Pop and Rock

Since the days when Mexico was a serious rival to Hollywood in terms of film production and quality, The US’s closest Latin neighbour has been producing most of the biggest selling singers of Latin America. Their imagery of the Charro (cowboy) easily evolved into the modern day crooner in a way...
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In an era where bland music and meaningless lyrics pollute the airwaves, singer-songwriters such as Pablo Milanes, the legendary Cuban icon and one of the founders of Nueva Trova, are revered more than ever. His songs about the social changes that Cuba experienced after the Revolution in 1958, have...
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Love e'm or hate 'em, nobody can deny the power of a good love song. And nobody does it better than a Latino. No, not even Phil Collins and Bryan Adams. Actually, above all them. A sentimental song in English, just somehow makes you cringe. "Amor", however, well...it's OK...
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Born in Barcelona in 1979, Moreno got his Flamenco influence from his Andalucian dad. He grew up in a little Catalunyian village, playing in the streets and 'with a great sense of freedom' Moreno before emigrating to London
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Having made Ricky Martin's global career with the songs "Livin' La Vida Loca," "She Bangs" and "Shake Your Bon-Bon," Bobby Draco Rosa is considered Latin American music royalty. The two began together as teens in Latin America’s most successful boy band, yet...
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Before being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to British Music by PInk Floyd's David Gilmour at this year's the LUKAS Gala, few people knew much about this London born Latino. We invite you to get to know this Anglo-Colombian guitar legend and world...
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Rock nacional Argentino has a dynamic and eclectic history, not to mention legendary status in Latin America. I mean just their names make you want to listen to them. Who else but a mad Argy could come up with …Los Abuelos de la Nada (The Grandads of Nothing?) or Los Caballeros de la Quema (Burnt...
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If you’ve never heard of Luis Miguel, you’ve been living an empty life. In Latin America the Mexican crooner is bigger than Jesus. Reinventing the meaning of heart-throb, by the age of fifteen he was making Julio Yglesias tremble in his white slacks. An English girl testifies to his appeal…
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Spain, the land of passionate flamenco, bolero and copla, more recently fusions of reggeaton, hip hop and punk, but what’s wrong with good old romance, and when it comes to crooning no one does is better than the Spaniards (you protest? Latin Americans, you’ll have your chance)…meanwhile, here are...
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In the genre of Rock en Español, Argentina has stood out as the producer of some of the most distinctive, unique and talented artists in Latin America and Spain. Argentine rock has an instantly recognizable timbre and sound - the combined product of these outsanding singer-songwriters. They have...
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North-South Divide? What about North-South Harmony? While publishing Sergio Mendes’ desert Island discs, I came across a clip of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jobim singing together. I mean, two of the coolest men of all time; Frank, legs crossed, smoking his fag, looking in cool admiration while Tom sings...
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Kid Creole & The Coconuts created a generation of Latin music lovers in London in the early 1980s when he jetted in with a string of outstanding live shows and great albums. Now he's back. Due to perform at the Barbican as part of La Linea, Candela chased down the old fox to find out what...
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The man known as The Argentine Elvis was a national treasure. The funeral was held on January 5th at the Argentine national congress, usually reserved only for presidents or former presidents. The streets where lined with thousands of fans. Our Candela romantic gets caught up in the fever.
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