Spanish collecting society SGAE’s promotion arm Fundación Autor tomorrow (Nov. 16) kicks off its 11th annual Rock en Ñ tour of Spanish and Latin acts in Latin America. The tour takes in seven concerts on Colombia, Argentina and Mexico until Dec. 17.
For the first time, Rock en Ñ will be available as an app for iPhone and iPad, with exclusive content of videos, photos and news.
The performing artists will be soundtrack writer Julio de la Rosa, Basque singer-songwriter Tontxu, singer Conchita, Basque folk rock band Tulsa, and singer Russian Red.
De la Rosa will offer a music workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, tomorrow (Nov. 16), on soundtracks. Among the soundtracks De la Rosa has written is one for the film “Una Palabra Tuya” by Spanish culture minister Angeles González-Sinde, who is also a film director.
De la Rosa will also present his latest album, “La Herida Universal,” on Nov. 17 at the same venue in Bogotá, the Centro Cultural Julio Mario Santo Domingo.
Tontxu, who is touring Latin America, will perform Nov. 18 in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires (Sala NoAvestruz), where he performed in April to a packed audience, presenting his new album “En El Nombre Del Padre.”
Conchita, Finnish-born but raised in Spain, will play three concerts in Mexico City, on Nov. 24 (Sala Gran Tribu), and Nov 26 and 27 (Sala Bataclán de la Bodega). Conchita won two SGAE Premios de la Música in 2008, and will present her new album “4,000 Palabras.”
Rock en Ñ will end Dec. 17 in Buenos Aires, with Tulsa and Russian Red giving a joint concert organized in conjunction with Spanish labels’ body Promusicae, and Spain’s culture ministry. The concert will be in the Spanish Cultural Center.
Over the years, Rock en Ñ has been considered one of the best promotional platforms for new Latin artists.
Since 2000, Rock en Ñ concerts have taken place in 10 countries – including the United States – and 25 cities, with more than 100 acts playing some 70 concerts.
Latin artists appearing have included Julieta Venegas, Aterciopelados, Jorge Drexler, Coti and Ariel Rot. Spanish artists who have performed include Enrique Bunbury, Estopa, Amaral, Vetusta Morla, and Vargas Blues Band.
Apart from Rock en Ñ, SGAE takes artists to international trade fairs such as MIDEM, PopKomm, Womex, and South by South West.