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Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz at AMAs 2013

25 Nov

The most talked about performance at last night’s American Music Awards, without a doubt, belongs to Jennifer Lopez!

Her tribute to the “Reina de la Salsa”, Celia Cruz, had everyone in the crowd doing more than just a two-step. From a Latina’s perspective, the most beautiful thing about this performance was that it blended what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to and what I have grown up to. It blended decades of Latin music and, in particular, represented the integration of Latin and North American culture. If you grew up in a Latin household, Celia Cruz is no foreign name! Of course, in today’s media, neither is Jennifer Lopez!

See the full length performance below:

Jennifer Lopez is a top name when it comes to entertaining the audience, bringing us top notch performances and providing a brilliant spectacle. She has amazed us for years; from her early days dancing “In Living Color”, to her acting debut in Selena, to the 2013 AMAs. From today’s media frenzy, there is no doubt there is much more to come from her!

Celia Cruz is the top female in Latin music. Her legacy is one that cannot be overcome! As much as I liked Jennifer’s performance, I would have liked to see more Latina entertainers taking part in this performance. For example, Olga Tañon and/or Gloria Estefan would have blown the roof off the AMAs. Their voices would have better reflected the talent that Celia Cruz brought to the music industry. Having them on stage together would truly be the epitome of Latina empowerment in the music industry. Who knows, maybe the Latin Grammys have that up their sleeve for an upcoming year. We can only hope!

Overall, I’m super delighted that the Latin American culture was highlighted in such a beautiful way. I particularly love how welcome it was, not only by everyone at the venue, but by the audiences at home and the media. I’m proud that our culture has come such a long way in the North American media; from the past days of Celia Cruz to the current days of Jennifer Lopez.

Con Amor,
Christie

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LOISAIDAS in Toronto! Mucha Bachata!

11 Mar

Loisaidas, the bachateros from lower east side Manhattan, were in Toronto Friday March 4th, 2011 for their debut show here in Canada. I had the chance of hanging out with the boys for an exclusive interview prior to their show at Las Brisas Nightclub which turned out to be a full house event.

I arrived to the conference room of the hotel they were staying at to have Aquiles open the door with a welcoming smile, and I must admit his good looks definitely struck me but also proved to me what a warm and down to earth gentlemen he truly is. A couple of minutes later, Isaiah joined us in the conference room and right away noticed his shy yet charming presence. As I had mentioned in my previous post on Loisaidas, the boys proved themselves to be so real, not only thru their music but thru the way that they presented themselves. Watch the video below to check out the full interview and judge for yourself!

Following the interview I headed over to Las Brisas Nightclub to check out the show and of course the boys did not disappoint! The crowd was very excited to have them there and welcomed them by singing along to every one of the song lyrics, and even by requesting songs which the boys gladly accepted. Even with technical difficulties of Isaiah’s keyboard the boys definitely put on a show and once they got the keyboard working Isaiah played a beautiful solo which truly showcased his talent. Check out the following video so you can get a glimpse of the performance:

Loisaidas performed their top hits like “Ayer” and “No Me Dejes” and complimented their performance by inviting two ladies on stage with them, one got sang to by Aquiles and the other danced bachata with Isaiah. But of course, I got the icing on the Loisaidas cake when Isaiah walked on stage and warmly smiled at me and Aquiles sang directly to me during their first song. Below are some pictures from their performance:

Loisaidas on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Aquiles on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Isaiah on stage at Brisas Nightclub

 Overall, Aquiles and Isaiah were really excited about performing and being in Canada, even with the delays they experienced at the Canadian border and the chaotically short trip.  I am still incredibly surprised to learn that Isaiah is not of Latin American decent yet he has this passion for bachata as music and as art to not only perform it but create it. It is evident that both Isaiah and Aquiles have an insane amount of talent and there is no doubt that the approach they are currently taking towards the industry will bring them a long way. Below is an image of the boys and I following their interview:

Loisaidas and I after the exclusive interview

There is no question that no matter how big the struggles are that the boys face within the industry, as they mentioned in the interview, they should still continue to fight since they have so much talent. Even though it is still fairly early in their careers they have achieved so much and have been recognized in ways that other artists still strive for. The attitudes that Loisaidas has towards the industry will definitely take them a long way, they are true to their roots and constantly remind themselves that ‘it is just music”; yet it is music that they create which touches the hearts of so many bachateros and bachateras. It was a pleasure spending time with Aquiles and Isaiah and I definitely hope they come back for another performance in the near future. Oh and ladies, Isaiah is not being treated too well by us so next time he’s in town let’s be sure to show him our love and attention!

For more information on Loisaidas check out their Facebook Fan Page , their Twitter account and of course www.loisaidas.net.

With Love,

Christie