by the El Reportero’s news services and Hispanically Speaking News
Spanish musicians are looking to Mexico for opportunities amid the deep economic recession that has hurt music sales and dampened concert attendance in their homeland.
Mexico is a dynamic market that offers Spanish musicians the chance to keep sharing their work with the world and earn a living from their art.
Carlos Garcia, director of planning for the Spanish Music Producers Association, or Promusicae, plans to travel to Mexico and the United States in coming days to try to find new markets.
“With the Spanish market having dropped so much, one of the increasingly necessary options is to go outside, both for the groups and their managers, and the music companies,” Garcia told Efe in a telephone interview.
Mexico is the No. 3 market for exports of Spanish music, trailing only the European Union and the United States, and is the market growing the most in Latin America, the Promusicae official said.
Several concert venues opened in Mexico last year, such as the Auditorio Blackberry, which has a seating capacity of about 4,000, and the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, which holds more than 22,000 people.
The festival has become one of the largest music events in Latin America.
Soziedad Alkoholika, Los Punsetes, Violadores del Verso, Mala Rodríguez, Dorian, Ska-p, Arianna Puello, Corizonas and Xoel López are the other bands performing in the 14th edition of the festival, which has the largest number of Spanish bands in its history on the 2013 bill.
Lifetime to Make Movie Based on Trial of Accused Murderer Jodi Arias
Currently on trial for killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008, Jodi Arias’ trial has made national headlines much like Casey Anthony.
Also like Anthony, Arias’ story is being made into a Lifetime movie.
Arias is being tried for first degree murder after admitting to killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Prior to admitting to the killing and claiming self-defense, Arias lied to police numerous times about what happened. She first claimed she was not at his Mesa, Arizona home when he was killed. She then changed her story to say intruders killed before finally admitting to ending Alexander’s life.
The trial has focused mainly Arias’ claims that she killed Alexander in self-defense, though she often claims to have forgotten what happened. On Friday, her defense team presented a psychologist who testified Arias has PTSD and that she really not remember a lot of what happened on the day of Alexander’s murder.
Danzón dancers will gather in international festival in Cuba
Danzon Lovers from Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba will gather here in the international Festival of that gender, celebrated in honor of the first song composed by Miguel Failde in 1879 on the island “Las Alturas de Simpson” (Simpson heights).
Havana Danzon also pays tribute to Consejo Valiente Robert (Santiago de Cuba, 1899), better known as Acerina, who was percussionist and drummer and led the Cuban Danzon to Mexico, on the centenary of this event.
Sponsored by the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, the event, to be held from March 27 to 31, is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the orchestra Siglo XX.
Speaking on television, the president of the organizing committee, the Cuban musician Jose Loyola, said the event is a tribute to the traditional Cuban music genre and that the festival is one way to keep it alive.
Concerts, conferences and dance competitions that include performances of new generations are among the proposals.