The 10th Rock en Ñ tour organised by Spanish collecting society SGAE and its promo division Fundación Autor this year takes in the United States, Colombia and Argentina between Oct. 11 and Nov. 13.

Top-selling pop-rock band Amaral, alternative group Vetusta Morla, and singer Xoel López lead the contingent, which also includes the band Uno and rap couple Dúo Kie. Rock en Ñ is staged each fall in the Americas to highlight Spanish language music from both sides of the Atlantic, and this year it has the support of the culture ministry's National Institute of Scenic Arts and Music (INAEM).

Rock en Ñ 2009 kicks off Oct. 11 when Madrid rappers Dúo Kie perform at the Festival Altavoz in Medellin, Colombia. On Oct. 17, Dúo Kie will play in the Colombian capital Bogotá at the Festival Hip Hop Al Parque, which is usually attended by 40,000 people.

Uno, from the northern Spanish region of Asturias, cross the Atlantic for the first time to play four consecutive nights in Los Angeles - Oct. 15 and 16 at the Whisky a Go Go, Oct. 17 at the Mint, and Oct. 18 at the Kibitz Room.

Rock en Ñ wraps up in Buenos Aires with two concerts at the Teatro Arteria Metropolitan. Amaral and Vetusta Morla, both multi-award winners at Spain's Premios de la Música annual gala, play on Nov. 12, followed by Amaral and Xoel López on Nov. 13.

This Rock en Ñ has a second instalment next February, when to mark the event's 10th anniversary, an exhibition of photos covering the 10 years will be shown at Mexico City's Casona, a cultural space run by SGAE's Arteria network.

Arteria Multi-Space is an ambitious project by SGAE and Fundación Autor estimated at $400 million to develop at least 17 cultural centers for the promotion of Spanish and Latin American music. Arteria has eight centers in Spain so far, and two in Latin America - the Buenos Aires Teatro Arteria Metropolitan, and Mexico City's Casona.

Arteria's star-project, the estimated $150 million Berklee Valencia 27-storey building in Valencia, south-east Spain, is due to open in 2011. A joint project between SGAE and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., Berklee Valencia will be the first permanent Berklee college outside the United States.

Since Rock en Ñ launched in 2000, it has visited 25 cities in 10 countries, including the U.S. More than 100 bands have taken part in over 70 concerts. These have included Latin American stars such as Julieta Venegas, Aterciopelados, Jorge Drexler, Coti, and Ariel Rot. Spanish acts have included Enrique Bunbury, Estopa, Amaral, Piratas, Violadores del Verso, Deluxe, La Shica, La Excepción and Vargas Blues Band.

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