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Vicente Fernandez



Baby Rasta y Gringo


Mambo Legends Orchestra




Orquesta Arag贸n


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Returns to DC With Contagious Positivity and a Suitcase Full of Memories By: Ellen Flores

his month, Kesta Happening had the oportunity to chat with Pau Donés, lead singer of Jarabe De Palo. Jarabe’s unique blend of latin rock sounds and uplifting messages has granted them a successfull career and a third visit to the Washington D.C. area in October. We talked about everything from their most recent album Orquesta Reciclando, to the sentiment behind Pau’s contagiously positive Tweets. KH: Last year we lucky enough to have you visit us. What brings you back this year? PD: We began our adventure to America over 15 years ago and branched off to the U.S. 5 years ago in the hopes of creating a stable relationship with the country and the audience. This will be our third visit and we hope it goes as succesfully as the previous two. That’s what shows that our relationship is a stable one. D.C. is one stop in our thirtysomething U.S. city tour this year. KH: What can we expect to see in this tour? PD: We are coming back with several new changes to our lineup and our repertoire. Joining our band is a saxophonist that has been with Jarabe for four years. With the repertoire, let’s just say it will have more layers to it, the saxophone will add another sound to our performance. While on our U.S. tour, we will be presenting and touring a new album (Orquesta Reciclando) and we will be playing songs from Y Ahora Qué Hacemos, but we will also have many songs that form part of our more well known catalouge. KH: ¿What is Orquesta Reciclando about? PD: It is an album that wasn’t previously released (in the United States), it makes me very sad that it was not released. We mentioned it to our record company here in the US and now it is going to be released in September of this year. The album Orquesta Reciclando is a compilation of our biggest hits that we re-recorded and reversioned. I like to recomend that people get the album because all the stories behind our songs are told there. We are coming to the United States launching the album. The idea is behind it is to keep making songs that get our fans excited. To make songs that form part of their life soundtrack. We have that way of commuincating and expressing ourselves

with the world and well, we hope that it will keep being that way for many more years to come. KH: Tell us the story behind your famous yellow Maleta. What makes it so special? PD: I believe that in the suitcase, obviously there are a lot of memories kept, but above all, it’s purpose is to keep our trajectory. The trajectory of a group that went from being unknown to some what popular. A group with 18 years, lots of songs, a bunch of experiences and cities visited and lived. Therefore, that’s what I take in the suitcase; I carry in it essentially that of what is the profesional life of Jarabe de Palo and everything that has happened to us in those years. In our present time, I would say that what drives and motivates us to keep moving on and continuing on our journey is our desire to keep making our music. Making and presenting our songs to the world but with the idea that we have possibly left behind those things we had and expected when we started out with an empty suitcase. Now, there are a ton of things that are in it that give us that peace of mind and at the same time, the hope of prosperity in our music and continuing in our journey because our baggae is experience that counsels us. KH: When you go on tour, ¿what is essential for the band? PD: What is essential is to have a good rep repertoire, a good setlist that is well rehearsed and the need to come and play for the people. The concerts in the United States are within a two month tour that we will be going through Latin America. The only thing I’m taking are the essentials; a suitcase filled with things to talk about and most importantly, an enourmous desire to have a good in the different shows that we will be doing and make sure that everyone that comes has a good time with us. KH: Of all your compositions, which has been the hardest one to record because of it’s personal content? Which has exceded your expectations? And which was the hardest to record because of the technical elements? PD: I don’t know how to answer that question. I honestly don’t know. For me, recording songs is never a problem or struggle. It’s the total opposite. It’s a joy, it’s a process in which we try to have as much fun as possible because in the

end, everything that you are living in the moment will be present in the song that is being recorded. At least that’s what I think, I try to transmit positive things (in the recording). When recording a song, you need to arrive in the studio very well prepared. But after you arrive and the prep is done, instead of having to struggle and fight to find solutions to problems with the music, it’s the opposite, you arrive with a base and focus to create something thats better (than what you arrived with). KH: If you ran into someone that didn’t know anything about Jarabe de Palo, with which song would you introduce yourself to them and say, esto es Jarabe de Palo and why? PD: The Orquesta Reciclando verson of El Lado Oscuro. Why? Wel, because I think it best summarizes the spirit of the band now and what we have done in the past. KH: If we were to turn on your iPod right now, what song or artist would we be most surprised to see in your collection? PD: Possiblty Frank Sinatra. Or maybe Billie Holliday. KH: We know you are very active with Twitter. Do you feel that social media has modified or influenced Jarabe’s creative process? PD: More than influence the creative process, it has allowed the artist to have a more direct contact with the people, with our fans. That is very important because there is no deception from the media. The media can give deceptive images of how you are or of what you thing or even of what you say. With Twitter, that’s not an option. What you say or what you do is direct, it’s face to face. I believe it is a very good instrument to use to be in contact with our people. KH: Do you feel as though Jarabe’s music has reached a broader audience now with social media? PD: Yes. We are Spaniards, we are a group from Spain and we have an audience in America that we can’t take care of like we would if we were living there. Thanks to Twitter (and social media) we can be in touch and it is a definitive tool in keeping in touch with the fans. KH: If we went by what we read in your tweets, you seem to be an eternal optimist. What is the secret to maintaining the optimism and happiness you always send out in your tweets? PD: More than optimistic, positive. I notice things and I also have my good and bad days, and things in the world aren’t going as well as I would like them to, but I always see the positive side to everything; the glass is half full. Being alive is a marvelous thing. Maybe it’s because of that that I always try to transmit that idea, that’s the motive behind sharing in my tweets those positive feelings. Honestly (life) isn’t that difficult. People make it up to be hard for us in the sense that they want to make us think that things in life are difficult, but in reality the aren’t. Now, a hundred years ago it was one way and well, now, it’s like I say in the song Depende, según como se mire, todo depende. █ Jarabedepalo will be performing live @ The State Theatre on Saturday, October 13th For tickets and more info: /




