Nat Geo Releasing Docuseries Episode About the Late Gustavo Cerati

Gustavo Cerati is getting an emotional special…

National Geographic Latin America‘s TV network has released a poignant teaser for its upcoming docuseries episode about the Argentine singer-songwriter, composer and producer, considered one of the most important and influential figures of Ibero-American rock.

Gustavo Cerati

In the 30-second clip, the late Soda Stereo frontman sings “Happy Birthday” to his then baby son Benito in an archival home video shot by the Argentine musician himself.

The Cerati episode from Nat Geo’s BIOS series is due out in late fall for viewing in Latin America, according to a press release from the channel.

In the series, which is also set to include an episode about Argentine rock pioneer Charly Garcia, a participatory narrator follows the path of the subject’s life and career.

In this case, Chilean pop artist Javiera Mena will reveal the details about Cerati, through interviews with his children, Benito and Lisa; his former wife, Cecilia Amenábar, and others. The episode will show previously unseen footage.

September 4 will mark four years since Cerati died after having an aneurysm and going into a coma following a concert in 2010. As part of the now legendary Soda Stereo and with his subsequent solo career, he transcended his enormous popularity in Argentina to become one of the most influential artists that the Spanish-speaking world has known.

The two-hour documentary episode was directed by Sebastián Ortega, who is well-known in Argentina for his extensive work in television. “Gustavo Cerati is one of the greatest poets of our contemporary music,” Ortega said in the announcement from Nat Geo. “An artist with great sensitivity and unique inspiration who gave us some of the most original songs of Ibero-America of all time.”

Garcia to Receive Honorary Doctorate from National University of San Martin

Charly Garcia will be rockin’ the halls of National University of San Martin soon…

Next week, the 62-year-old Argentine rock singer-songwriter will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of “his inestimable contribution to music and culture,” the National University of San Martin has announced.

Charly Garcia

“Charly is the musician with the most academic and classical preparation in the history of Argentine rock,” university chancellor Carlos Ruta said in a statement.

Garcia’s body of work “reveals the vigor of a great creativity” responsible for art that has become an integral part of the national culture, Ruta said.

Garcia, a recipient of the Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, has recorded more than 45 albums – including several that went platinum – and is regarded as the father of rock in Spanish.

“Latin America’s first and most legendary rock idol” will perform a few songs during Monday’s ceremony, the university said.

Billboard Launches First Spanish-Language Title, Billboard Argentina

Billboard is now en español…

The international music magazine has debuted its first-ever Spanish-language edition with Billboard Argentina, which launched this week.

Billboard Argentina

The monthly, glossy publication will be Billboard’s 5th international property joining Brazil, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

Billboard Argentina, published by Sociedad de Editores ABC 1, will feature original content from Argentina as well as select Billboard charts and content from Billboard Magazine.

Jorge Arias and Hernán Simó, partners in Sociedad de Editores, will preside over the publication as CEO and Editor In Chief, respectively.

Unlike other music titles in Argentina like Rolling Stone, Billboard Argentina is dedicated 100% to music and geared toward the music fan, but it will also feature industry-leaning news.

The cover of the inaugural, 82-page edition is iconic Argentine rocker Charly Garcia, who sat down for an in-depth interview for the cover story, and the pages of the first issue include other artist features and reviews as well as industry analysis, including stories on Quincy Jones and Leo Fender and an interview with the president of Sony Argentina. The Billboard charts that run in the magazine include the Billboard 200, the Billboard Hot 100 and the Social 50.

Billboard Argentina printed 20,000 copies of its first issue, but Simó said plans call for double that number within the year.