5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (July 3)

Zion & Lennox
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(L-R) Felix Ortiz and Gabriel Pizzaro of Zion & Lennox attend Univision's 33rd Edition of Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina at AmericanAirlines Arena on Feb. 18, 2021 in Miami.

From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here's what happened in the Latin music world this week.

Carlos Santana to Receive Special Award

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) unveiled this week that 10-time Grammy-winning artist Carlos Santana will be honored with the Legend Award at the 34th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards taking place on Oct. 8 via PBS. Santana, who will also receive a multi-artist tribute performance, is receiving this special recognition for his contributions to Latin music and prolific 50-plus year trajectory.

“I am grateful to the Latin community and to everyone who feels oneness with our mission to bring equality, fairness, justice, unity, and harmony,” Santana said in a statement. “We wake up every day to touch people’s hearts with our music, spirits-vision, and to make a difference in the world, for the highest good for life, people, and the planet. It is a blessing to be a blessing. We thank the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and PBS for this glorious honor.”

Zion y Lennox Celebrate 20 Years

Zion and Lennox will celebrate 20 years of career with not one, not two, but three back-to-back concerts in the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican duo, composed of Félix Ortiz (Zion) and Gabriel Pizarro (Lennox), formed in 2000 in Carolina and released their debut album, Motivando a la Yal, in 2004. Since then, the duo has dropped countless reggaeton hits, including “Yo Voy,” “Hay Algo en Ti” and “La Player,” to name a few. Zion y Lennox will perform on December 2, 3, and 4. Tickets are already on sale via

Wisin’s La Base Expands

Less than a year after launching his record label, La Base, distributed by The Orchard via WK Records and based in Puerto Rico, Wisin is expanding to a second location in the Dominican Republic, Billboard can confirm. La Base Music officially launched in the summer of 2020 with new signees Chris Andrew and Abdiel Larralde. La Base Music's resident engineer and award-winning producers include Hyde Quimico and Los Legendarios, who have worked with Latin superstars like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Reik.

Arthur Hanlon Makes the Rounds With Piano y Mujer

In celebration of his latest production, Piano y Mujer, virtuoso pianist Arthur Hanlon has partnered with multinational brand Yamaha, which will have him performing exclusively on Yamaha pianos. Faithful to the brand that sparked his love for music when he was only six years old and was his very first piano, Hanlon feels honored to be part of the Yamaha family. “ I love the Yamaha sound, which is perfect for Latin music: a nice high end, and at the same time, a deep, soulful bass end,” he expressed in a statement.

The partnership comes three months after the release of his album Piano y Mujer, where he teamed up with some of the industry's most iconic female voices, including Kany García, Natalia Jiménez, ChocQuibTown's Gloria "Goyo" Martínez, Evaluna Montaner and Nella for intimate performances of classic songs powered by his piano. The concert special is currently streaming on HBO Max and HBO Latin, and beginning July 4 it will be available throughout Latin America via the Sony Channel.

Editor's note: Hanlon is married to Billboard vp/Latin industry lead Leila Cobo.

Pandora Unveils New Pop Station

This week, streaming platform Pandora launched its new station called “La Vida in Pop,” which spotlights pop superstars and trendsetters in the Latin music realm, such as Camilo, Juanes, Anitta and Ricky Martin. The station features everything from ballads to reggaeton to crossover hits, honoring the music and artists that have made Latin pop universal. “La Vida in Pop is the renaissance of Latin popular music, the best in today’s Latin pop,” noted a press statement.