V By: Aline Barros

icente Fernandez is a household name in Mexico and to his many fans around the world. Although the “King of the Ranchera” announced his plans to retire earlier this year, always one to please his fans, he launched a farewell tour that will take him to Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. to please his many fans while ending his 40-year career with as much fervor as when he started. El Rey de la Cancion Ranchera will be back in the DC area bringing us his farewell tour on September 28, 2012 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. “Don Chente”, as many of his fans call him, announced that he

would retire to spend more quality time with his family. “I’ve never enjoyed my wife and neither has she enjoyed me as much as we wish. I live to sing. I do not sing for a living, and then I live to sing and forgot to live with my wife, my children and grandchildren,” said Vicente Fernandez in a television interview.

At the young age of six, Chente dreamed of a singing career. At age 8, he got a guitar and quickly learned to play and began to study folk music. Since then, he dreamed of his future: “From what I can remember when I was 6 or 7 years, I went to see the movies of Pedro Infante and told my mom ‘when I grow up I’m going to be just like them’.”

The Mexican singer, producer and actor has maintained the status of the greatest living ranchera singer and been a representative of the ranchera culture for over 40 years. He is the kind of artist who pours his heart and soul into each song, filling stadiums and venues all around the world.

The singer of dozens of hits including “Volver Volver” and “Hermoso Carino”, who has recorded over 100 albums, more than 20 films, and sold over 65 million copies worldwide decided to dedicate himself to his family, believing that the moment is right to end his career.

His gift to use his melodramatic voice has no comparison. Aside from performing around the world during his extensive tours, he has appeared in the dozens of Mexican films, which have made him an even bigger star. His most often portrayed role that of a proud charro or Mexican cowboy has been immortalized in film forever. Vicente “Chente” Fernandez was born on February 17, 1940 in the humble village of Huentitan El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico, son of Ramon Fernandez a rancher and a homemaker Paula Gomez Fernandez.

“An artist needs to retire with a lot of dignity, in the right moment, and I think that this year I will say goodbye to all of you,” the singer said in an official statement. His career also includes five Billboards and Univision’s Latin Music Award for Mexican Regional Male Artist of the Year, along with a Grammy award for his 2010 album, “Necesito de Ti.” Many fans expressed their gratitude by sending positive messages to the singer and his family on the official Facebook page. Always a hard worker, Fernandez expressed his wishes to continue to work in the studio, and will still be open to television appearances, however, “Mi Despedida” will likely be the last chance fans will have to see him live in concert. Although “Chente”, the face of Ranchera and traditional Mexican music, will be missed by his fans, however, his enormous repertoire will keep him as the “King of ranchera” music for many years to come. For more information and tickets to the Vicente Fernandez Farewell Tour 2012 visit:! █

Vicente Fernandez: La Gira del adios Friday, September 28th @ The Patriot Center For tickets:









Baby Rasta y Gringo By:Juan Leon

athering nicknames such as Eazy Boyz, Los Lobos, El Duo De Mayor Trayectoria-Puerto Rican duo Baby Rasta y Gringo were

once known simply as Wilmer Alicea and Samuel Gerena. Wilmer was born in 1976 and Samuel Gerena was born in 1978. Both of them hail from Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Their careers began in 1988 and they are among the first founders of the reggaeton genre (along with Vico C,

DJ Playero, DJ Nelson, and DJ Blass). The duo’s early songs were in response to the Puerto Rican government’s attempts to censor the increasingly popular reggaeton genre for what it perceived as obscene and vulgar lyrics. These overtly political tracks aimed directly at the Puerto Rican government eventually became crowdpleasing, chart-topping, Latin pop anthems with little or no discernible political content (a familiar trajectory for most popular reggaeton artists). Gringo and Rasta’s singer versus rapper dynamic provided the prototype for future popular reggaeton acts that would achieve success (Zion y Lennox are the most similar, RKM y Ken-Y, and Alexis Y Fido come to mind as well). Baby Rasta’s ( Wilmer Alicea) penchant for melody is intercut with Gringo’s (Samuel Gerena) harsher lyrical flow. As with Zion y Lennox, the two divergent vocal styles bounce and work off each other for dramatic effect and usually musically interesting results. The release in 2004 of the duo’s album Sentenciados was an important moment for the reggeaeton genre as a whole. Sentenciados, a classic album (probably Los Lobos’ finest), featured many hit singles, including the memorable El Carnaval, a popular Puerto Rican dancehall track. In 2012 the loss of Los Lobos’ music’s political content can perhaps be argued. What can’t be argued is Baby Rasta & Gringo’s talent for writing and producing reggaeton bangers in a diverse, dynamic and thrilling range of types within the genre. Versatile enough to go from pure Latin urban

