Puerto Rican Rockers Black Guayaba Ink 360 Deal With VeneMusic

Black Guayaba at VeneMusic’s offices in Miami. L-R: Jorge Pino, VP of music for Venevision International; guitarist Javier Morales; drummer Gabriel Calero; guitarist Gustavo Gonzalez; keyboardist Carlos Colon; bassist Carlos Ortiz; Fidel Hernandez, director of promotions at VeneMusic; manager Angelo Medina.

Black Guayaba, the Puerto Rican rock group that won a Grammy for best Latin Rock/Alternative Album in 2008, has signed a recording deal with VeneMusic, the music arm of media giant Venevision. The deal is a 360 venture that includes non-recording revenue.

The group’s first album under their new label is titled “La Conexión, Edición Especial” (The Connection, Special Edition) and is a new version of “La Conexión,” which Black Guayaba released independently last year. The new version includes two newly recorded and rearranged tracks from the album, which will be released May 28. The first single is “Siempre,” a duet with Spanish star Jarabe de Palo. 

Black Guayaba will be the first Latin rock act signed to VeneMusic, whose roster is predominantly tropical and regional Mexican and includes tropical star Tito El Bambino and Mexican star Pepe Aguilar. The indie label, which is distributed by Universal Music Latin Entertainment, has been expanding noticeably in the last two years with several tropical and regional Mexican additions to its roster.

Black Guayaba -- made up of singer Gustavo González, drummer Gabriel Calero, keyboardist Carlos Colón, bassist Carlos Ortiz and guitarist Javier Morales -- came together in 2005 after years of playing pubs and local gigs. The group’s catchy vocals and rock sound struck a chord and they were signed to Machete/Universal, gaining both critical acclaim and commercial success with their debut album, Lo Demás es Plástico.

Black Guayaba would garner Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations, and collected their Grammy Award in 2008 for 2007’s sophomore set, “No Hay Espacio.”

Black Guayaba is managed out of Puerto Rico by Angelo Medina Enterprises.