Designer Esteban Cortazar Makes a Fashionable Comeback
By Alice Taranto | 08/03/2010 - 13:00

Diseñador colombiano Esteban Cortazar is back on the fashion scene! Previously the lauded creative director of Emanuel Ungaro (he left when the house brought Lindsay Lohan in as "artistic director") Cortazar just showed a fall 2010 collection at the recent Colombia-based Colombiamoda fair. The designer's past work for Emanuel Ungaro was young and fresh, but with a decided sophisticate twist.


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On Tour with Bomba Estereo
By Grace Bastidas | 07/30/2010 - 10:00

Colombian Electro-cumbia band Bomba Estereo have been on “fuego” ever since they made their U.S. debut in 2009 with the album Blow Up (Nacional Records)—and they’re not slowing down. Vocalist Li Saumet and producer Simón Mejía are fast at work on their next album as they continue to tour the country, shaking things up along the way. Latina.com had a chance to chat with Mejía before the band hit the stage in Chicago, and here’s what he had to say:


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Juanes Performs at Concert Celebrating Colombian Independence
By Alice Taranto | 07/23/2010 - 10:00

Any Colombianas out there? Colombia celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of their independence with a flurry of activities on July 20th. But the highlight of the day was a concert attended by around 10,000 people in Quibdo, the northwestern capital of Colombia's Choco department. 


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Ingrid Betancourt Requests Compensation from Colombia for Kidnapping
By Mariela Rosario | 07/15/2010 - 14:00

Ingrid Betancourt announced recently that she presented a request for conciliation to the government of Colombia. Betancourt, who was kidnapped while campaigning for the presidency of Colombia in 2002, was freed with 14 other hostages by the Colombian military during its "Operation Checkmate" in July, 2008. The request is the first step in seeking compensation for the six years she spent in FARC captivity.


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Angelina Jolie Visits Colombian Refugees
By Mariela Rosario | 06/21/2010 - 12:15

Angelina Jolie is visiting Ecuador to bring attention to Colombian refugees in honor of World Refugee Day. The violence and fighting that has been going on for decades between the FARC and the Colombian government has caused over a hundred thousand innocent people to flee the country. In addition to the refugees, many people do not know that Colombia is second only to the Darfur region of the Sudan with an estimated one million internally displaced people.


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Juanes to Debut New Single During the World Cup
By Grace Bastidas | 05/19/2010 - 16:00

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes took time off during his busy recording schedule this past Saturday to receive an award for his humanitarian work at the annual Fedex/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami. The event was a benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research center.


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Sound Check: Welcome to ChocQuib Town, You Won’t Want to Leave
By Grace Bastidas | 03/25/2010 - 13:51

ChocQuibTown has been burning up stages with their hip-hop fusion ever since breaking out in 2006 with Somos Pacificos, a record that garnered the Colombian act a Best New Artist nomination at last year’s Grammys. They recently released their sophomore effort, Oro out on Nacional Records (10.99, amazon.com), and are still in high demand.


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Sound Check: Idol in the Making Gustavo Galindo Prepares his Big Debut
By Grace Bastidas | 03/22/2010 - 12:00

Though we have a long-standing love affair with Colombian rockero Juanes, lately our hearts have been beating for another guitar-clutching singer/songwriter. His name is Gustavo Galindo and last week he turned the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas into a veritable smooch-fest with his romantic ballads. Billboard.com immediately dubbed him an “idol-to-watch” after his performance on Wednesday night.


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International Manhunt For Colombian Lingerie Model Turned Drug Gang Leader
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/25/2010 - 09:54

Police believe that a former lingerie model is the leader of one the world’s largest drug gangs. An international arrest warrant is reportedly in affect for Angie Sanselmente Valencia, 30, who recruited gorgeous models she described as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels” to traffic drugs from South America through Cancun, Mexico and into Europe. The women were paid around five thousand dollars for each trip they made and reportedly one model boarded a plane every 24 hours.


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Controversial Push for Miss Colombia to Get a Nose Job
By Mariela Rosario | 02/08/2010 - 11:57

Ever since Natalia Navarro was crowned Miss Colombia back in November 2009, she has generated controversy. Everything from her use of colloquial "street" Spanish to her physical appearance has come under scrutiny in her native Colombia, where beauty pageants and the cult of perfection inspire passionate debate.


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