pop with little resemblance to reggaeton, to “pure” reggaeton drawn from el genero’s traditional underground genres, to romantic tropical tunes based heavily in reggaeton’s dancehall and island influences. 2008’s single Tiemblo (along with rival Wisin y Yandel’s Ojos Que No Ven) anticipated Daddy Yankee’s post 2010 turn towards heavily produced Latin pop in opposition to the rawer, stripped down sound of traditional dembow. This departure from the “underground” sound should not be viewed completely cynically, but instead viewed through an understanding of the artist’s attempt to respond to his audience’s needs. Whether or not the artist compromises his principles needs to be analyzed with this basic understanding in mind. Baby Rasta y Gringo aim to please in a pop sense but the main aim for the reggaeton genre, as it always has been is a solidarity with its audience. In 2011, the track Na Na Na Na Na sees Baby Rasta y Gringo channeling tropical influences in a romantic style, reflecting the changing tide in the music landscape while also paying homage to their old school influences. Baby Rasta y Gringo will be coming to the Washington DC area in late September. The venue has not yet been announced but be on the lookout soon for venue, time & date, and ticket price information which will be available on You won’t want to miss out on a live performance by the talented reggaeton duo! █

Baby Rasta & Gringo Thursday, September 27th @ Ibiza Nightclub Tickets and more info:






By Darlene Campos

he music of Tito Puente entertained listeners all over the world until his death from a heart attack in 2000. But, the band which formerly played with Tito Puente is still together to keep the spirit of Tito Puente’s mambo alive. The Mambo Legends Orchestra have been performing for over three decades now. The consist of John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, as the leader of the Mambo Legends Orchestra, who is joined by Mitch Frohman and Jose Madera. All three musicians worked with Tito Puente for more than 25 years. The band keeps the rhythms of the 1950s and 1960s Palladium in their modern music. They have also maintained the beats of the famous Big 3 (made up of musicians Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente). While preserving their classic rhythms, the Mambo Legends Orchestra also mixes in new sounds.

Rodriguez performed with Tito Puente until Puente’s death. For his outstanding musical achievements, Rodriguez has been considered one of the most influential Latin musicians. Mitch Frohman was born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City. He graduated in 1971 from Columbus High School and then attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1975. Frohman soon became a well-known saxophonist and a flutist which gave him a spot with the Tito Puente Orchestra and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. Frohman has also performed with salsa artists such as Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, and Cheo Feliciano. He has worked with rock and roll artists Cyndi Lauper, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Paul Simon

of Simon and Garfunkel, and the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. Aside from touring with various music ensembles, Frohman is known for being the saxophonist for the theme song of the famed television show ‘Sex and the City.’

a featured performer in over 200 songs, including arranging music in many television soundtracks like the classic show The Simpsons. Madera also worked as a percussion teacher for the Boys Harbor school of New York City for 28 years.

Jose Madera is the son of Jose ‘Pin’ Madera, who was the first arranger for the Machito Orchestra. Madera was born and raised in New York City surrounded by mambo and Latin Jazz music. He played percussion and was the arranger and director of the Tito Puente Orchestra for 31 years. Additionally, he has arranged and recorded musical compositions for numerous artists such as Chico O’Farill, Mario Bauza, Tito Rodriguez, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Ross, and Celia Cruz. In total, Madera has been

The Mambo Legends Orchestra is a group that produces music not to be missed., the free press of Detroit, Michigan, describes the Mambo Legends Orchestra as “slick arrangements, strong vocals, gutsy percussion and shiny brass.” You can judge the caliber of their music for yourself, live on September 22nd, as they perform at Artisphere’s theater in Arlington, VA. For more information, please visit █

John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez was a young New York City boy when Latin Jazz hit the radio stations. In 1962, when Rodriguez was 17, he began his career as a bongo player in the Tito Puente Orchestra. In addition to playing alongside Tito Puente, Rodriguez provided his musical talents to Tito Rodriguez from 1965 to 1968 and to Ray Barretto from 1970 to 1972. In 1973, Rodriguez created his own band called ‘Tipica 73.’ He was involved with this group until 1979. From this point on, Mambo Legends Orchestra September 22nd @ The Artisphere For more info: www.


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ORQUESTA ARAGÓN By: Maria Veronica Cevallos

Formed in 1939 by a group of musicians from the city of Cienfuegos led by Orestes Aragon Cantero, the Cuban ensemble first Byknown Aline Barros as Ritmica 39, Orquesta Aragon became known throughout the years as one of the foremost Cuban music groups. Their repertoire, a mixture of traditional sounds such as the cha cha cha, danzon, and son, is one that attracts young and old alike while their 80-year dedication to Cuban music has kept these rhythms alive from genereation to generation. Also known as “La Madre de las Charangas Cubanas” (The Mother of Cuban Charangas) and “La Charanga Eterna” (The Eternal Charanga), the group’s history spanning more than 7 decades, includes more than 100 full-length album recordings released world wide and approximately 700 individual recordings. Some of their best-known signature songs include perhaps the iconic “Pare Cochero”, “El Bodeguero”, and “La Gloria Eres Tu”, among many others. The group began their run with eight members: Orestes Aragon in double bass; Filiberto Depestre and Hilario René González in violin; pianist Rufino Roque; Efraín Loyola on flute; Orestes Varona on timbales; Noelio Morejon on guiro; and vocalist Pablo Romay. After succumbing to lung illness, Orestes Aragon was replaced by Rafael Lay Sr. and the

after Lay’s death and bassist Orestes Varona. Still, after Egües’ short direction, the group, now went under the leadership of the group’s fourth leader, Rafael Lay Jr., and Orquesta Aragon continued to garner success.

