Iconic composer Armando Manzanero has returned to television with the new show La Música Con Manzanero.
The 78-year-old entertainer, whose career spans more than five decades, has written more than 400 songs. At a recent event to promote the show, the legendary singer/songwriter said he was thrilled to be launching a new program that highlights other songwriters through performance and interviews.
Canal 22 International, the arts and entertainment channel based in Mexico, is producing the new show, which is seen both in Mexico and the U.S. The network features everything from documentaries to Mexican movies and news programs and is seen in the U.S. through DirectTV.
Throughout the show's 13 episodes, Manzanero will guide viewers through the musical history of romantic music from Mexico with guests such as Aleks Syntek, Ely Guerra, Celso Piña and Alex Lora, among other artists.
During a recent presentation at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, Manzanero and Canal 22 executives introduced the new program before the guest of honor took to the piano and performed a few of his classics. His songs have been performed by everyone from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to Andrea Bocelli.
"I'm very thankful for this opportunity," Manzanero said. "It's also about [Mexican] roots and it's something that's meaningful to me. When I see the kind of programming that Canal 22 provides, it gives me pride because it's important to keep bringing these shows to people."
The program, Manzanero said, first took place about a decade ago, but it was short-lived. He didn't have to think twice, he added, to jump on a chance to be part of the new show, which explores different styles of music.
"Mexican music is what best presents us in Mexico," Manzanero said. "It's really beautiful music and it's important that the rest of the world continue to see what we do through art."
La Música Con Manzanero (Music with Manzanero) airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.