Buika to Perform “Besame Mucho” at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

Buika will be helping honor one of the most recognizable Spanish-language ballads of all time…


The 40-year-old Afro-Spanish singer, who earned rave reviews after performing two songs in Pedro Almódovar’s 2011 film The Skin I Live In, will perform “Besame Mucho” at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first induction gala.

Buika and an orchestra of top musicians will perform the song – which was written by the Mexican composer Consuelo Velasquez in 1940 and performed by artists including the Beatles and Frank Sinatra, in addition to a number of Latin stars – before it receives the Hall of Fame’s La Musa award.

In addition, the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Manuel Alejandro, Jose Angel “Ferrusquilla” Espinosa, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias, Armando Manzanero and Concha Valdez Miranda as the first-ever songwriters to be added to the recently created hall of fame.

Additionally, Olga Guillot, Draco Rosa, Nat King Cole, Desi Arnaz, Ralph S. Peer and emerging Spanish singer/songwriter Natalia Jimenez will receive recognition for their contribution to the music industry.

Rubén Blades, Cristian Castro, Natalie Cole and Rosa are among the artists set to perform at the black tie event, celebrating the rich past and current popularity of Latin song.

The event will take place on April 23rd at the New World Center in Miami Beach during the Billboard Latin Music Conference.


Juanes Goes Unplugged!

It’s official… Juanes is set to give his inspired music the unplugged treatment.

The 39-year-old Colombian rockero will tape an MTV Unplugged special in Miami next February. Produced by MTV TR3s, the special will air in the United States and throughout Latin America.

Juanes MTV Unplugged

And the Grammy-winning artist will get an assist from his dear friend Juan Luis Guerra. The 54-year-old Dominican singing sensation will serve as the musical director for the special, as well as the producer on Juanes’ “MTV Unplugged” album.

The equally exceptional pair, who’ve often performed and collaborated together, had talked about Guerra producing a Juanes album for months, according to sources.

The special will be taped at the New World Center in Miami Beach with guest artists and song list still to be determined.

Previous Latino artists/acts who’ve recorded an MTV Unplugged special include Ricky Martin, Julieta Venegas, Alejandro Sanz, Zoé, Los Tigres del Norte and Camila.