The Viña del Mar Festival has unveiled its first artist its 61st annual event… the 36-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in the city.
The announcement was made by the organizing committee of the LXI International Festival of Viña del Mar, chaired by Chilean politician Virginia Reginato.
Mon Laferte will be the first Chilean artist to kick off the event in recent decades.
Laferte is known for her fusion music of blues-rock, Latin alternative, bolero, and cumbia, as heard in her songs such as “Tu Falta de Querer,” “Mi Buen Amor,” and “Amarrame.”
Television presenters María Luisa Godoyand Martín Cárcamowill be returning as hosts of Viña del Mar, which will take place between February 23 and 28.
According to the official statement, the LXI International Song Festival of Viña del Mar will be broadcast in Chile via Channel 13 and TVN in conjunction with the radio stations of the IARC-ADNand Pudahuelradio conglomerate. FOX Networkswill air the festival in Latin America.
It’s a case of “like father, like daughters” for Alison and Marla Solis.
The 20-year-old and 18-year-old Mexican singers, the daughters of legendary singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, are hitting the road with their famous dad.
Alison and Maria, who made their musical debut in 2018 with the release of their version of “Extrañándote” and touring with their father in Chile and Mexico, will now join Solís on his U.S. trek Y La Historia Continúa.
“It’s awesome that our family is our team and to have them around us as we’re becoming the best versions of ourselves,” Alison says.
The North American leg of their tour kicked off March 31 at the Allstate Arenain Chicago where the sisters joined their father onstage to perform “Dónde estará mi primavera.”
Just hours before going onstage, Billboard caught up with Alison and Marla in a Q&A where they talked about creating their own path in the industry with the advice from the “best teacher” they could have asked for.
What were those years like building up to the very moment you first stepped foot on a stage?
Alison: The first performance I had on my own was in a local theater singing with my piano teacher and ever since then I’ve just loved it more and more. In 2017, I got invited to go on tour with Camila and that was probably the best experience that has helped me to improve myself as an artist and a performer in general.
Marla: Music has always been part of my life. We also loved singing for family and friends who would come over to the house and we’d even fight each other for the mic. I’m so thankful for the opportunity my dad has given us to grow and expand our knowledge every time we step that stage. It’s been amazing journey and we still have a lot to grow so every day we learn. Thankfully, with the best teacher around.
Was going into music the obvious path for you both?
Marla: It wasn’t completely the obvious path. We tried many other things like soccer, cheerleading, tennis, track, we did a lot of other things and our parents wanted us to find our passion, to go and explore all the things the universe has to offer. But, we always ended up back in music. It was that that really set our souls on fire and made us feel something special.
What’s it like being on the road with your dad?
Alison: It’s awesome that our family is our team and to have them around us as we’re becoming the best versions of ourselves. We have such a great dynamic because the way we talk things out is always through eyes of understanding, never through eyes of judgement. We always try to better ourselves in every way as a team.
Marla: We’ve been able to get some amazing constructive criticism from people that we know have our best interest at heart. It’s the dream life to do what I love with the people I love.
You recently sang at Viña del Mar where you performed with your dad, what was that experience like?
Alison:Viña del Maris one of the most unforgettable experiences because it’s honestly the dream of every artist to be able to perform on that stage, so there’s a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement at the same time. They call that crowd the “monster” and it can either love you or definitely hate you. We gave it our all to be able to connect with every single person there and honestly, it filled our hearts.
Marla: We had so much adrenaline going through our veins right before. Millions of people watching, I mean that really shook my legs, I was terrified. It was scary, but in a good way. Right when I saw Sebastian Yatra, who I think is really hot, in the front row I was like ‘oh my God no.’
Maluma is giving back in a big way to the people of Chile…
The 23-year-old Colombian star , who this week will perform for the first time at Chile’s annual Vina del Mar International Song Festival, will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from his performance to a Chilean foundation to help the victims of the country’s devastating forest fires.
The show was already highly anticipated: According to Chilean media reports, Maluma was the artist to most quickly sell out the 20,000-seat Quinta Vergara Amphitheater.
His donation announcement Monday (Feb. 20) on Instagram sent his fans into a frenzy, generating over 400,000 likes.
“Alex Hernandez, director of the Vina del Mar festival, showed me hundreds of stories of those affected by fires — moving faces of families that lost EVERYTHING,” Maluma wrote, alluding to more than 100 forest fires that devastated the country in January.
“Today, I put myself in their place and decide to give my grain of sand to help out in this situation. That’s why 100 percent of my earnings in this Festival will take another route. Their destiny is now in the hands of the Desafio Levantemos Chile foundation. It’s the least I can do for my Chilean brothers.”
Maluma, who will perform Friday (Feb. 24), arrived a few days early to participate as a judge in the weeklong songwriting competition that also takes place every night as part of the festival.
Desafio Levantemos Chile was created in 2010 to raise funds following a devastating earthquake. Since then, the organization has funded myriad projects designed to help people affected by catastrophe. The latest is rebuilding the area destroyed by the January fires.
Santiago Giraldo is making a strong run for the title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship…
The 26-year-old Colombian tennis player upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Giraldo defeated his Spanish opponent in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
It’s the second quarterfinals appearance this year for Giraldo, currently ranked No. 89 in the world, in nine tournaments. His best showing in 2014 was a semifinal appearance at Vina del Mar tournament, where he lost to Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-7(2), 3-6.
He’ll next face Alejandro Gonzalez on Friday at River Oaks Country Club. Gonzalez advanced when fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopezretired because of severe allergies. Gonzalez led 6-3, 2-0.