandez. I’m a Latin music historian with over 7,000 latin songs ranging from salsa to boleros and as a fanatic of Latin music I’ve always wanted to do my own version.

Did this inspiration come from your mami?

Probably. As you know I was raised by seven Latinas and it was a very musical home. Our basement was full of percussion instruments like maracas, bongos, guiras—you name it, we played it! When a song would come on we liked, everyone would grab an instrument, freestyle and go for it.

Tell me about your sound as a musician?

My artist name is El Mambi, which is a very cultural thing since they were the freedom fighters of Cuba. I basically do Mambo, but it also has a mixture of something like Merengue Urbano, Electronic, and Latin house and dance music. I have an amazing management company, Uno Dos Tres Management. It's run by video director Jessy Terrero and James Cruz, a pioneer in the music industry that’s managed people like 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Puffy, so I’ve got a nice team around me. I also write all my own music and my guys in Toronto, Crown Loyalty and Fito Blanco, they produce all my music, so it’s a beautiful collaboration and we’re shooting for an album soon hopefully.

Sounds awesome! So, when can we hear this music you’re talking about?

You can find me on Twitter @NegroMambi or @LazOfficial, but if you go to the @NegroMambi one, you can download the first single I just released for free—make sure you download the clean version [laughs]! It’s a Latin remix, sung all in Spanish, of a song by a French artist and it’s called “Te Quiero.”

Are there any plans for a video? You know us ladies want to see a video!

Absolutely, we’re going to have a video out in September for “Te Quiero” and Latina will be one of the first to have it!

Listen to "Te Quiero" below:

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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