Mexican singer and songwriter Sofía Reyes has dropped her new single “Louder,” featuring Canadian artist Francesco Yates, and trumpeter Spencer Ludwig.
We had the opportunity to talk with new Latin urban sensation Messiah in the studio. If you haven’t heard of him yet, we are sure you will very soon. For the past 3 years Messiah has been causing lots of noise in the streets of New York, although his musical career started much before that with his duo Tali & Messiah.
Luis Jimenez, the king of morning Latin radio was back at it again at Carolines on Broadway in the heart of NYC. His hardcore fans are very loyal to him and will follow him everywhere he goes. Some fans came from as far as Boston and Pennsylvania to meet their radio Idol. The show started at midnight and we got to laugh with the cast of the Luis Jimenez show.
We also laughed with the opening comedians, Uruguayan, Aldo Marachlian, and from Hollywood’s wildly popular live Latina comedy show, The Hot Tamales, Kiki Melendez. We also got to hang out with one of our Favorite Dominican Platanoman, Ruperto Vanderpool, who also hit the stage. The show was completely sold out and the only one complaint we have is we wanted to see more of Luis’ stand-up!
For more than twenty years, Luis Jimenez has played host to the most popular and successful Spanish-speaking morning radio show in the country, keeping millions of listeners laughing with his razor sharp wit, side-splitting comedy skits and a colorful cast of supporting characters.
In September, he launched his own radio network, broadcasting his show live and uncensored through his website and new app that will be launching soon.
Los Rakas are duo from Oakland, California who have developed a style that is all their own, and they encourage people to do the same. This duo of Panamanian decent is composed of two cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun.
El Megaton Mundial de Polito Vega concluded with many highs and many lows. La Mega 97.9 may claim it was a total success on their site but for such a highly promoted event with some of the biggest headlining acts you would think people would leave happy, that was not the case on this night.
First and foremost Pitbull who was number 1 on the roster (or 2 after J. Lo?) did not show up and Jennifer Lopez was gone in the blink of an eye, according to fans who specifically went to see her. On El Jukeo, El Pacha reported that Pitbull decided not fly out of Miami despite the station’s efforts to get him to New York on time. They said Pitbull did not answer their phone calls and they also denied that artists were not paid for their performance. We don’t know if Pitbull has released a statement to fight these claims, but we’re interested in hearing what he has to say! Maybe he was still recovering from partying with Taylor Swift?
For me the biggest disappointment of the night was not that Pitbull was a no show, it was the fact that I had seat tickets but instead decided to stick around in the press room to get a close up and maybe a shout out from J. Lo. After all I was told everyone performing including her would make their way there. J. Lo, Wisin, and Tego Calderon were no where to be seen in the press room.
When I finally realized I was missing the whole show I made my way to the front of stage to catch what was left of the “historic” event. I went out to find Polito Vega sitting in his golden throne to receive a certificate of recognition from Cesar Perales, current Secretary of State. La Caballota Ivy Queen came out looking like something from another planet, and I say that in the best way possible. She looked like a creature from outer space with her silver sequined pants and scaly blue top. Her outfit all the way from her hair to her nails was just over the top, we loved it!
Anoche en el Madison Square Garden amando mis pieces de vestir. Gracias noel, finalmente logre vestir de @angelbrinks. Y Gracias al fabuloso @manzaresny por mi pieza azul personalizada. Me encanta mucho. Last night at Madison Square Garden loving my beautiful wardrobe pieces. Thanks to noel @lkl71111 i finally rock a @angelbrinks silver piece. Grateful for it. And Thank you to the fabulous @manzanaresny for my blue custom made piece. Loving it so much.
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Next was Tego Calderon, closing off the night with some Sandungueo, fire, and a confetti filled finale. Stay tuned for our video recap to see Ivy Queen and Tego in action!! According to our recapers in the seats La India saved the night with her tremendous voice, the audience enjoyed every moment until they cut her time short. Among others that gave a fantastic show was Jay Ruiz, Luis Enrique, Wisin, Hector Acosta ‘El Torito’, Elvis Crespo, Grupo Mania, Ivy Queen and Tego.
Check out photos from the NY Daily News on J. Lo’s Megaton performance and her most hottest moments…
Jennifer Lopez put her famous curves on display in a plunging bodysuit as she commanded the stage during the Mega 97.9 Megaton Concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 28, 2015 in New York City. READ MORE AT NYDAILYNEWS.COM
Té Para Tres is a documentary style TV show on Mega TV hosted by Emmy Nominated Producer Pili Montilla. The show is now in its 3rd season and aims to take you on a musical journey with some of the most interesting acts in Latin music. On Wednesday, October 21 we were present at the Classic Car Club in NYC to enjoy an exclusive look of what will be in store for the newest season.
Season 3 of Té Para Tres premiers tonight at 6pmPST/9pmEST on MegaTV and will feature NY based Experimental Electro-pop band Buscabulla. Don’t miss it!
Hispanic Heritage Month ended with a bang at NY’s annual Hispanic Day Parade on Sunday, October 11th. 20 Latin American countries and Spain displayed the best of what their countries offer. The yearly celebration is now in its 51st year and brings upwards of 800,000 people to the streets of Manhattan.
Every year The NY Daily News awards the cultural appreciation award to the country with the best song, dance, and dress. This year the lucky country to win was Panama with their colorful polleras, dangling ornaments, and exotic head decorations.
Sarandango, a Peruvian roots quartet led by singer Carlos Yamasaki performed on the Daily News Float.
“What makes Sarandango different is that I wanted to create a band that didn’t sound like the music of my mother, nor the criollo music that other people are making these days,” says Yamasaki, 29, who has been accompanying a who’s who of Latin music act for years – including his mother, legendary singer Eva Ayllon.
“I brought some old music back, to play it in my own style,” he adds, in reference to a range of influences that include rock, jazz, timba and salsa.
Photos by Ozmary Saldarriaga
President of Chile Michelle Bachelet was united with 50 Chilean Artists at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City to open a dialogue about what can be done to help in their efforts to promote Chilean Art and Culture abroad. The artists came from all areas including Visual Arts, Film, Dance, Design, Photography, Management and Production, Literature, Music, Theatre and Drama.
Carlos Vives opened the show with the beautiful sounds and rhythm of his beautiful Colombian country. Featuring key instruments like the native kuisi flute and of course the one that steals the show every time, the accordion. His energy, his unique sound kept everyone dancing from beginning to end. His charisma shows through as he dances, as he greets his fans, even allowing a young girl to come on stage for one of the biggest endearing hugs any artist has given.
As if there had not been enough dancing and singing, Marc Anthony lit up the stage and blew everyone away with his performance. The power behind his voice is phenomenal, and he showed everyone that if there is anything better than “Marc Anthony” on stage, it’s a “Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives” show! The two made their presence felt as they sang, danced and laughed together on stage before Anthony ended the night with a powerful encore. If you are a fan of life, you would have loved this one!
Photos by Willie C.