group soon began a journey of reinvention, making changes in the line-up and sound. The group travelled to Havana, a bold move which was very beneficial to the band. As the popularity of danzon faded in the early 1950s, the group changed its sound and entered one of their most successful and well-known eras, which included recording more than 100 individual numbers for RCA between 1955 and 1958, including the “Macuto”, “Por esta adoracion”, “El Trago”, “Gallo y Gallina” and “Cha Cha Cha Navideño” and others, some of which have not been released. Aragon’s cha-cha sound went international, and toured the Unites States, Panama, and Venezuela until Cuba’s revolution in 1959. Although the band continued playing, trouble emerged during the 1980s, when Lay perished in a car accident in 1982. Several veteran members decided to retire, including flutists Richard Egües, who had been instrumental in Aragon’s transition during the 50s and took over leadership

Returning to its roots and helped by the renewed Cuban musical explosion of the 1990s, Aragon recorded three new albums, returning to their roots, one of which, 2002’s “En Route”, earned the group a Grammy nomination in the Tropical Music category, their highest honor to date. Orquesta Aragon has performed in many prestigious venues around the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Olympia Theatre, and Tchaikovsky’s Theater of Russia. In 1999, Aragon became an inductee to the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and later received the Order of Pablo Picasso, awarded by the UNESCO organization. The ensemble continues to release material and has become a musical institution keeping the magic of Cuban traditional music alive and well through three different generations of fans. Orquesta Aragon will infect audiences at the Howard Theater with its rhythm on October 24th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the show. Don’t miss seeing this legendary performance! █





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unbury fans know that he’s much more than his Heroes del Silencio frontman past. He’s done what very few artists from previous mega “Rock En Español” bands have done (or any famous band for that matter). That is to reinvent himself into an entirely new type of artist, independent from his early beginnings. This is hard to believe if you consider that Bunbury’s launching as a solo act in 1997 (only one year after the Heroes break up), is equivalent to Jim Morrison having left The Doors, or Bono without U2, it’s just hard to imagine! Yet that is exactly what Bunbury did, and

judging by the release of seven studio albums, and countless successful singles, he continues to reinvent himself today, while his fans continue to love him for it. Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy, better known as Enrique Bunbury, was born August 11, 1967 in Zaragoza, Spain. He got involved in music in the early 1980s, making his debut in a high school. In 1984 Bunbury joined a group called Zumo de Vidrio, debuting as a lead vocalist. After adopting the nickname of Bunbury, taken from an Oscar Wilde novel, the musician teamed up with Héroes Del Silencio, and that’s pretty much all she wrote. >>>>>>


>>>>> Now on his sixth round of the Licenciado Cantinas Tour (named after his latest album), Bunbury continues to pay homage to the great Latin American singers of the past. His latest tour which will touch down in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and Dallas will pre-empt the launch of a special edition “Licenciado Cantinas” CD that includes a second CD and DVD featuring five music videos, as well as, bonus documentary footage on the making of the CD among other features. The special edition album is scheduled to be launched on October 1st, 2012.

One of the things that keeps Enrique Bunbury fresh, is that in his quest to reinvent himself he has lost the ability to be pegged into one single genre. He no longer fits neatly into the “Rock en Español” mold. In fact, at a recent party, I spent a good part

of 20 minutes loudly conversing with a couple of friends (one of which had never heard Heroes or Bunbury before) trying to come to an agreement on how to describe his music and genre. Friend #1: “He used to play rock but now I don’t know.” To which I replied, “It’s like cabaret, gypsy, whatchamacalit music.” Friend #2, “Ooh, like Gogol Bordello?” Me, “Ummm maybe except less happy, and more rock.” So who won? Enrique Bunbury did! He has stumped us all with his constant evolution. Even his first two albums Radical Sonora (1997) which was heavily electronic was drastically different from the moody Pequeno (1999) released only a few years later and produced hits like “El Extranjero” and “De Mayor”. Then after a small break, Bunbury returned

with yet another reinvention bringing the theatresque Flamingos (2002) into the picture which cemented his solo career with additional hits like “Lady Blue”, “Si”, and “Sacame de Aqui”. The variety found in his albums is the reason that when I am in the mood to listen to Bunbury, I have to be very specific in choosing a very specific album. Bunbury at “Flamingos” is going to be a completely different experience than the ethereal “El Viaje a Ninguna Parte”

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(2004) or “Hellville de Luxe” (2008), trust me! Bunbury is also an artist that likes to collaborate with other musicians to create music both on tribute and full-length albums. In early 2006, he recorded an album with spanish artist Nacho Vegas by the name of “El Tiempo De Las Cerezas”. His tribute album contributions include a cover of “Afuera” by Caifanes. Most recently, Bunbury collaborated on Mexican band Zoe’s MTV Unplugged album by performing their hit “Nada”. Those of us that went to see Enrique Bunbury in New York earlier this year saw him perform this on stage as Zoe opened up his show. This type of comraderie and open-mindedness in sharing his talent is what sets Enrique Bunbury above other musicians. Enrique Bunbury will be performing his Licenciado Cantinas Tour 2012 much closer to home this time around at the beautiful Howard Theatre on November 29th, 2012. Hurry to get your tickets, this is sure to be a packed show! For more information visit: █






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By Manu Mayor


his September 10th the third season of the massive hit show, “The Voice” gets off to a hot start. Yes, the show with Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera serving as coaches/judges is coming back. The Voice instantly excited viewers with the blind auditions (the judges can only hear the performers their first time on-air), head to head battles and expertly produced performances of the finalists.

