Afro-Spanish Singer Buika Bares All in "El Ultimo Trago"
By Grace Bastidas | 10/22/2009 - 12:25

“In El Ultimo Trago, Buika celebrates all the incarnations of passion, from the most glowing to the darkest. She does so in a thrilling and original way,” writes director Pedro Almodovar in the liner notes of Spanish songstress Concha Buika’s latest album, an emotional tribute to 90-year-old Chavela Vargas, an iconic Mexican singer known for her raw, raspy voice and heart-wrenching performances.

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More Presenters Announced for Upcoming Latin Grammy Awards
By Grace Bastidas | 10/21/2009 - 13:50

The Latin Recording Academy is keeping us on the edge of our seats as they slowly announce performers for the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, set to air on Nov. 5 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The co-hosts will be actor/comedian Eugenio Derbez and actress/singer Lucero, both from Mexico.

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Another Calle 13 Show Cancelled
By Grace Bastidas | 10/20/2009 - 12:18

Calle 13 is dealing with the consequences of singer Rene Perez’s political leanings (and t-shirts) during Los Premios MTV on Sunday evening. First, the duo’s upcoming Halloween concert in Puerto Rico was cancelled. Now, Colombia is following suit and closing the door on the guys.

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Mexican Singer Thalia Tones it Down
By Grace Bastidas | 10/19/2009 - 11:27

Thalia looks like a full-fledged mommy in the new video for “Equivocada,” the first single from her upcoming CD/DVD Thalia en Primera Fila, out Dec. 1 on Sony. Before giving birth to her daughter, Sabrina Sakaë, two years ago, the 38-year-old Mexican pop star was more of a hot mamacita with her navel-grazing tops, shimmery outfits and bombshell coifs. But these days she’s dressing decidedly casual.

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The Best of the Best Step out for Los Premios MTV
By Grace Bastidas | 10/16/2009 - 14:52

There was a lot of tongue action during the eighth annual Los Premios MTV on Thursday night. And just to clarify, I’m referring to the pink “lengua” statuettes that are given to winners—shame on you for thinking otherwise! Co-hosted by Calle 13’s outspoken Residente and Portuguese songstress Nelly Furtado, the main ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles and featured performances from award shows prerecorded in three rocking Latin American capitals: Mexico City, Bogotá and Buenos Aires.

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Alejandro Sanz Needs Your Help
By Grace Bastidas | 10/15/2009 - 13:00

As if you needed a push to watch the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 5, The Latin Recording Academy has just announced some of the musicians expected to perform at this year’s ceremony. The list includes David Bisbal, Shaila Dúrcal, Luz Ríos and Puerto Rican act Calle 13 singing “La Perla” with Panamanian Ruben Blades. But the highlight is bound to be Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz, who is letting you choose the tune he will belt out.

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Watch: The White House Throws a Fiesta Latina
By Grace Bastidas | 10/14/2009 - 12:20

President Obama and wife Michelle Obama moved to a very different beat last night when the White House, or in this case “La Casa Blanca,” hosted a star-studded concert titled Fiesta Latina.

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Monday Night Football, A Star-Studded Hispanic Heritage Celebration
By Grace Bastidas | 10/13/2009 - 12:51

The famous new minority owners of the Miami Dolphins strutted their stuff for their football team last night during a game against the New York Jets. Part owner (and pinstripe-suited) Marc Anthony sang the national anthem while his wife, Jennifer Lopez, clapped from the bleachers. Fellow stake-holder Gloria Estefan also performed in a video that preceded a half-time spectacular produced by husband Emilio Estefan in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Q&A: Thalía Finally Returns
By Grace Bastidas | 10/09/2009 - 09:37

Thalía is back. The 38-year-old singer may have taken some time off to be a mom but she never forgot her fans. Her upcoming acoustic CD/DVD, Primera Fila, shows a different, more casual side to the Mexican pop star. And if you’re wondering if her voice can stand up to the new material, listen to “Equivocada,” the first release from the record and decide for yourself (song is below). I recently caught up with artist to talk about her work:

How is the new album different from your previous work?

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Carlos Vives Plays Hard to Get
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”?).

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