Music articles

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 with children who

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 challenging. Lila is

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 1070 is inspiring

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 pulled after the

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 lives of young