Among all of the hopefuls that auditioned and made it to the show this season, we feel one contestant is the one to watch. This 26-year-old Latin artist can sing anything from rock to pop to his very own baladas romanticas. All with ease and plenty of style. Meet Diego Val, Miami’s latest singing sensation that is about to explode onto the national scene. Diego Val was born and raised in Lima, Peru until his mother moved them to Miami when he was 17-years-old. Diego got his first guitar from his grandmother when he was 14 and has not stopped playing music ever since. I have had the pleasure to meet Diego before his appearance on “The Voice” and know firsthand that performing is his deepest passion. Diego Val is focused on his music and it is that focus and passion that led him to perform countless times in Miami’s hottest bars and clubs. As time went on, Diego built up a loyal local following and started to get enough attention to get booked to open for big acts such as Chino & Nacho or perform at the famous Calle13 festival. Speaking of loyalty, Diego Val has blossomed into his career thanks to his close-knit team. Diego counts on his manager & producer Andres

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Dalmastro, and his booking & marketing agent (and best friend) JC Torres to help him expand his brand. Together they managed to increase Diego’s exposure by booking him into the NACA (National Association of College Activities) College Tour last year. This opportunity allowed him to travel across the country to play at dozens of college campuses gaining many fans in between. Some of you may see Diego Val’s pictures and think he looks somewhat familiar. Well it could be you saw him during one of his appearances in the DC area in July 2010 where he performed during a Juerga 28 Party at Papermoon Lounge in DC, as well as, made a very special appearance at the Peruvian Festival of Arlington. On that occasion the Peruvian festival was suddenly canceled by county authorities while a thunderstorm was rolling through. By the time Diego arrived for his scheduled performance, the stage was being taken down and all the equipment was being disconnected. The clouds however went away faster than expected and the crowd was still han-

ging around hoping that the county would allow the festival to resume. That didn’t happen, but when Diego Val sees a crowd, he sees an audience. Diego pulled up a chair in the middle of the grass, took out his guitar and announced. “Soy Diego Val. Vine desde Miami a cantar en el festival para ustedes, y aunque ya nos quitaron el escenario, eso es lo que voy hacer!” Diego proceeded to sing for the next 30 minutes and his audience who sat around him on the grass, grew bigger and bigger as each song went on. Diego finished by playing his song “Luna” and left to the applause of the crowd. Then, he headed to the food vendors to grab some arroz con pollo. Now two years later, having made the cut to be on The Voice, Diego gears up for the national spotlight. I asked Diego what he thought about this huge upcoming opportunity. “I’m so grateful to have been hand-picked to participate in the next season of The Voice. I look forward to showing the world what I’m capable of with my voice, stage presence and drive. It’s been a long journey and it has taken lots of preparation to get to where I find myself (one of the most popular shows in the world). I’m just gonna have fun and hope to represent all Peruvians and Spanish speakers across the globe. VOTE FOR DIEGO VAL!!!” This September 20th Diego embarks on the biggest moment of his life. We bet he is going to be there until at least the semifinals, at which point he will count on your vote to get him through. Could Diego Val be the next Latin star? We believe so and you can judge for yourself. Don’t miss his performances on The Voice to see why he is Kesta Happening’s one to watch. Go Diego Go! You can see more of Diego at: youtube. com/theofficialdiegoval or like him on █












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By Amanda Landrian

he peplum has been taking the fashion world by storm for the past 6 months or so. You can find everyone from Kate Middleton to Jennifer Aniston to Emma Stone donning this somewhat “out there” style. It was one of those catwalk creations that nobody thought would

go commercial and needless to say, we were wrong. But what exactly is a Peplum? It’s a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached to the waist of a woman’s top, jacket, skirt, or dress. Every retailer and designer from Target to Jason Wu has their own version of the peplum on their racks. If you’ve already invested in this trend, don’t feel like those neon peplum tops have to go straight to storage once fall hits. Pair them with a dark skirt

or jean and fall boots for the perfect mix. Looking for something new? Try a peplum in vegan leather for the perfect fall outfit that can take you straight in to winter, too (check out the great option below)! There are endless ways to wear this trend, so how will you be pretty in peplum? █

1.Tibi top, $198.00; 2. Hinge peplum jacket, $128; 3. Topshop tank, $50; 4. Bandage dress, $58; 5. Sparkle & Fade skirt, $39.99; 6. CÖ Peplum Tank, $89; 7. Asos peplum skirt, $42.58;







Background / Hometown: I was born and raised on a farm in southern maryland before moving to Washington DC when I was 20. People often ask me about my nationality, I’m a mixture of German, English, Scottish and Dutch. So in short, I’m American! Hobbies: When I have free time I love to spend it with my gorgeous pup Lala. She’s a spectacular chihuahua. I also love being outdoors, biking, running and just enjoying nature. I love to dance, especially jazz! I’ve been very lucky to have gotten to travel to a ton of great places and I plan on continuing my adventures! Favorite DC Restaurant: I love eating at Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan, it’s got a great vibe. The Spanish mackerel and the burger are two of my faves. Ask to sit in Joe’s section, he know’s his stuff! Favorite Quote: My favorite quote is a simple one. “Follow your heart.” I try to live by it. Favorite Drink: My favorite drink is anything that Tony T, over at The Pug is pouring! That is one of my favorite little bars in the city!

