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Conozca los nuevos lanzamientos musicales de la temporada

DIAMANTE ELÉCTRICO

Anunciado como uno de los principales grupos de la escena alternativa, la banda tres veces ganadora de los Premios Grammy Latinos, Diamante Eléctrico, ha derribado barreras con estructuras de canciones no convencionales, letras sinceras y una energía inigualable, lo que hace imposible no moverse con sus canciones. De nuevo en el centro de atención con un muy esperado nuevo álbum de estudio “BUITRES”, Diamante Eléctrico apareció en Rolling Stone por haber lanzado uno de “sus mejores discos y un seguro integrante de futuras listas de los mejores álbumes de rock en español”. Actuando en festivales de renombre mundial como Coachella y Eurockennes, además de colaborar con el héroe de todos los tiempos Billy Gibbons de ZZ Top para su sencillo “Días raros”, la banda fue destacada por los principales medios de comunicación locales y nacionales, con LA Weekly instando al público a no perderlos, Billboard los llamó una visita obligada en el festival, y la revista Magnetic afirmó que su aparición en el festival “preparó el escenario para el reconocimiento mundial”.
FRANCISCA VALENZUELA
Compositora, empresaria y cantante bilingüe, Francisca Valenzuela es una de las representantes más activas del pop chileno a nivel internacional. El prometedor comienzo de su carrera en 2007 con su sencillo “Dulce” fue sólo superado por un reconocimiento constante en el mundo de la música, donde tiene dos álbumes de platino, una nominación al Grammy Latino y colaboraciones con artistas como U2, Miguel Bosé, Pablo Alborán, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade y Pedro Aznar, entre otros. Valenzuela lanzó recientemente dos avances musicales, “Tómame”, descrito como un “sencillo efervescente y con buen gusto” por la revista Rolling Stone y “Ya No Se Trata De Ti”, una fuerte declaración de independencia, como preámbulo de su próximo álbum programado para la segunda mitad de 2019.
DRACO ROSA
With a successful career, Draco Rosa has toured the world, filling prestigious venues while reaching a very solid fan base. Inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016, the multiple-time GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winning artist has received many awards and recognition for his career as a recording artist and also for his accomplishments as a composer, musician, singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. “Vagabundo” named one of “The 50 Greatest Latin Albums of the Past 50 Years” byBillboard Magazine was recently re-released celebrating it’s 22nd anniversary. “Monte Sagrado”, Rosa’s first album of original material in eight years, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Albums chart, holding on at #9, with the singles “333”, “2Nite 2Nite” and “Dentro de Ti” among others!
Con una carrera exitosa, Draco Rosa ha recorrido el mundo, llenando lugares prestigiosos y alcanzando una base de seguidores muy sólida. Instalado en el Salón de la Fama de los Compositores Latinos en 2016, el artista ganador de múltiples premios GRAMMY y Latin GRAMMY ha recibido muchos premios y reconocimientos por su carrera como artista discográfico y también por sus logros como compositor, músico, cantante, compositor, productor, emprendedor y filántropo. “Vagabundo” nombrado uno de los “50 mejores álbumes latinos de los últimos 50 años” por la revista Billboard fue relanzado recientemente para celebrar su 22 aniversario. “Monte Sagrado”, el primer álbum de material original de Rosa en ocho años, debutó en el # 1 en la lista de álbumes latinos de Billboard, manteniéndose en el # 9, con los singles “333”, “2Nite 2Nite” y “Dentro de Ti” entre otros.
INSTA: @dracorosa
FLOR DE TOLOACHE

Habiendo actuado en Coachella y en un concierto de NPR Tiny Desk, este conjunto ganador de un Latin GRAMMY, con sede en Nueva York, es uno de los mejores grupos de mariachis femeninos del planeta. El grupo comenzó como un trío llamado así por la flor mexicana inductora de delirio utilizada como poción de amor por generaciones. A medida que ha crecido en notoriedad, la banda se ha expandido a un máximo de diez miembros según el entorno, formando un conjunto verdaderamente global con músicos provenientes de México, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Alemania, Italia y Estados Unidos. Su muy esperado nuevo álbum “Indestructible”, producido por el 11 veces ganador del Grammy Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y Gabriela, entre otros), se estrenó a través de NPR First Listen, donde Marisa Arbona-Ruiz de NPR dijo: “El nuevo álbum bilingüe de Flor de Toloache, Indestructible, empuja los límites de la música de mariachi y sus instrumentos a través de reinventadas versiones pop y colaboraciones originales “.

