• Internationally-renowned Afro-Cuban All Stars rock Honolulu

    By José Villa, Senior Editor Hawaii Hispanic News HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Afro-Cuban All Stars (ACAS) is a unique orchestra that has always been devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles. Over the years many of the band's musicians have become...

  • New social media campaign covers all the bases in reaching Latino youth

    LatinaLista -- There are two indisputable truths about young people: They are the future and they are the YouTube generation. To young people, filming and posting their own videos -- that they shoot with their smart phones -- is second nature. They don't even think about it twice but a new social...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Sharing love of Mexican history and culture one dance at a time

    LatinaLista -- With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, no fiesta is complete without two symbols of Mexican culture -- mariachis and folkloric dancers. Swirling bright-colored skirts, whipping braided hair decorated with ribbons while performing quick toe-heel tapping dance steps, folkloric dancers attempt to recreate a little bit of Mexico's cultural...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Giving the gift of culture to kids who need it most

    LatinaLista -- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. is the time of day when kids, who have no adult supervision, are most at risk for getting into trouble. Ideally, these kids should be enrolled in programs that don't just keep them busy but teach them new lessons, challenge them to...

  • Famed filmmaker preserves Latino culture via a “Latinopia” of videos

    LatinaLista -- Jesus Salvador Treviño (no relation to Latina Lista btw) is well known in Hollywood for being a trailblazing Latino filmmaker -- he was one of the first to document the Chicano movement in Los Angeles in the 1960s; he directed the first cable TV show targeting the Latino market, Showtime's...

  • Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum offers full slate of programs, exhibits and galleries — only a click away

    LatinaLista.net -- While debate is still raging on the feasibility of creating the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C., which would focus on American Latino art, history and culture, there is already a Latino museum open and accessible to everyone in the country -- via computer. Launched in 2009...

  • San Antonio holds world’s best musicians and vocalists

    By Cristina Blackwell La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO -- Texas' largest and longest running mariachi music event of its kind is preparing for its 2010 festival in San Antonio starting this week until December 5. The 16th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is an eight-day mariachi music festival that brings together...

  • Univision launches new section that is all about la musica

    LatinaLista -- Regardless of how well a U.S. Latino speaks Spanish, there's one area that unites all different generations of Latinos -- la musica. While iTunes has their "Latin" department, there aren't a lot of places to turn to find the latest Spanish musical artists. Univision hopes to change that. Launched last...

  • Reggae group creates special song to raise money to “solar electrify” hospitals and clinics in Haiti

    LatinaLista -- As Mother Nature continues to show her strength around the world, we are reminded that there does exist rich countries and poor countries. The poor countries still suffer from the effects of natural disasters long after they happen. Such is the case with Haiti. The impact of the massive earthquake...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Group shares loves of Spanish choral music with special outreach

    LatinaLista -- Think of Latin music and merengue, mariachi, salsa and even reggaeton may pop first into people's minds, but choral music? Most people don't even realize that within the Latino culture there is a rich legacy of choral music and it's the mission of Washington, DC-based, Coral Cantigas, to enlighten everyone....

  • Linda Ronstadt continues sharing her talents but in a new venue

    By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris SAN FRANCISCO -- Linda Ronstadt is an iconic international singer. Her many vocal styles, in a variety of genres, have resonated with the general public over the course of her four decade career. As a result, she has earned multiple Grammy awards, two Academy of...

  • Musical artists create Arizona boycott campaign over immigration bill

    LatinaLista -- The list of who is boycotting Arizona because of their passage of SB 1070 -- which makes law enforcement officials stop, question and demand proof of legal residency of anyone whom they feel is in the country illegally -- just got longer. It's reported that the lead singer of Rage...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Pairing professional musicians to mentor low-income music students

    LatinaLista -- Austin, Texas is known as a music mecca. After all, it's home to the SXSW Music Festival (South by Southwest), one of the most international gatherings of musical artists. With all that musical talent in one town, it makes sense that a program could be created to pair professional musicians...

  • Lila Downs in Paris

    By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris HOLLYWOOD - Lila Downs is an enigmatic singer who has transcended international boarders with her unique vocal styling. She has gained critical acclaim and legions of fans from throughout the world. She sings from her heart. Her honesty is ethereal, her performances dramatic and viscerally...

  • Songs protesting racism is focal point of new Latino music contest

    LatinaLista -- Music isn't just lyrics set to music in the Latino community. For generations, it's also been a way to chronicle various protest movements within the history of Latinos in the United States. The most recent has been the immigration marches of 2006, and now the newly signed Arizona Senate Bill...

  • Is talent competition a false American Idol?

    By Lorenzo Tijerina La Prensa de San Antonio.- Chicago-based talent search event scheduled to come to SA, suddenly cancels amid allegations of foul play. Amid controversy and allegations of foul play Riverwalk Plaza Hotel cancelled sponsorship of Hispanic talent competition Festicanto. According to an advertisement placed in La Prensa Newspaper--which was also...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Opening the doors to top-tier American orchestras for Latino and Black student musicians

    LatinaLista Among the nation's classical musical orchestras, blacks and Latinos only constitute 5% of the musicians. A man by the name of Aaron P. Dworkin vowed to change those dismal statistics. With a vision to make classical music reflect the nation's cultural diversity and have it play a role in the everyday...

  • First Texas Hispanic DJ earns radio’s top honor

    By Ramon Hernandez La Prensa de San Antonio SAN ANTONIO -- KSAH's Alberto Alegre has the unique distinction of being the only Texas Hispanic disc jockey recognized by a task force of broadcasters as the one radio personality who stands out among his peers. Alegre has earned the title of best "Spanish...

  • New site puts a new spin on rap music

    LatinaLista — When people talk of hiphop, it's understood that it's not just about the music. Hiphop and rap represent a whole subculture that overtook the music industry and made the nation aware that urban youth face a totally different life experience than youth living in the burbs. Over time, even though...

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires eagerly awaits the reopening of its premier opera house, Teatro Colón

    By Cecilia Mansilla ARGENTINA: Milan has La Scala. New York City has the New York Metropolitan and then there's the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Munich National Theater and the Paris Opera. In Buenos Aires, we have the Colon Theater or better known here as Teatro Colón. Teatro Colón was opened in...

  • Argentina: Still mourning the death of folk singer Mercedes Sosa

    By Cecilia Mansilla               ARGENTINA: The death of the "voice of Latin America," Mercedes Sosa, was an Argentinean story. As a result, October 2009 was a really sad month for us. It was when we lost one of our biggest artists.   She was best known...

  • The unsolved deaths of the women in Juarez live on in song and art

    LatinaLista — It is said that music is timeless. Unfortunately, some heartbreaking crimes are also timeless as long as they remain unsolved. Join the two together -- music and an unsolved crime and the results are lyrics that are haunting, memorable and serve as the voice of the victims. That's the case...

  • Taking the lead to keep classical music alive among a new generation

    Professional symphony music conductor Sonia Marie De León de Vega shares her love of classical music with families and Latino communities through programs and concerts that bring classical music "home." LatinaLista — When most young girls dream of a career in music, it usually includes visions of strutting across a stage in...

  • Albany’s public radio station goes Latin Alternative

    LatinaLista — If the names Manu Chao, Café Tacvba and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs sound familiar then you're probably a fan of Latin alternative music. The folks at Albany's public radio station WEXT 97.7 are hedging their bets that there are a lot of Latin alternative music fans and want to reach them...

  • World premiere of Estilo Hip Hop celebrates how dance empowers young people

    LatinaLista — As the world mourns the passing of Michael Jackson by celebrating his musical legacy, it can't be said enough that MJ's dance style influenced generations of people who found the ultimate freedom of expression through dance. One of those dance styles that later emerged was Hip Hop. Hip Hop empowered...