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By Luis Ayala


eing part of a team that’s putting together a concert has its ups and downs. However, if you’re a fan of the band or artist performing, it’s especially hard to focus on work! Knowing that you will be spending time, up close and personal, with your favorite artist, someone whose music makes you happy, makes you cry, or helped you get over your last ex, is without a doubt a moment that’s hard to live up to! So what can go wrong when you put a fan in charge of taking care of his idol during a tour? We found that out during a show with Pedro Suarez Vertiz (PSV ) in Washington DC around 1998. The arrival of one of Peru’s most popular singers to our city caused quite a stir among his fans and the promoters quickly noticed, judging by the public’s response on the first day when tickets went on sale, that this concert was going to be big! This meant more work needed to be put into the logistics of organizing the show so that the concert would go off without a hitch for the former Arena Hash Member. Everything from sound requirements, stage plot and security measures were essential to the concert’s success. Everything had to be worked in unison and perfectly on the day of the event. As if starpower wasn’t enough of a challenge, the artist’s manager gave us the heads up that Pedro Suarez Vertiz usually has a great impact on his excited female audience. With this in mind we planned every little detail of the event so that Pedro Suarez Vertiz would be safe at all times and we even practiced how he would safely enter and exit the building after the show. I remember many of the bouncers joking that “this is like when the president is being escorted”. After much planning and consideration we needed to decide who would help escort Pedro Suarez Vertiz and his

band around DC for some sightseeing before the concert. Eventually we decided that a Peruvian was the best option so he could really enjoy the experience with the band and crew members. Finding that person between us was no problem, what was difficult was to find someone who was not a super fan who would get easily flustered. When we finally found the right person, we made sure that he understood the whole itinerary of the event and that he kept to a strict schedule so that all events turned out perfectly. When the day of the concert finally came, all the details had been checked, everything was under control and all the expectations were on point. Over 800 tickets had been sold (and as predicted, most of the audience was female). Pedro Suarez Vertiz had a great concert, and by the time the concert was finished (just like we were told) lots of fans ran behind Pedro in a scene that resembled the way the Beatles fans would chase after the fab four back in the days! We had to put all the security guys around PSV so he could make it safely to the van and surprisingly they were able to get him past the screaming excited crowd. Then the driver took off to the hotel as many fans still followed him on foot but gave up when they were not able to catch up with the speeding van. And just there when we thought everything had turned out like a charm, and while we stayed chatting at the door with all the security staff about the incredible last two minutes we had just lived, to our surprise we were able to see someone running in our direction. There out of the darkness appeared the driver of the Pedro Suarez Vertiz van. The first thing that came to mind was that they had been involved in an accident! However, it turned out that the driver of the van had been so excited about spending the day

with Pedro Suarez Vertiz sightseeing, and showing him all the interesting landmarks in the DC area, he had forgotten to fill up on gas before the concert! Naturally the van had just run out of gas! Our worries over the accident were soon turned into laughter as we couldn’t believe this was happening! In the end it was just a very funny moment thanks to Pedro’s great sense of humor. He laughed nonstop while he walked with us to the gas station so we could keep planning “the great escape”. Good times! Don’t forget to stay tuned for more “Cronicas de un Rockero” in future editions of Kesta Magazine! █






By: Juan Leon

rlington’s Artisphere is a “new breed of urban arts center that features four distinct performance venues, three visual art galleries, a 4,000 square foot ballroom, and free Wi-Fi” according to the “About” section on their website ( This

succinct description suggests Artisphere’s willingness to reach out to its folks. Part of this “for the folks” attitude, is a distancing of art gallery practices which restrict or dissuade non-elite patrons. Cost is reasonable (often free admission, ticket prices averaging $15), and the atmosphere is “less formal” (read, not stuffy). Artisphere’s

commitment to community is punctuated by the ART ON THE BUS mobile gallery which displays art on Arlington Public transit buses.

at Artisphere include a performance by Mexican Institute of Sound, an exhibit of Frida Kahlo’s personal photographs and a Robert Rodriguez Film Series.

