Mala Rodriguez to Perform During the Virtual Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mala Rodriguez is offering a special alternative for people stuck at home during this coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old Spanish Latin Grammy-winning rapper will take this in this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, which will be held live online.

Mala Rodriguez

This year, the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will officially kick off on Tuesday, June 9 withg a variety of virtual industry panels, workshops and showcases that will live.

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and as the nation begins to reopen gradually, the LAMC‘s five-day virtual conference includes timely panels like “The Future of Touring” with panelists Jordi Puig (OCESA), Phil Rodriguez (Move Concerts) and Sebastian De la Barra (Lotus Producciones).

And, “Mental Health and the Creative Community” presented by MusiCares and the Latin Grammys featuring Carla MorrisonKany GarcíaAna Tijoux and Guaynaa.

LAMC’s Talks with Billboard Latin will feature Leila Cobo‘s fireside chats with Walter Kolm and ChocQuibTown‘s GloriaGoyo” Martínez.’

Rodriguez will perform on June 9 as part of peermusic‘s showcase. Other participating artists include Thee SinseersGaby Moreno and Lido Pimienta.

Francisca ValenzuelaTatiana HazelLos Caligaris, among others will perform during the LAMC. 

On closing night, LAMC will celebrate Pride Month with performances by Kany García, MabilandCirco and Javiera Mena.

“Providing a forum to discuss the issues we face and the potential solutions that lie ahead is key as we look towards the future,” LAMC founder Tomas Cookman said in a previous statement. “Although the days ahead may be slightly different for a time, we should always keep in mind there is very much a future as music is a human and global emotion. We are lending our hand by making the conference free for all and having a team of professionals join us in making sure the LAMC experience is as informative and technologically seamless as can be.”

Check out the full schedule on the LAMC website.

Mon Laferte to Perform at the Immigrant Rights-Themed “Selena for Sanctuary” Concert

Mon Laferte is taking on the music of a legend… And it’s all for a good cause.

The 35-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter will perform at “Selena for Sanctuary,” a free concert that’s part of the summer festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Mon Laferte 

The concert aims to raise awareness about the dire situation of undocumented immigrant that has caused a national outcry, with the music of Selena being used to entertain and educate people about the plight of undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

“I am very excited to be part of this event,” said Laferte, a Latin Grammy winner. “I admire Selena and I grew up singing her songs. It is an honor for me to be able to sing her songs and to support this initiative with a subject like migration, which concerns us all.”

The show will also feature singers Gaby Moreno, Cuco and Nina Diaz, as well as special guest appearances by guitarist Chris Perez, Selena’s widower; Omar Apollo, and August Eve.

Created by Doris Munoz, daughter of undocumented immigrants, “Selena for Sanctuary” pays tribute to the most successful artist in Latin music while fighting for a cause. It arrives at the outdoor stage of the prestigious Lincoln Centerafter having smaller editions in South California.

“This event started as a simple idea and call to action after the current administration threatened our community’s sanctuary cities which affected my working-class undocumented parents,” Munoz said, referring to the policies of President Donald Trump.

She added: “It only feels necessary to leverage the platform we have been blessed with to help our community in need. This event is as personal as it gets, there are millions of families like my own and if this inspires at least one person to get involved we’ve done our job.”

More than two decades after her passing, Selena Quintanilla still inspires fans and musicians alike.

“We know Selena is a Tejano music icon and a legend, but beyond that, she represents the Latin American people as someone who fought for her dreams, overcoming many difficulties, always defending tooth and nail the Latino roots she carried inside,” Moreno said in an email.

Selena broke barriers for women in Latin music and opened the floodgates for a new generation of contemporary artists of Latin descent who would go on to enjoy huge popularity with mainstream American audiences.

She was fatally shot by her fan club’s president at 23. She has sold more than 65 million units worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist in Latin music history.

To Cuco, the late Tejano star launched a new era of representation for people of color in the industry.

“This event is important to me because it paves a way for people that went through the same struggle that my parents went through,” said the Mexican-American singer.

