Colombia

  1. Jairo Varela, Founder of Colombia's Grupo Niche, Dead at 62

    August 08, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Jairo Varela, the iconic founder and leader of celebrated Colombian salsa band Grupo Niche, died suddenly of apparent heart failure in his home in Cali, Colombia. He was 62 years old. Varela created a signature salsa sound characterized by its fas ...

  2. SAYCO, Colombian Performance Rights Organization, Reels After Concert Scandal

    November 21, 2011 5:00 PM EST The fate of SAYCO, Colombia's Society of Authors and Composers, is in flux following a series of critical reports that led last week to the resignation of its manager, Jairo Enrique Ruge. Likewise, the Ministry of the Interior also announced ...

  3. Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation and FC Barcelona Partner For At-Risk Youth

    August 02, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Pop singer Shakira's foundation Pies Descalzos and FC Barcelona are partnering in support of at-risk youth through a new soccer programs that will include the construction of sports facilities in Cartagena, Colombia, and Miami. The Soccer for ...

  4. SBS Flips Miami Regional Mexican Station La Raza 106.3 FM to Colombian Music

    May 06, 2011 1:24 PM EDT SBS Entertainment has flipped its regional Mexican station in Miami-La Raza 106.3 FM-to a tropical format geared toward Colombian listeners and fans of Colombian music. The new WRAZ-Cima programs mostly cumbia and vallenato, eminently Colombian ge ...

  5. Calle 13 Performs At 500,000-Strong Spanish Procession

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 500,000 people filled a one-mile-long central Madrid avenue to accompany a mobile live performance by Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13, reported Spanish public television service RTVE. The forecast rain failed to appear, and La Mar ...

  6. Juanes Honored With Colombian Peace Prize

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes was awarded his country's National Peace Prize for his involvement with the problems generated by Colombia's armed conflict. Juanes has worked actively with his Mi Sangre (My Blood) foundation to reduce ...

  7. Colombian Mayor Cancels Calle 13 Show Over T-shirt

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The mayor of a Colombian provincial capital says he's canceling a January concert by the Puerto Rican band Calle 13 over a T-shirt worn by its lead singer. Mayor Juan Manuel Llano of Manizales said Monday that Rene Perez, or "Residente,& ...

  8. 60,000 Join Madrid's VivAmerica Celebration

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some 60,000 people, mainly Latin American, danced and sang their way down a central Madrid boulevard for four hours late Oct. 11, on the eve of the Oct. 12 Day of Hispanity, which marks the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the ...

  9. Opinion: Latin America Has A Vital Music Scene, But It Needs Viable Online Stores

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The holy grail of a digital music marketplace in South America has been a top priority for Latin labels for at least three years. But the recent Resonancia Colombia: Music and Management in the Digital Realm conference in Bogotá highlighted the ne ...

  10. Juanes, Bose, Betancourt Call For Freedom At Paris Concert

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt took the stage and shook her hips to a Colombian superstar's guitar riffs, leading the crowd in chants of "Freedom for all!" at a concert Sunday dedicated to captives held by Colombia's FARC reb ...

  11. MySpace Latino Grows 'Colombianos'

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Latino has launched a new community, "Colombianos," geared to Colombian-Americans and Colombians living in the United States. The site is teased on MySpace Latino's home page and currently features video of an acoustic perfo ...

  12. Prisa Plays 'Peace Without Frontiers' Latin Concert

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Prisa's radio division Union Radio, Spain's biggest media group, enabled millions of Latin Americans to listen in on the "Peace Without Frontiers" concert, played Sunday midday local time on the Colombia-Venezuela border. The c ...

  13. Stars To Join Juanes For Peace Concert

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Miguel Bose, Ricardo Montaner, Carlos Vives, Juan Fernando Velasco and Alejandro Sanz are scheduled to join Juanes to perform a free concert on the Colombia-Venezuela border, in support of a peaceful resolution to tensions that h ...

  14. Colombian Singer/Composer Romulo Caicedo Dies

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer and composer Romulo Caicedo, who passed away at the age of 78 last Sunday, was buried Monday (Dec. 24) in Medellin. According to published reports, the singer was on tour and had played in Colombia and Venezuela before being hospi ...

  15. Colombian Artists Rise Against Violence

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a show of solidarity from the music community, more than 30 Colombian artists will perform three simultaneous concerts in three different cities in the country protesting violence in that country. The roster of announced acts includes Juanes, F ...

  16. Colombian Composing Legend Barros Dies

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Colombian composer Jose Benito Barros, who gained worldwide renown for works like “La Piragua,” “El Pescador” and “Navidad Negra,” died May 12 in the coastal city of Santa Marta, Colombia. Barros was 95 years old. Born in the small town of El Banc ...

  17. Juanes Adds Voice To Land Mine Campaign

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Colombian rock star Juanes became the first musician to perform in the debating chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels when he staged a concert Wednesday (April 19) as part of his campaign aga Colombian rock star Juanes became the first mu ...

  18. Juanes Adds Voice To Land Mine Campaign

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Colombian rock star Juanes became the first musician to perform in the debating chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels when he staged a concert Wednesday (April 19) as part of his campaign aga Colombian rock star Juanes became the first mu ...

  19. Juanes To Host Benefit For Young Mine Victims

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Concert to take place May 24 in Los Angeles. Colombian rocker Juanes will host a benefit concert to raise money for children who are victims of antipersonnel mines in Colombia. The "Colombia Sin Minas" (Colombia Without Mines) concert is ...

  20. Gutirrez To Retire From Sony BMG Colombia

    December 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Label vet signed Shakira. Carlos Gutiérrez, the longtime president of Sony BMG's operation in Colombia, will retire Dec. 31, Billboard.biz has learned. Gutiérrez spent 34 years as president of CBS Records, Sony Music and finally, Sony BMG Col ...

  21. Sony BMG Names Key S.A. Exec

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has named Carlos Gutierrez as president for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela (CEV). Sony BMG Music Entertainment has named Carlos Gutierrez as president for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela (CEV). Gutierrez will continue ...

  22. Sony BMG Names Key S.A. Exec

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has named Carlos Gutierrez as president for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela (CEV). Sony BMG Music Entertainment has named Carlos Gutierrez as president for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela (CEV). Gutierrez will continue ...

  23. UMG Colombia Names Sossa Managing Director

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music in Bogota, Colombia, promotes Sandra Sossa managing director for its operations in Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. She previously was financial controller. NEW YORK-- Universal Music in Bogota, Colombia, promotes Sandra Soss ...

  24. Universal Names MD In South America

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sandra Sossa has been appointed managing director of Universal Music in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru, effective April 1. She was previously financial controller for the company. Sandra Sossa has been appointed managing director of Univers ...

  25. Warner Music Colombia Closing Shop

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Colombia is closing operations. Employees were informed Tuesday night (March 2), as the massive restructuring of Warner Music Group got underway following the major's buyout by an investm Warner Music Colombia is closing operatio ...

  26. Warner Music Colombia Closing Shop

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Colombia is closing operations. Employees were informed Tuesday night (March 2), as the massive restructuring of Warner Music Group got underway following the major's buyout by an investm Warner Music Colombia is closing operatio ...

  27. Labels, Video Channel Dispute Fee Collection

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Labels in Colombia are awaiting a decision from the country's National Office of Author's Rights that will determine how performance rights fees are collected from music video channels in that country MIAMI--Labels in Colombia are awaiti ...