Running counter to the exclusionary nature of the typical art gallery scene, the Artisphere endeavor is a refreshing attempt to rebuild the bridge between the popular audience and gallery art. Movies and music stepped in to fill the needs of the folk audience after high art retreated to the galleries with Post-Modernism (see William Lhamon’s “Deliberate Speed”). Artisphere houses concerts, film and art exhibits in the same space: literally and metaphorically merging “low” and “high” art under the same banner. Family events run alongside urban musical acts and individual artist exhibits. A typical series of events at Artisphere could include Beyond the Parking Lot at the Terrace Gallery (a free visual arts exhibit inspired by Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”), T-Shirt Nation! in the Education Lab (a creative summer camp for teens), or Mambo Legends Orchestra performing a concert at the Ballroom. Previous events

The common thread uniting these seemingly disparate events is the immediacy and relevancy of the art and artists presented. This is best evidenced by Artisphere’s expanding ‘campus’ (in the adjacent “Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre”, operated by Artisphere…), where Teatro de la Luna is getting ready to host its annual Arpas de America/Latin-American Harp Festival. With these events Artisphere encourages and facilitates interaction with culture, thus re-affirming art’s instructive, pragmatic purpose. Culture high and low is interweaved, which is the way anyone who loves art (that is to say, everyone) actually experiences it. In this way, distinctions are blurred, commonalities unearthed. This is, to say the least, very helpful. █

Be sure to check out these events which are just a sampling of all that’s on offer at Artisphere and Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre: VISUAL ARTS: BEYOND THE PARKING LOT: THE CHANGE AND RE-ASSESSMENT OF OUR MODERN LANDSCAPE Curated by Cynthia Connolly, Artisphere Visual Arts Curator FRI AUG 24 - SUN NOV 4 FREE Terrace Gallery FILM & NEW MEDIA THE APPLE PUSHERS FRI SEP 21 /8pm / $8 Dome Theatre MUSIC: URBANARIAS: PHOTO-OP SAT SEP 8 / 8 PM SUN SEP 9 / 2 PM FRI SEP 14 / 8 PM SAT SEP 15 / 8 PM / $22 Black Box Theatre

TEATRO DE LA LUNA presents ‘ARPAS DE AMÉRICA’ Latin American Harp Festival WHO:RENÉ DEVIA (Colombia), JULIO GONZÁLEZ (Mexico), LORENZO GONZÁLEZ (Paraguay) and JULIE CRYSTAL PEÑA (Paraguay) FRI SEP 14 & SAT SEP 15 7:30 pm / $30 Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre PEPE GONZALEZ SEP 27 / 5:30PM-8PM / FREE Town Hall THE MAMBO LEGENDES ORCHESTRA SAT SEP 22 / 8PM / $20-$25 Ballroom FORRO IN THE DARK + ALMA TROPICALIA SAT OCT 6 / 8PM / $20 Ballroom



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DJ Travieso: El Rompe Discoteca By Ellen Flores

To call yourself “El Rompe Discoteca”, is a bold statement and one you have to be ready and able to deliver on. Luckily for us, we’re able to get down to the beats of musicologist and mixmaster DJ Travieso El Rompe Discoteca in our own backyard here in the DMV area. Being the only radio DJ that has been featured in live transmissions for El Zol for over three years running, DJ Travieso gives us some insight on everything from his beginnings in El Salvador to his crew “El Combo Letal” and updates us on what we can expect from him in the near future. KH: What brought you to be a DJ? Do you remember your first gig? T: Ever since I was a kid, I knew I had it in me. It’s always been a passion and a gift I was born with. I grew up a country boy back in El Salvador and when I was a kid, I used to sculpt turntables and speakers out of clay. Being a DJ has always been in my blood, my passion for music was what drove me to experiment with music and different genres. My first gig was a Quinceañera. I was 17 years old. KH: What makes you Travieso? How did you pick the name? T: When I was a kid I could never stay still! I would always be on the lookout for things to do and ways to get in

trouble. I wasn’t a bad kid, I was just curious. My mom used to always say “¡muchacho, no seas travieso!”. She used to say that a lot. The name stuck, my friends started calling me Travieso and also because my second name is Daniel, like Daniel El Travieso. KH: Why are you “El Rompe Discoteca”? T: I gave myself that nickname back in 1999 officially, because I’ve always had the ability to make people get on the dance floor, have fun and never sit down. I’m always very protective of keeping the dance floor busy. There are DJ’s that just play music for the sake of playing it but I consider myself a Dance Floor DJ because I pick and play good music and make sure that people have a good time on the floor. KH: What music or artists have influenced your sound? T: My first influence was Michael Jackson. He was the primary one. When I was living here (in the United States) up and coming artists like NWA (Dr. Dre, Eazy E) and Biggie Smalls, really influenced me too. I was a fan of the West Coast sound. I arrived in California in 1983 from El Salvador and even before I arrived, I already had a liking to that sound, to that genre of music. The first Spanish language artist I remember and that influenced me the most has been Marco Antonio Solis. KH: Which song in your collection is your biggest guilty pleasure? T: (Chuckling ) I think it would have to be 70’s music. Stuff like Funkytown and Ring My Bell. I think that one is the most embarrassing one to admit to. KH: Tell me about your equipment. What are your must haves? T: A must have? Pioneer. It’s the most professional equipment there is and being a professional DJ, you are aggressive. If you’re going to be aggressive, you need equipment that will be strong and responsive to your style. If you get equipment that’s

good but not strong enough to adapt to your style, it’s pointless. KH: What is your process for creating a mix both recorded and live? T: I experiment with the crowds every night. Sometimes I’ll have something in mind that I want to play or have a pre-mix ready, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Every night you have an idea of what you are going to play for that type of crowd or club but everything always changes. When I’m creating a mix the most important thing is to keep a constant rhythm. If I’m choosing a “happy” song, the next one has to be equal or better than the one before, it can’t be a slower or a “downer” song. It’s all about keeping the pace and theme consistently. The important thing is to listen to all of the music you want to include before mixing, study the beats and study how the mix from one song to the other is going to sound, listen to how well they sound together. Independently of the genre, the process is the same. When you are making a mix, it has to keep the same vibe. KH: Tell me about El Combo Letal. What exactly is it? How did it get started? T: El Combo Letal was created when I met DJ Joe El Especialista. We met at a venue we were both working at. For me the key to success is humbleness and that was what I liked most about Joe, his humbleness. I liked his personality, his craziness; he was a very joyful person. I had more experience than him djing in the clubs, but I liked his aggressiveness, I thought he had a lot of potential. He was really good at reading the crowd and we began working together from there on. We became friends and started “Los Rompe Discotecas” which was a DJ crew that only lasted a year. We went to play a show with Hector El Father but he already had his crew with that name so we had to change the name to El Combo Letal. We added people to the crew by scouting out talent here in the DMV are that have a solid reputation. To be a strong crew, there has to be talent and that’s what we’re

looking for. We are always recruiting and still have a long way to go as a crew. There are lots of people out there that have talent but haven’t been discovered yet and our goal is to discover people with amazing talent. KH: What led you to DJ’ing at El Zol? T: I arrived at El Zol with the help of DJ Joe. El Zol had contacted me before but I had many conflicts and said no. At that time I was thinking on a small scale, I wasn’t thinking of the impact that being on the radio would have on my career. Ever since I started at El Zol the floodgates completely opened and now the sky is the limit. KH: How can we get your mixes? T: You can go to Soundcloud and search for DJ Travieso El Zol 107.9 FM, there are several mixes there and on YouTube too. Travieso’s schedule: Rumbamix 12:00 p.m. Monday and Thursday Morning Mix 9:00 a.m. Tuesday Power Mix Saturday Bachatamanía Sunday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Live transmissions throughout the weekend from Galaxy, Umbertos and The Palace.

KH: What’s next for Travieso? T: I want to be a broadcaster. My dream is to have a show on the radio. I want to communicate with people, communicate my life and communicate things that interest me. I’d like to create a fun show, lots of entertainment. Not so much blah blah blah, but entertainment and lots of good music, of course. KH: What advice would you give aspiring DJ’s? T: Never give up. Everything happens when it needs to so don’t rush things. Never stop playing and looking for the next opportunity, but if it doesn’t come, don’t give up. The most important thing is to have passion. You need to have passion in order to be successful. If you are doing this as a hobby, you might want to ask yourself if you want to do this as a career. █






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KESTA HOROSCOPE Aries: Joaquin Sabina says: Si tu

película es vivir cien años, no lo hagas nunca sin condón.”

-“Pastillas para no soñar”, Joaquin Sabina

Taurus: Enrique Bunbury says: “La vida es poder y las cartas no las vas a elegir los ases en la manga no te van a servir. ”

Libra: Jarabedepalo says: ”Sometimes you lose the reason to be alive, sometimes you could be a cloud flying in the sky, sometimes you need tears wetting your eyes, sometimes you feel that you just wanna cry.” -“Cry”, Jarabedepalo Scorpio: Frank Reyes says: ”Y asi es

la vida cuando tu quieres no te quieren cuando tu amas no te aman ”

-“Baston para el corazón”, Enrique Bunbury

-“Asi es la vida”, Frank Reyes

Gemini: Jarabedepalo says: “En lo puro no hay futuro la pureza está en la mezcla ,en la mezcla de lo puro que antes que puro fue mezcla. ”

Sagitarius: Joaquin Sabina says: “En historias de dos conviene a veces mentir, que ciertos engaños son narcóticos contra el mal de amor”.

-En lo puro no hay futuro”, Jarabedepalo

-”Mentiras Piadosas”, Joaquin Sabina

Cancer: Baby Rasta y Gringo says:

Capricorn: Gianmarco says: “Claro

-”Cuando todo va mal” - Baby Rasta y Gringo

-“Algo Nuevo”, Gianmarco

Leo: Calexico says: ”Be a good example, show your new tricks”

Aquarius: Vicente Fernandez says:

“Cuando uno es bueno nadie le kiere, cuando uno es malo siempre te llaman ”

-“Deep down”, Calexico

Virgo: Enrique Bunbury says: ”Que tengas suertecita, que te conceda la vida cada dia lo que mereces.” -“Que tengas suertecita” - Enrique Bunbury

que vale la pena despertarnos cada día y comenzar ”

”Olvidemos el pasado y vivamos el presente” -“Para siempre”, Vicente Fernadez

Pisces: Joan Manuel Serrat says: ”Contra gustos no hay disputa artefactos, bestias, hombres y mujeres cada uno es como es, cada quien es cada cual.” -“Cada loco con su tema”, Joan Manuel serrat

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Kesta Happening September Issue  

In this issue: Bunbury, Jarabedepalo, Baby Rasta y Gringo, Vicente Fernandez, Mambo Legends Orquestra, Orquesta Aragon, Diego Val, Backstage...

Kesta Happening September Issue  

In this issue: Bunbury, Jarabedepalo, Baby Rasta y Gringo, Vicente Fernandez, Mambo Legends Orquestra, Orquesta Aragon, Diego Val, Backstage...