7 items from 2013
Let this be a warning to double-check the credentials of shady businesses with terrible websites before handing them tens of thousands of dollars.
The tiny border town of San Luis got bilked for $50,000 by scammers in Mexico promising to book a concert for the pop band Maná, the Yuma Sun reports.
The city thought it had booked the Grammy Award-winning band to play at the San Luis’ Barrier 2 Bridge conference in February 2012.
But Maná never showed up and the “booking agency” that accepted the city’s wire transfer didn’t return phone calls and emails demanding a refund.
The Yuma Sun first reported the scam story back in Setpember of 2012, but it reappeared last week when city officials announced they would write the money off as a loss, since the investigation carried out by local police never led to an arrest.
The San Luis City Council sent the money to a group called Gente Pv. »
- The Huffington Post
If there were any doubts about the power of music, Calle 13 is proving skeptics wrong.
The Puerto Rican duo have long been known for their politically infused lyrics and in recognition for their “No To Bullets” campaign, the Action on Armed Violence (Aoav) organization has named the band among the 100 Most Influential People In Armed Violence Reduction.
In November 2012, in collaboration with Unicef, Calle 13 released the music video “La Bala” (The Bullet) that lyrically and visually manifests the global increase of gun violence, while lamenting the dearth of resources worldwide. A team of 12 directors in 10 different countries helped create the video, with the motif of one deadly bullet spanning the entire globe.
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"The song ‘the Bullet’ comes from the pain I feel when I see how some people devalue life," frontman René "Residente” Pérez said in a press release at the time.
In the past, »
- The Huffington Post
The Ecuadorean embassy's celebrity refugee is used to living in what Assange likens to a space station as he battles extradition
Lady Gaga popped in while in town to launch her fragrance, after the singer Mia tweeted that she would supply tea and cake. On Thursday, René "Residente" Pérez, the lead singer of a Puerto Rican rap duo called Calle 13, called round to collaborate on a song about free expression.
And on Sunday, 362 days after Julian Assange first asked Ecuador to grant him political asylum, the WikiLeaks founder hosted his most senior visitor yet, the country's foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño. The politician's meeting with his British opposite number, William Hague, was the first ministerial-level talks of a five-nation diplomatic tangle that to »
- Esther Addley
Yes, you read that right. WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has his eyes set on his next career move: breaking into...the music industry. The political activist met with Puerto Rican René Pérez Joglar, member of the group Calle 13, while in London. The two apparently met at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where Assange has been living for the last year after he was granted asylum by the Latin American country. Joglar announced on Twitter that he will join Assange for a live songwriting session today. The collaboration is said to address "media manipulation, freedom of expression & social media empowerment." The singer asked fans to tweet using the hashtag »
René “Residente” Pérez has a not so subtle message for the FBI -- and for every major government and news organization in the World for that matter.
The lead singer of the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 plans to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on Thursday for a collaborative songwriting session in which the two -- and Residente’s nearly 5 million Twitter followers -- will write a song addressing media manipulation and freedom of expression.
Un saludo al FBI! Estoy aca con Julian #Assange fundador de @wikileaks. Mañana escribiremos juntos. Con ustedes. 10pm hora Londres.
— Residente C13/ RC13 (@Calle13Oficial) June 12, 2013
“Greeting FBI! I’m here with Julian #Assange founder of @wikileaks. Tomorrow we will write together. With you. 10pm London time,” the 35-year-old star tweeted on Wednesday during his initial meeting with the man behind the controversial website known for publishing classified information from government and media organizations worldwide. »
- The Huffington Post
San Juan, March 20 (Ians/Efe) After a two-year battle against cancer, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa launched Tuesday his new album "Vida" (Life) on which he teams up with 16 artists including Ricky Martin, Shakira and Alejandro Sanz.
Others accompanying Rosa are Juan Luis Guerra, Calle 13, Juanes, Marc Anthony, Tego Calderon, Mana, Ruben Blades, Jose Feliciano, Enrique Bunbury, Andres Calamaro, Romeo Santos, Ednita Nazario and MiMa.
The new Rosa album is being released almost two years after he was diagnosed with cancer and not quite three months since doctors pronounced him cured.
"It's titled 'Vida' because I'm happy to be alive. After two years of the illness, they confirmed that I was free of cancer. »
- Anita Agarwal
Washington — Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year, highlighting their generation and art form alongside opera, ballet and theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The center, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, announced Tuesday that its 2013-2014 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide." It also plans to feature an international theater festival with works from at least 10 different nations and new American works commissioned in theater, opera and music.
The 2014 hip-hop festival will open with Nas rapping with musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra on music from his classic debut album "Illmatic." The festival will also feature Puerto Rican musicians Calle 13 and a graffiti exhibition.
The mix of rap, DJing and graffiti with more traditional arts at one of the nation's busiest performing arts centers will make the year unique, »
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