VETUSTA MORLA
“23 de Junio” is the eighth music video of Vetusta Morla’s latest album, “Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar”, released in November 2017. “This is a retro-futuristic waltz equally loaded with traditional music and sound manipulation”, explained the three-Latin Grammy nominated band. Over the month of October, the six members will be crossing the Atlantic again tp perform across ten cities throughout the United States and one in Canada. Since they made themselves known 20 years ago with their debut album – Un día en el mundo (2008) – VETUSTA MORLA has continued to grow to become one of the most important national groups of recent times.Billboard recently named Vetusta Morla “one of the top 10 Latin bands to watch”.
Listen to the SINGLE: VETUSTA MORLA – 23 DE JUNIO
VOCES DEL BULLERENGUE
Anónimas & Resilientes emerged from a dream of Petrona Martínez. She longed to organize a rueda de bullerengue (local jam) like those of her ancestresses, yet she believed that elderly singers in the Canal del Dique region were a matter of the past. Manuel García-Orozco (a.k.a Chaco), the music producer behind the recent achievements of Martínez and Díaz, undertook the search of bullerengue voices in the countryside. Along with percussionists Guillermo Valencia and Janer Amarís, Chaco brought together Voces del Bullerengue, seven voices who had lived in anonymity until now: Juana Rosado (b.1939) from Evitar; Fernanda Peña (b.1929?) and Antonio Berdeza (b.1929) from San Cristóbal del Trozo; Juana del Toro (b.1938) from San José de Playón; and Mayo Hidalgo (b.1956), Rosita Caraballo (b.1966), and Jaiber Perez Cassiani from María la Baja. The album was recorded in the community recording studio in Palenque-Colombia, the first free town of the Americas. The production had the inextricably obstacles of the region’s marginalization, such as blackouts due to unstable electricity and the lack of crossable roads to San Cristobal del Trozo.
LOSPETITFELLAS
LosPetitFellas is an alternative musical project born in 2006 under the name of Pet Fella and led by vocalist Nicolás Barragán. Today, the band includes Sebastian Panesso (guitarist), Adrián Hidalgo (saxophonist), Nicolás Garzón (bassist), Andrés Gómez (keyboardist), Cesar Henao (drummer) and David Cortés (engineer). Giving Latin alternative music a creative twist – experimenting with jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and blues – their intention is to generate a positive, creative and fresh space for alternative music in the country. LosPetitFellas have performed more than 300 concerts throughout their career including Estéreo Picnic Festival,Vive Latino, Festival Machaca, SXSW, L.I.M.A. Festival in Perú and Impulsar in Quito, Ecuador. Highlights also include performances with a jazz big band and the Bogota Philharmonic. Following their Latin Grammy nomination in 2018, LosPetitFellas released the single “Sálvate Tu”. is a message from the Colombian band in times of chaos and madness. The song was produced, mixed and mastered by Mosty; recorded at the Alto Estudio by Francisco Castro.
Listen to the SINGLE: LOSPETITFELLAS – SÁLVATE TÚ
JENNY AND THE MEXICATS
Blending elements from a wide range of musical genres with lyrics in both English and Spanish, Jenny and the Mexicats joined forces with three-Latin Grammy nominated Spanish band Vetusta Morla on a brand new collaboration. The band won a gold record for their first album “Jenny and the Mexicats”, and for their second album “OME”, Jenny and the Mexicats got their single on the soundtrack of the movie “Amor de mis Amores”. Their most popular song, “Verde Más Allá”, with over 17 million streams worldwide. The band has been on NPR Tiny Desk, and has been featured in the BBC, World Music Central, and Univision.
JESSICA MEDINA
Jessica Medina understands the power of the human voice. With Spanish and English as her native tongues, and New York City as her home, she quickly developed her talents through keen interests in culture, language, and performing arts. Blending a World Music vibe with espresso shots of Afro-Peruvian and Caribbean flavor, her sound is an aromatic blend of life and love. Jessica Medina was recently referenced by NPR’s Alt Latino music roundup as a “super talented vocalist that effortlessly bridges jazz, soul and even bits of Afro Caribbean music”. With her sophomore release “Black”, Jessica hopes to inspire others, especially girls and women, to believe that they too can pursue their dreams, and transform their own lives. All the songs on the album speak of transformation, hope, love, unity and finding the light to escape darkness, be it depression, aggression or social injustice.
Listen to the ALBUM: JESSICA MEDINA : BLACK
JOEL PHIL
Following a successful debut reaching over 500 thousand views on YouTube with the title track “Raise Up”, an ear candy track that celebrates diversity, racial harmony and acceptance, new Yorker singer-songwriter Joel Phil started 2019 with the right foot with his first album “Mi Alma”. Produced by 4x Latin Grammy nominee Jorge A Holguin (Pyngwi), the record  is more organic and introspective than his previous works, where his romantic essence and soft voice connects in the depths of our feelings. The material was recorded in several studios such as Art & co Studios, Bogotá-Colombia, BackDoor Records, Orlando-FL and Power Station, New York-NY and includes the singles “Eres Tú” – a rhythmic ballad with current sounds, dedicated to the city of NY – and “Perdóname”, a wistful, bittersweet track. 
Listen to the ALBUM: JOEL PHIL : MI ALMA
INSTA: @joelphilnyc
BETO HALE
From teaching himself to play drums by playing along to Beatles’ records as a kid to producing, singing, and playing multiple instruments on his studio albums, Beto Hale is a one man band. Hale started playing with local bands throughout his teen years. Shortly after he graduated high school, he became the keyboardist for the iconic Latin pop group, Timbiriche. 
His EP, “No Hay Marcha Atrás” was recorded in his studio, Los Olivos in Los Angeles. All tracks were mixed by Sal Ojeda, who recently mixed the music documentaries “Echo in the Canyon” and “Pavarotti”. The EP was produced by Hale and co-produced by Brent Fischer. It includes the singles “Mujer de Plata” and “No Hay Marcha Atrás”.
INSTA: @betohale

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