By Grace Bastidas | 10/08/2009 - 09:49
Way before artists like Juanes and Fonseca began tinkering with traditional Colombian sounds, Carlos Vives was introducing the world to the accordion-based music known as vallenato. In 1994, the former soap actor with the untamable hair updated rustic classics from Rafael Escalona and Emiliano Zuleta by adding a variety of drums and electric instruments that turned them into danceable folklore-rock-pop hybrids in an album titled Clasicos de la Provincia (remember the breakout hit “La Gota Fria”?).
By Mariela Rosario | 09/01/2009 - 12:00
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels recently released videos to family members of nine kidnapped hostages as proof that they were still alive.
Videos of the soldiers and police officers were handed over to Senator Piedad Cordoba, who has been acting as a liaison between the government and the rebel forces in an attempt to negotiate the release of the hostages. The videos come right on the heels of information that the FARC rebels recently released concerning two other soldiers who had been kidnapped in 2007 and 2008.
By Lee Hernandez | 08/26/2009 - 16:39
If you're in New York City, I strongly suggest you check out Reportorio Español's highly entertaining play, Insomnio Americano, a one-man show starring master improviser Saulo Garcia, a native of Antioquia, Colombia, who wants to unmask the American Dream as a tragicomic nightmare.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/13/2009 - 09:00
In the September issue of Latina, cover girl Shakira opened up to Entertainment Editor Angie Romero about her passion for education and her commitment to giving back through her Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation). Earlier this year, Shakira, 32, opened her fifth school in the La Playa district of her native Barranquilla, Colombia. Her schools currently serve some 5,000 children—as well as their parents—who have been displaced as a result of the long-standing war between the Colombian government and revolutionary armed forces.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 07/06/2009 - 12:11
Javier Florez, a soccer player for Atletico Junior, killed a fan on Sunday because he was among a group who blamed Florez for losing the title in the Apertura tournament against Once Caldas.
“The young men shouted at him, ‘Weak, weak,’ and he [Florez] turned around, took a gun and shot,” said a witness to the shooting, which took place in Barranquilla.
By Christine Estevez | 06/09/2009 - 15:05
Colombian singer, activist and heartthrob Juanes continues to raise awareness about the precarious working conditions for miners in Tumaco, Colombia. Tumaco is a town mainly known for the numerous mine causalities that take place there. Juanes welcomed the U.S. ship USNS Comfort on Sunday as part of an emergency medical mission. The USNS Comfort is a floating hospital that will offer medical attention to more than 10,000 Colombians who desperately need the care but cannot afford it. The ship will remain in Tumaco until June 16.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/25/2009 - 11:15
Salma Hayek is reportedly in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Noticia de un Secuestro. Argentinian screenplay writer Aida Bortnick has confirmed that the Mexicana actress is the strongest candidate to star in the adaptation of the Nobel prize winning author's gripping, non-fiction account of the infamous 1990 kidnapping by members of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel of Maruja Pachon de Villamizar, a Colombian journalist married to prominent politician Alberto Villamizar, and his sister, Beatriz.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/06/2009 - 14:45
The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani recently accompanied pop mega star Shakira on a trip through Colombia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children and education. They traveled to the north-west border province of Choco, a poor and remote location deep in the Colombian jungle to visit a school funded by Shakira.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2009 - 15:30
Chiquita International Brands is currently seeking dismissal of a nearly $8 billion lawsuit filed on behalf of about 400 Colombian families. In 2007, Chiquita admitted to giving money to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia or AUC. The AUC was deemed a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money. The corporation asked a judge to dismiss lawsuits claiming the banana company has a responsibility to the families of the victims of violent acts committed by the AUC.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 16:30
The Marxist FARC guerrillas recently admitted that they were behind the massacre of 8 Indians in the Southwest region of Colombia. Government officials and Human rights organizations had accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of killing 27 Awa Indians, but details hadn't emerged and members of the Awa community had admitted it was difficult to identify the attackers since the murders occurred at night.