Gaby Moreno Joins Voices with Van Dyke Parks to Cover David Rudder’s “The Immigrants” for Charity

Gaby Moreno is lending her voice to the fight for immigrant rights…

The 36-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist and Grammy winner has joined voices with iconic musician Van Dyke Parks to reimagine the classic David Rudder song “The Immigrants” in the name of charity.

Gaby Moreno

“I am a Guatemalan immigrant,” Moreno said in a statement. “This country welcomed me 18 years ago. It breaks my heart to see the events taking place at the border right now. We all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to be received into this country with more love and empathy.”

Parks echoes those sentiments, saying the new version of the song originally released 20 years ago “has a political punch, while also being joyful and underscoring how our culture is refreshed by immigrants like Gaby, and how those who arrive here can really redefine, and help build America.”

Rudder, a Trinidadian Calypso recording artist, wrote the song in response to an attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by New York police officers.

The song can be heard on major streaming platforms and is available for purchase.

Funds will be provided to CARECEN, a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural diversity and works for social and economic justice.

Gaby Moreno Signs Global Publishing Deal with peermusic

Gaby Moreno is going global…

The 35-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter has signed an exclusive global publishing deal with peermusic.

Gaby Moreno

Yvonne Drazan, the West Coast Vice President of peermusic’s Latin Division, and Julio Bagué, Vice President of the Latin Division for the East Coast and Puerto Rico, announced the signing.

Moreno, a bilingual singer who lives in Los Angeles, has advantageously bridged the English- and Spanish-language markets, performing in pop, bolero and vintage jazz and blues styles with equal appeal.

Moreno first gained attention in 2006 when she won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Song of the Year award, a first for a song in the Latin category.

Moreno was an Emmy nominee in 2010 as co-writer of the theme song for the series Parks and Recreation, and was named the Latin Grammy Best New Artist in 2013. Her latest solo album, Ilusiones, was released in 2016.

“One of the things that I’ve tried to do throughout my career is to let my music be guided by what inspires me and not be afraid to push creative boundaries,” Moreno said in an announcement from peermusic. “I want to work with people who value and share that vision, so bringing my catalog to peermusic and partnering with Yvonne, Julio and the rest of their team was a natural decision.”

The signing marks “the culmination of a year-long pursuit and negotiation,” according to Drazan.

“From the first moment I heard Gaby’s voice, I knew that I had to work with her,” she said. “Her ability to seamlessly blend Latin music with American folk is unmatched, and as a songwriter she has a point of view that is at once familiar yet unique.”

Ozomatli Giving Latin Classics a Reggae Twist on New Album “Nonstop Mexico to Jamaica”

Ozomatli is mixing things up…

The Latin hip hop and rock band is giving classic and iconic Latin songs a reggae twist on their upcoming album Nonstop Mexico to Jamaica.

Ozomatli

The album is a collection of re-imagined versions of songs like “Bésame mucho,” “Noa noa” and “Tragos amargos.”

Teaming up with other Latin superstars like Juanes, Régulo Caro and Gaby Moreno for the new versions of the “oldies but goodies,” the album pays tribute to music and artists Ozomatli members grew up listening to.

“Anyone who is 8 or 80 will recognize ‘Sabor a mi‘ or ‘Bésame mucho,’ and with these new renditions, these classics become reborn, allowing a whole new generation to sing, dance and keep the legends alive,” Ozomatli’s percussionist and MC Justin “El Niño” Porée says.

Following a career spanning 21 years, Nonstop Mexico to Jamaica will be the Los Angeles-based band’s first album that will include mostly all-Spanish songs.

“This record is yet another stop on a journey that shall be continued … It seems that our natural tendency to embrace difference is being challenged and we want the world to know we stand in solidarity with those that see diversity as a beautiful blessing for all.”

Jesse & Joy Claim Their First-Ever Grammy Award

It’s a special first for Jesse & Joy

The Mexican duo, comprised of Jesse Huerta and his sister Joy Huerta, picked up their first ever gramophone at Sunday’s Grammy Awards show.

Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy, six-time Latin Grammy winners, including four in 2012, took home the award for Best Latin Pop Album for their critically acclaimed album Un Besito Mas, which won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at last year’s Latin Grammys.

The siblings beat out strong studio efforts from Gaby Moreno, Laura Pausini, Sanalejo and Diego Torres for their first Grammy.

Kirstie Maldonado is now a three-time Grammy winner.

The 24-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members won a gramophone Sunday night in anew category.

Pentatonix and Dolly Parton took home the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their remix of Parton’s iconic hit “Jolene.”

The five-member a cappella group had previously won back-to-back Grammys in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella category in 2015 and 2016.

Chucho Valdés has earned the sixth gramophone of his career, and his first since 2009.

The 75-year-old Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, whose career spans over 50 years, picked up the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for his latest work, Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac.

Vicente Fernández has won his third career Grammy…

The 76-year-old Mexican singer, nicknamed “El Rey de la Música Ranchera,” won the Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Grammy for his album Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo).

The first time’s the charm for Ile

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer, composer, and vocalist, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, took home her first Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for her first solo album iLevitable, which was released in June 2016. 

For 10 years, Ile, whose real name is Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, was the sole female singer of Calle 13, performing along with her brothers René Pérez Joglar (“Residente“) and Eduardo Cabra Joglar (“Visitante“).

The late Jose Lugo and his band Guasábara Combo won the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album for Donde Están?

Lugo died last June at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer.

Giancarlo Guerrero proved to be the big winner of the night, picking up three Grammys.

The 47-year-old Costa Rican conductor, the music director of the Nashville Symphony, took home the awards for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Classical Compendium and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work on the Nashville Symphony’s Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway project.

Here’s a look at the winners at the 59th annual Grammy Awards:

GENERAL FIELD

Album Of The Year25 — Adele

Record Of The Year“Hello” — Adele

Song Of The Year“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

Best New ArtistChance The Rapper

POP FIELD

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Pop Vocal Album25 — Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance“Hello” — Adele

Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumSummertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD

Best Dance Recording“Don’t Let Me Down” — The Chainsmokers featuring Daya

Best Dance/Electronic AlbumSkin — Flume

CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FIELD

Best Contemporary Instrumental AlbumCulcha Vulcha  — Snarky Puppy

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Song“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)

Best Rock Performance“Blackstar” — David Bowie

Best Metal Performance“Dystopia” — Megadeth

Best Rock AlbumTell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music AlbumBlackstar — David Bowie

R&B FIELD

Best Urban Contemporary AlbumLemonade — Beyoncé

Best R&B Performance“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance“Angel” — Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song“Lake By the Ocean” — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best R&B AlbumLalah Hathaway Live — Lalah Hathaway

RAP FIELD

Best Rap AlbumColoring Book — Chance The Rapper

Best Rap Performance“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Best Rap/Sung Performance“Hotline Bling” — Drake

Best Rap Song“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance“My Church” — Maren Morris

Best Country Duo/Group Performance“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton

Best Country Song“Humble and Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

Best Country AlbumA Sailor’s Guide to Earth — Sturgill Simpson

NEW AGE FIELD

Best New Age AlbumWhite Sun II — White Sun

JAZZ FIELD

Best Improvised Jazz Solo“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” — John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal AlbumTake Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter 

Best Jazz Instrumental AlbumCountry for Old Men — John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble AlbumPresidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom — Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz AlbumTribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac — Chucho Valdés

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD

Best Gospel Performance/Song“God Provides” — Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song“Thy Will” — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains

Best Gospel AlbumLosing My Religion — Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music AlbumLove Remains — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family   

Best Roots Gospel AlbumHymns — Joey+Rory

LATIN FIELD

Best Latin Pop AlbumUn Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative AlbumiLevitable — ile

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) — Vicente Fernández

Best Tropical Latin AlbumDonde Están? — Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD

Best American Roots Performance“House of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz

Best American Roots Song“Kid Sister” — Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)

Best Americana AlbumThis Is Where I Live — William Bell

Best Bluegrass AlbumComing Home — O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor

Best Traditional Blues AlbumPorcupine Meat — Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues AlbumThe Last Days of Oakland — Fantastic Negrito

Best Folk AlbumUndercurrent — Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music AlbumE Walea — Kalani Pe’a

REGGAE FIELD

Best Reggae AlbumZiggy Marley — Ziggy Marley

WORLD MUSIC FIELD

Best World Music AlbumSing Me Home — Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

CHILDREN’S FIELD

Best Children’s AlbumInfinity Plus One — Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy AlbumTalking for Clapping — Patton Oswalt

MUSICAL THEATER

Best Musical Theater AlbumThe Color Purple — Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual MediaMiles Ahead — Miles Davis & Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual MediaStar Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls

COMPOSING/ARRANGING FIELD

Best Instrumental Composition“Spoken At Midnight” — Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella“You and I” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals“Flintstones” — Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

PACKAGE FIELD

Best Recording PackageBlackstar — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition PackageEdith Piaf 1915-2015 — Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)

NOTES FIELD

Best Album NotesSissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along — Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)

HISTORICAL FIELD

Best Historical AlbumThe Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition) — Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, Non-ClassicalBlackstar — David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen, Tony Visconti & Joe LaPorta (David Bowie)

Producer Of The YearNon-ClassicalGreg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording“Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)” — André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)

SURROUND SOUND FIELD

Best Surround Sound AlbumDutilleux: Sur La Mêe Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement — Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Engineered Album, ClassicalCorigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, ClassicalDavid Frost

CLASSICAL FIELD

Best Orchestral FieldShostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 — Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera RecordingCorigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Best Choral PerformancePenderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 — Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble PerformanceSteve Reich — Third Coast Percussion

Best Classical Instrumental SoloDaugherty: Tales Of Hemingway — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Solo Vocal AlbumShakespeare Songs — Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)

Best Classical CompendiumDaugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical CompositionDaugherty: Tales Of Hemingway — Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD

Best Music Video“Formation” — Beyoncé

Best Music FilmThe Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years — (The Beatles)

Moreno Releases Spanish-Language Holiday Album, “Posada”

Gaby Moreno is getting into the holiday spirit… en español

The 32-year-old Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist has released a Christmas album that’s being heralded as an insta-Latin holiday classic.

Gaby Moreno

Moreno’s Posada, released in the U.S. on indie label Cosmica, blends the singer’s love of gospel, soul and piano jazz with acoustic sounds from her Central American roots to revive a set of traditional holiday songs.

Moreno performs standard Spanish-language hymns with passion, delivering a beautiful rendition of “El Niño del Tambor” and bringing a little naughty to “Peces en el Rio” in a revved-up cabaret version of the children’s Christmas classic.

On an album that includes English and German-language lyrics, the singer seduces with a retro “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” set to brushed drums. Moreno and her band add some honky tonk to “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

A video for Moreno’s spare and emotive “Primer Noel,” premiering on Billboard.com, features the artist reliving childhood holiday memories.

Unlike the album, which is notable for Moreno’s decidedly non-secular approach to holiday music, the video brings some typical Christmas commercialism to her message with a bottle of Pepsi placed prominently on her piano. Moreno recently appeared at a Pepsi holiday concert and in a commercial for the beverage’s holiday campaign in Guatemala.

Moreno has a strong bilingual following in her adopted home city of Los Angeles, and she’s most widely known to Spanish-speakers for her 2011 duet with Ricardo Arjona, “Fuiste Tu.” That track has neared 165 million views on YouTube, and it rose to #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay and Tropical Airplay charts.

Moreno parlayed that connection into a well-received Latin American tour for her 2012 album Postales, released on Arjona’s label Metamorfosis, which also produced her Christmas record.

Despite being named Best New Artist at the 2013 Latin Grammys, the singer still remains underappreciated in the U.S. Latin market. Postales sold 3,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan.