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May TABLE OF CONTENTS

ISSUE # 26

6 LATIN ALTERNATIVE Moenia

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7 SKA

Dr. Krテ。pula

8 FOLK METAL Mago de Oz

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10 URBAN

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Daddy Yankee

11 SALSA

Antonio Cartagena

12 KESTADC.COM GALLERY

Photos of concerts and DC nightlife

13 UPCOMING EVENTS

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Calendar of upcoming events

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14 FEATURE Pitbull

16 AFRO-PERUVIAN Susana Baca

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19 FOOD

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Peruvian Brothers Food Truck

20 FESTIVAL

Argentine Festival

23 STYLE

Zumba workout must haves

25 KESTA GIRL

Ericka Underwood

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LATIN ALTERNATIVE

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ou don’t often think of synth music when discussing Mexican bands (that market is typically home to cumbia, rancheras, and in the Latin alternative scene, ska, and classic rock), however, if you’re talking about Moenia you definitely need to come prepared to listen to some electronic eargasms. Co-founded by Juan Carlos Lozano lead vocalist in their 1997 debut album and its companion remix album Moenia Mixes, the band has gone on to produce over 10 albums, now with lead front man Alfonso Pichardo, keyboardist and guitarist Alfonso Soto, and synth programming extraordinaire Alejandro “Midi” Ortega. Despite the line-up changes, the band has continued to go strong since their original releases in the early 90s. Often compared to bands like New Order, Erasure, The Cure, and Depeche Mode, they are known as one of the founders of the Mexican popular Latin club scene for pioneering experimental, poetic Spanish-language electronica. In 1997 Moenia took a chance when releasing their “Moenia Mixes” album that focused on presenting their own songs remixed by various DJ’s, as well as, reinvented into an acoustic electronic format. Although this move was risky and unheard of in the Mexican music industry, it proved to be a novelty that really paid off.

By: Rosario Garcia

Moenia has had multiple top-20 hits and along with other artists like Aleks Syntek, are considered to be one of the most successful experimental Mexican music performers. Their success was cemented when they became popular in other parts

of Latin American, including Argentinian and Chilean music markets where their recognized singles included “Estabas Ahi,” “No Dices Mas,” and “Manto Estelar”. Although Moenia did not attain success as a cover band, the release of their album “Stereo Hits” is by far one of Moenia’s highest-selling albums to date. It contains a series of highly recognizable and catchy 80’s and 90’s Latin Pop/rock and ballad hit covers such as Duncan Dhu’s “En Algun Lugar”, “Tren Al Sur” by Los Prisioneros, “Beber de Tu Sangre” by Los Amantes de Lola, “Matenme Porque Me Muero” by Caifanes, and last but not least the most recognizable of them all, “Ni Tu Ni Nadie” by Alaska y Dinarama. That cover was so popular that when I was younger and I first heard Alaska y Dinarama’s version of “Ni Tu Ni Nadie,” I thought that was a cool cover of the Moenia song. Their interpretation is so unique and great that they truly give a new dimension to the song. Although Moenia considered “Stereo Hits” to be a stopgap album to keep fans happy while they worked on a new originals album, the albums monumental success required them to stop the recording to organize a tour which was then followed by an album of its own in 2005, HitsLive. Nonetheless, as promised, Moenia released a new album in 2006 titled “Solar” which included more 80’s electropop but included more electric guitar sounds. They also collaborated with other artists in some duets. Currently, Moenia is on tour promoting their latest studio album, “FM” which sticks to the band’s 80’s synth pop rock sound and elevates it with fancier equipment and polished lyrics. From the first track “Morir Tres Veces,” you’ll want to start moving and singing along to that signature Moenia sad-but-you-still-wanna-dance beats. Fans have responded well to this long-awaited album as is evident by the first single “Morir Tres Veces” debuting at number 1 on iTunes soon after the album’s release. Now on their third single, “Soy lo Peor” is being heavily rotated on Mexican radio as we speak. Moenia will be performing at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Wednesday, May 1st. Doors are at 7pm, tickets are available via www.statetheatre.com! See you all there for some electro-pop Moenia goodness! Dejame entrar! █


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SKA

By: Orus Villacorta

“INTOXICATION OR DRUNKENNESS. DISSIPATION, LICENTIOUSNESS. A MAN WITH A LIFEST YLE OF DEBAUCHERY,” THAT IS HOW THE DICTIONARY OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE DEFINES THE WORD “CRAPULA”, WHICH FROM COLOMBIA TO THE WORLD TAKES ON ANOTHER MEANING, ANOTHER DICTION AND EVEN ANOTHER SPELLING. In Bogotá Crapula is written with a K like Kesta and its sounds like rock, like ska, like a musical fusion from a band that above all promotes respect and tolerance. This is, of course, Doctor Krápula we are talking about. A band from Bogota, Colombia that features: German Martinez (guitar), Sergio Acosta (keyboards), David Jaramillo (bass), Nicolás Cabrera (drums) and Mario Munoz (vocals), and that on Saturday June 1st will be playing at Bier Baron (1523 22nd Street, Washington, DC). This would be the perfect opportunity to party with Doctor Krapula since its their fifteenth anniversary as a band, in all those years they have built a respectable musical career and garnered multiple awards that have established them as one of the most striking musical acts that Colombia has exported to the world in recent times.

So it’s no surprise that they were recently nominated three times at the Latin Grammy Awards, for their album “Viva El Planeta” (released last year) and that gave us the single “Exigimos,” a song that speaks out about social issues that is now the band’s signature. The group was born in 1998 and were influenced, curiously, by artists who are very different to their current sound, for example: Juan Luis Guerra or Colombian icons: Pastor López and Galy Galiano. At the end all of these influences were mixed into their now signature ska, rocksteady, and rock fusion sound. And as is common in the agitated road of Latin American rock history, Doctor Krápula went through some line-up changes early on. However, their original identity has played a key role in each of their six official albums: “El carnaval de la patilla” (2002), “Dele la wuelta al disco” (2003), “Bombea” (2005), “Sagrado corazón” (2008), “Corazón bombea vivo” (2011) y “Viva el planeta” (2012). On “Viva La Vida” the band worked with Andres Castro, well known for his work with other artists like Carlos Vives, Chocquibtown and Jorge Villamizar (Bacilos), among others. From this album the band is promoting the single “Buscando el Amor”, a very optimistic song with the collaboration of Jorge “Perro Viejo” Serrano from Los Autenticos Decadentes as a guest singer.

Doctor Krápula is famous because of their energy in each of their live concerts. The best way to connect with their music is through the interaction the band offers to the crowd in each concert. They are Regulars in the infamous Rock al Parque Festival in Colombia, also they have been part of other big festivals like Vive Latino (Mexico) or the Pepsi Music (Argentina), making them one of the most sought after rock acts from the Colombian scene. It is well known that the band also has a strong passion for the “beautiful game” aka Futbol. This is something that has become evident in emblematic songs such as “El Pibe de Mi Barrio” or “Gol de Mi Corazón”, which are often part of their live sets with other major hits such as “Mister Danger”, “Para todos todo” or “Luchando voy”, among many others. Over the past year, the band went on a very extensive tour that took them to play in more than 70 concerts in several countries of Latin America and Europe. And in this 2013 Tour they’re coming to the U.S. on a very special tour that will have them visit New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA and Washington DC ( June 1st at Bier Baron in Washington DC) so mark your calendar this is going to be the perfect opportunity to experience the ska, rock, reggae and Latin sounds fusion that identifies Doctor Krápula. █


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FOLK METAL

By: Kala Fryman

It’s impossible to forget my introduction to Mägo de Oz. A friend picked me up and as we sped around in his car, the sounds of metal, rock, folk, varying male/female vocals and celtic flutes and violins blared through the speakers. All I could think was, “This band is f*****g epic!” I soon discovered that Mägo de Oz’s music is a journey; an adventure from the past to the future. Their stories entice the imagination and transport us to other times and places (literally somewhere over the rainbow); yet bring us back to reality with universally relatable sentiments. For 25 years, Mägo de Oz has been a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene, and has earned international acclaim from 12 studio albums and extensive worldwide tours. A band that has been around for more than two decades and has the ability to grow and create music that still rocks our faces off is pretty epic, to say the least.

began recording their first of many concept albums with new vocalist José Andrëa. Jesús de Chamberí skyrocketed the group’s popularity. Conceived as a rock opera, the album is a story about Jesus returning to the modern day Chamberí neighborhood of Madrid, with lyrics containing heavy criticism of the Catholic Church. Following an EP and the successful reception of Jesús de Chamberí, Mägo released its second rock opera, La Leyenda de la Mancha, a modern retelling of Miguel de Cervante’s Don Quixote. The classic story of Don Quixote trying to revive antiquated chivalry melds with the band’s melodic guitar rifts, heavy metal and a Celtic violin; expertly showing a fusion between old and new, and of the past and present. Txus described the album in an interview stating, “This is probably our most mature album, both musically and in the treatment of the lyrics, in which we have tried to keep a balance between the harder and more melodic passages.”

baroque influences than before, especially apparent in the tracks “La danza del Fuego” and the chilling Galician chanting in “Conxuro.” Finisterra stands out lyrically and flows like poetry through the apocalyptic tales of Satania.

Hailing from Madrid, Mägo de Oz was founded in 1988 by drummer Txus di Fellatio. Txus slowly recruited members, and by 1992 the first lineup was solidified. Originally called Transilvania, the name changed to Mägo de Oz because according to Tuxs, “Life is like a yellow brick road, on which we walk in the company of others searching for our dreams.” The name change was a fitting choice, as the group became known for their lyrics and albums themed with elements of fantasy, magic and mysticism coexisting with historical events and literature. After being finalists in the “Villa de Madrid” music festival contest in 1992, the band began to secure its place in the scene and released its first self-titled album in 1994. By 1996, Mägo

Keeping with the rock opera concept album blueprint, Mägo’s next major releases were ambitious, creative and each showed new and different sides of the band. The 2000 release Finisterra is the story of Satania, a futuristic society created after the worlds largest powers engaged in destructive biological warfare. Satania is digital, computerdependent society with no violence, nor individual freedom of thought or choice. Reading is forbidden, sex is only practiced virtually, and oxygen is rationed out in credit cards. In the capital of Satania, a group of nonconfirmists search for an alternative way of life. They draw on spirituality, and reject the modern advances that initially led to destruction. Musically the album has more folk and

In 2011, vocalist José Andrëa decided to leave the band after 15 years and pursue a solo career. This loss struck and angered fans, however it did not deter Mägo. Their 2012 release, Hechizos, Pocimas y Brujeria features new vocalist Zeta and does not disappoint. Through their classic sound and powerful new vocals, Mägo shows a renewed energy and that they are here for the long haul to continue making amazing music.

Gaia was a trilogy released from 2003-2010. The trilogy is in part about the Spanish conquest of the Americas, which is told through the story of Azzak, the bodily manifestation of Gaia (the earth goddess). After her execution, she is reincarnated and converses with her executioner to tell Azzak’s story during the time of conquest. The Gaia trilogy is arguably one of Mägo’s most elaborate creations, and also shows a softer side of the band. Through songs like, “La Rosa de los Vientos,” “Hazme un sitio entre tu piel,” and “El Príncipe de la Dulce Pena (Parte IV )” the group gives new meaning to the blanket term “ballad” by producing meaningfully intense lyrics about faith, love and nostalgia for better times.

Mägo de Oz has kicked off their 2013 world tour and will be playing in Washington, D.C. on May 22 at the Howard Theatre. Tickets are available at www.tickeri.com. If you’re looking for a unique and elaborate concert experience, Mägo de Oz is not to be missed! █


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URBAN

By: Ellen Flores

It doesn’t matter if you know him as El Cangri or The Big Boss, the truth is this: You have bopped your head, swayed your hips and gotten down low with at least one of his songs and had an awesome time doing it. Puerto Rican reggaeton sensation Daddy Yankee will be performing live and uncensored on Friday, May 31 at the Coco Cabana right here in Maryland. Are you in? Here at Kesta, ¡estamos ready pa’ montarla la noche entera! From his humble beginnings and hard knocks growing up in one of the most dangerous and cutthroat projects in Puerto Rico, Raymond Ayala, (Daddy Yankee), built his career from the ground up by selling his mixtapes right out the trunk of his car. Yankee created a name for himself and gained respect and recognition from the then “underground” movement by battling it out on the streets with other local MC’s, killing it with his wit, his rhymes and his aggressive style. Underground was the precursor to what we know today as reggaeton; it was a gritty, aggressive sound that spoke of the darker side of life in Puerto Rico with dembow beats as the backdrop for the stories spewed out by the MC’s. In Puerto Rico, when someone is called a Yankee, it means they are big, that they are influential in what they do. By pairing Yankee with Daddy, Raymond Ayala was making a bold statement: Daddy Yankee had arrived and was here to school you, “llegó tu Daddy.” Daddy Yankee has come a long way; he has changed and matured into a more “radio friendly” artist from how we knew him back in the day. Seguroski, La Combi and Me Quedo are songs that made him a standout artist within the underground movement and brought the genre to light on the airwaves in Puerto Rico and South America. From ElCangri.com, he collaborated on an extensive variety of albums and compilations and would always finish his rhymes by saying “Barrio Fino Coming Soon!” What is Barrio Fino? When is it coming out? Those were two questions we all kept asking time and time again. It wasn’t until 2005 when it all changed with one album, the one we had all been waiting for. Barrio Fino blew up to unexpected proportions, mainly because of the song Gasolina. The track penned by Eddie Dee (an icon in the urban scene) catapulted Yankee to the mainstream audience and everyone from those at the disco to the supermarket were playing the track in heavy rotation and high volumes. A todo el mundo le gustaba La Gasolina. All nationalities, countries and age groups were singing along to La Gasolina, you couldn’t escape the song, it was impossible, even my grandma knew who Daddy Yankee was!

As his fame grew and his position on the charts got higher and higher, Daddy Yankee became a pioneer in bringing a new era to the underground sound and revolutionizing it to what we know today as Reggaeton. His follow up album to Barrio Fino, was El Cartel: The Big Boss, which served as the soundtrack to his biopic Talento de Barrio, the first movie of this kind to be shown in movie theatres across the entire island of Puerto Rico and have amazing ticket sales. But that wasn’t the end of Yankee, his career continued to grow and his new sound was featured on his album Mundial which featured the standout sensation La Despedida. This song became a YouTube sensation with over 32 million views and dozens of parodies. Daddy Yankee was everywhere and on top of his game. Evolving from underground to reggaeton was his past. Now, Yankee is taking us to a new phase with his “electro-urbano” sound, a blend of electronic music, reggaeton and Caribbean heavy beats. Perfect for dancing the night away or burning some major calories with your local Zumba crew, Daddy Yankee is touring in support of his most recent album Prestige. This is an album that brilliantly frames the current panorama of the Latino-Urbano movement by featuring a mesh of collaborations with artists from multiple genres like Prince Royce, Natalia Jimenez and Emelee. Prestige is a unique album because it is almost a full throwback to a more aggressive, in-your-face Yankee but at the same time, it has that electro-urbano flair that makes you throw your cares away, put your arms in the air and darle duro hasta abajo on the dance floor. When Daddy Yankee comes to town and rocks the stage at Coco Cabana on Friday, May 31, your feet won’t stop moving, the temperatures will rise to scorching levels, la gozadera is a given and one thing is guaranteed: la música te va a seducir. No te quedes en el limbo, go to tickeri.com and get your tickets today! Be ready for heavy dose of THE best quality reggaeton to arrive in the DMV this summer! █


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SALSA

By: Darlene Campos

orn to an Afro Peruvian family, Antonio Cartagena has been rocking audiences with his hit music since the early 1990s. He was raised in the Peruvian province of Callao – Bellavista and originally planned on becoming a police officer. He attended the Peruvian National Police Academy and then he went on to study psychology at the University of San Martin de Porres. But, soon enough, Cartagena found out he was meant for the music world.

Even after becoming a salsa star himself and releasing hit record after record, Cartagena did have some downtime. In 2011, Cartagena was stricken by an illness which affected his hips and he was no longer able to practice his famous dances while performing onstage. But, by early 2012, Cartagena recovered and was able to perform at the International Salsa Festival in Peru.

In 1991, Cartagena had his first hit called “Sin Ti” ( Without You). It was part of his ten track debut album which earned him fame in nearby Colombia and Venezuela and eventually in the United States. Cartagena’s music had him known all over Latin radio and he would soon join the stage with other famous Latin artists.

Cartagena’s illness left him unable to tour and produce new music for nearly a year, but he cited his family’s care as one of his methods of recuperation.

His romantic-style salsa hits, some of which were mixed with traditional Peruvian-style music, resulted from his being contracted for tours in South America, North America, and Europe before being signed onto a prestigious record label RMM headed by Ralph Mercado, one of the world’s greatest salsa producers where he recorded his first international CD Díme Que Sí. Cartagena was soon touring all over South America and even in large US cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, and Atlanta. By the mid-1990s, Cartagena was performing with salsa stars Celia Cruz, La India, Marc Anthony, Tito Nieves, and Cheo Feliciano. Cartagena went on to produce more records and is still doing so today.

“Illness changes the concept of life,” Cartagena said of his sickness. “I appreciate life more now. I take care of myself. You have to take certain precautions and make sure nothing goes against your health. You never stop learning.”

Now Cartagena is back to full health and touring all over the world again. He will continue to bring salsa music to audiences everywhere until he feels he is no longer able to do so. Antonio Cartagena and his orchestra will visit the area on Friday, May 24th at the Diamond Lounge in Annandale, VA! For $30 advance tickets visit: www. tickeri.com! █


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KESTADC.COM GALLERY Fonseca @ The Howard Theatre 04.17.13

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Oscar D’Leon @ The Palace 04.12.13

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De La Ghetto @ Cococabana 04.06.13

Amigos Invisibles @ The Fillmore Silver Spring 04.04.13


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Los Adolescentes @ The Palace Sergent Garcia @ The Howard Theatre Moenia @ The State Theatre Los Master Plus @ Tropicalia Jarabedepalo @ The Howard Theatre M3 Rock Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavillion Lila Downs @ Hylton Performing Arts Bassnectar @ The Fillmore Alejandro Sanz @ Dar Constitution Hall Daniel Agostini @ Diamond Lounge Pitbull @ Preakness Infield Fest Festival Argentino @ Thomas Jefferson Theatre Fiesta de las Madres @ El Centro De Silver Spring Mago de Oz @ The Howard Theatre Rakim & Ken-Y @ Fast Eddies Daddy Yankee @ Cococabana Jesse y Joy @ The Fillmore Jory @ Diamond Lounge Carlos Vives @ The Patriot Center

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FEATURED

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By: Alexandra Lucia-Miller

hen Pitbull takes the stage at the 138th annual Running of the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, fans are bound to be dazzled. Hailing from Miami Florida, the second generation Latino rapper and producer is a natural born performer, whose relentless pursuit of an acclaimed musical career has led to countless Billboard and Billboard Latin Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Latin Grammies, Premio Awards and MTV Music Awards to name a few. Born Armando Christian PĂŠrez, Pitbull is the son of Cuban parents. From an early age, his devotion to his career was both controversial and dangerous. Despite a brief career as a drug dealer at the age of 16, he quickly cleaned up his act, graduated from high school, and relentlessly devoted his life to rapping and making a name for himself. The name Pitbull came from his own tireless commitment to succeed. In an interview with the >>>>>>>


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Washington Post, he related to the breed of dog because, “They bite to lock… They’re basically everything that I am. It’s been a constant fight.” As recently as working with country superstar Tim McGraw for the CBS special “Superstar Summer Night”, which is set to air in May. He tweeted humbly, “honored 2 be a part of @TheTimMcGraw special daleeeeeee”. With such humility and genuine respect for the success that he has achieved, Pitbull shows that he is a fighter and his bark is far worse than his bite. Pitbull’s career began to take off back in 2001 when Robert Fernandez of Famous Artists Music & Management quickly noticed Pitbull’s hunger for success. He pushed to develop the rappers sounds and produce songs that were popular, fast and powerful. With a little bit of luck and preparation, Fernandez introduced Pitbull to Lil Jon. In the hopes that Lil Jon would offer Pitbull a cameo on his King of Krunk album, Lil Jon offered him his own track called “Pitbull’s Cuban Ride Out”. The friendship between Lil Jon and Pitbull would continue to grow with the production and release of his debut album M.I.A.M.I. in 2004. Fans were quick to respond, the single “Culo” rose to number 32 on the Hot 100 charts. Continuing to work on his sound, Pitbull released his second album El Mariel and third album The Boatlife in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Many of the songs that rose to popularity off of El Mariel included: “Bojangles”, “Ay Chico (Lengua Afuera)”, and “Fuego”. Fast forward to 2009, Pitbull released the single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” off his fourth studio Album Rebelution. The hit single exploded on several Hot 100 lists

and was constantly on replay in Europe and throughout the United States; it became the electronic dance anthem of the summer. Never one to settle, Pitbull continued to surge forward, switching labels to Polo Grounds Music through Sony Music and establishing his own label Mr. 305 Inc. He was also honored with a Miami “Key to the City” in 2009. In 2010 he released his first Spanish language album Armando, and collected seven nominations from the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Pitbull released his new album Planet Pit in November 2011; album sales reached over 490,000 within the first 48 hours of release.

The album is filled with collaborations from everyone including JLO, Afrojack to T-Pain and Ne-Yo. Pitbull didn’t stop there, as 2012 came to a close, Pitbull released a seventh album called Global Warming featuring the single “Get It Started” with Colombian singer Shakira. He embarked on a world tour called “Planet Pit” and was even featured in the Men in Black 3 soundtrack. Not even midway through 2013 it has been announced that Pitbull will co-headline The Warrior Tour with KE$HA. But, if you don’t have the chance to catch him on tour, you shouldn’t miss the chance to see him perform at the Running of the Preakness. When he’s not busy preparing for his upcoming tour, Pitbull certainly does his part to advocate for important social and political

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causes. He recently tweeted his support for immigration reform, “I’m standing in solidarity w/ #11million undocumented. Flip your pic & support #immigration reform.…”. He also shows his support for the hour long television special “The Real Change Project: Artists for Education”, following many successful musicians as they return to their hometown schools, sponsor a classroom and discuss the teachers who inspired them. The special aired on April 23rd on CBS. He also makes sure to have a lot of fun, making a guest cameo as Bufo the toad in the new film EPIC! The film is a 3D animated film about a girl, Mary Katherine who lives in a cabin in the woods and sets out to look for her missing professor father. Bufo is one of the many cast of hilarious characters that Mary Katherine encounters. But always sure to return back to the music, Pitbull will be performing at the 138th Running of the Preakness Stakes, on Saturday, May 18th at The Preakness InfieldFest. Pitbull will be joined by hiphop greats Ryan Lewis & Macklemore, along with Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line & Kristen and The Noise. They will perform on the Jägermeister stage. There is no doubt that he will rock the stage and much like the race to follow, he’ll give fans a run for their money. For more information about the 138th Running of the Preakness Stakes and Pitbull’s performance visit: www.preakness.com. █


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AFRO-PERUVIAN

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By: Juan Leon

of work) in the alley parties where they lived. Baca’s mother taught her and her siblings to dance. The popular jazzy Cuban salsa (especially Beny More) of the time stuck with Baca. Baca’s formative experiences are evident in the style, aesthetic, and content of her mature work. The spiritual lament that beautifully compasses Baca’s career and songs connects to her working class/ black identification. Through the unearthing and expression of black Peruvian music in the shadow of slavery, Baca creates a personal aesthetic that actively engages themes of race, struggle, and redemption. In an interview with BOMB magazine Baca iterated her focus on issues of class, race, and history in Peruvian music: “But slave influence has been fundamental in the formation of Peruvian culture and music. Afro-Peruvian music, or my music, utilizes the old music, old songs, as well as, the ones from today. The culture is Indian, African, Spanish. I sang the serranitas for you a little while ago, from Afro-Peruvian folklore, but Peru is a mixture. We are those three fountains.”

usana Baca, the great curator, interpreter, and advocate of Afro-Peruvian music makes her way to the Howard Theatre on June 13th. Chorillos born Baca’s fathomless voice, taste for working class poetry, and unearthing of divers Afro-Peruvian styles and arrangements provide an elegant, soulful example of the beautiful unity of struggle and triumph across musical cultures as well as the uniquely specific flavor of Peruvian lyricism. Through her own compositions and words as well as those of Peruvian and Latin American artists/poets (Chabuca Grande, Nicodemes, Alejandro Romualdo,

Arturo Corcuera, Pablo Neruda) Baca’s work gathers in a torrent of soulful struggle, spiritual triumph, and humane love. Ex-Talking Head David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label-- known largely for its pleasantly unconventional world pop music compilations (Os Mutantes, Los Amigos Invisibles, Silvio Rodriguez, Shoukichi Kina) -- has served as the home for most of Baca’s releases post 1995 when she came to worldwide consciousness after appearing on David Byrne’s “The Soul of Black Peru” compilation with her interpretation of the haunting ballad “Maria Lando”. Baca’s work and aesthetic is vitally pragmatic and active in character: From July 2011 to December 2011 she was Peru’s Minister of Culture in the Ollanta

Humala administration. She also served as the President of the Commission of Culture for the Organization of American States from 2011 to 2013. Along with her husband Ricardo Pereyra, Baca has founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo in her native Chorrillos to foster the preservation, creation, and discovery of Afro-Peruvian culture and music. Born in 1944 in the coastal village of Chorrillos, the young Baca was surrounded by a musical family. Her father and mother both worked day jobs (he as a chauffeur, she was a cook and washed clothes). But her father was also her neighborhood’s unofficial musician, playing serranitas (songs about cotton-pickers who came from the Andes to the east coast in search

Baca’s last release, Afrodiaspora (for the Luaka Bop label), continues Baca’s unearthing and transforming and blending of sounds, spirits, emotions, and history. Sometimes romantic (“Detras De La Puerta”), sometimes tragically transcendent (“Bendiceme”), sometimes fiery (“Plena Y Bomba” featuring Calle 13), Afrodiaspora is always soulful. Baca illuminates the majestic poetry of struggle, discovery, digging into the past-- for tragedy, for history, for diamonds. Susana Baca plays the Howard Theatre (620 T Street, NW ) on Thursday June 13. Doors open at 6PM. Tickets are $28 in advance, $32 on the day of show. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www. ticketmaster.com). █


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Their sandwiches like the pan con pollo are extremely tender. The brothers use a slow marinating process that allows the poultry to soak up the rich garlic and lemon mixture for an entire day.

By: Daniela Guillen

eruvians, your prayers have been answered. Craving pan con chicharrón or lucúma ice cream? Then listen up because there is a new Latin food truck in town to spice things up. Local brothers Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone have decided to come together and bring some authentic Peruvian flavor to the D.C. food truck scene. Their truck serves a variety of sandwiches like pan con asado, butifarra and pan con pollo. They also have empanadas; a quinoa salad and sweets like arroz con leche and maracuyá ice cream. The menu, all priced under $10, highlights some of Peru’s best cuisine. Passionate about their heritage and food, Giuseppe and Mario set out to recreate some the most memorable foods they had while growing up in La Punta, Peru. Growing up in Peru they watched their father and uncle run small restaurants from boats, it was only natural that for them running mobile eateries is in their blood. Giuseppe, a USA Olympian rower, uses the same determination and passion he used to compete in the

Olympics to drive his own business here with his brother. While Mario is the creative chef, Giuseppe manages the operation of the business. Mario’s experience as a bartender has prepared him for his new role; “Bartending is about maintaining quality while working in a fast-paced environment under pressure. Our patrons at the food truck are expecting the same quick turnaround while maintaining exceptional quality. The only difference is these days my guests are all sober, ” says Mario. The menu items at Peruvian Brothers were carefully chosen and researched, in order to make them as authentic as possible. For example, it took them almost two months to get their hands on the perfect sandwich roll. To achieve this, they worked with the great team over at the French Bread Factory in Sterling, Virginia to create a custom “Peruvian Brothers” roll for their sandwiches.

The butifarra (pork loin) is prepared in a similar way but goes through a longer process. To achieve the smoky taste the pork is marinated with a blend of spices, most notably achiote. After marinating overnight the pork is then boiled in a plastic bag for three hours. The process helps keep the unique marinade very concentrated and the meat particularly tender. Although long to prepare, “the results are supreme,” says Mario and Giuseppe.

After experiencing a very successful soft opening and selling out of everything, they predict that the pan con chicharrón will be the most popular item. The pan con chicharrón is a hearty serving of pork loin boiled in a Peruvian broth, then lightly fried and served on a French roll topped with baked sweet potato slices and their signature criolla sauce. “This

sandwich is an iconic Peruvian staple and for good reason,” says Giuseppe. For those with a sweet tooth the maracuyá (passion fruit) and lucúma ice creams are not to be missed. “We wanted to highlight the unique flavors of the lucúma, a subtropical fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru,” says Mario. The brothers blend two layers of milk, caramel and dulce de leche to create the ice cream consistency. The result is a thick velvety texture and a delicate blend of flavor. Starting a new business is not always easy but Mario and Giuseppe’s success has been a result of determination, passion and support. Both agree that their mom has been their number one supporter. “She has been our consultant, our coordinator and our number one supporter. Also our family and friends have helped us create the menu, showcasing our menu items by taking great photos and advising us from their own experience in different business, ” adds Mario and Giuseppe. Please be sure to visit their website www.peruvianbrothers.com to find out when they are serving lunch near you! █


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FESTIVAL

By:Aline Barros

AS IMMIGRANTS, IT IS EASY TO FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS THAT REMIND US OF WHAT HOME SMELLS LIKE, LOOKS LIKE, OR FEELS LIKE. ESPECIALLY WHEN HOME IS ALMOST 6,000 MILES AWAY. THAT’S HOW FAR ARGENTINA IS FOR DANIEL MANZONI, WHO MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS IN 1978, AND AFTER FEELING NOSTALGIC AND THANKFUL FOR THE NEW HOME, THEY DECIDED TO CREATE THE ARGENTINE FESTIVAL.

The festival now in its 26th edition, will take place at the Thomas Jefferson Theater in Arlington, Va., on Saturday, May 18th and promotes the Latino culture while integrating the Americas. MC’s Patricia Romiti will be this year’s host, with special participation of local and international artists from the Argentinian scene. Mariana Cayon will be debuting the hit “Queen of Song” and Esteban Cordoba will be enchanting the audience with his new album “Vida.” The public will also enjoy Los Ceibales, traditional Chalchalero folklore the most popular band in Cosquín, the “Mecca of Argentine Folklore”. The singing of Roberto Leiva, a talented singer who led the legendary Nelly Omar to invite him to share his first Luna Park performance in 2005. The internationally renowned Ferny and Magic Requinto, and Carlos Gutierrez, an Argentine Tango dancer and teacher who has been dancing for more than 30 years.

“It is a very inclusive festival and you don’t need to be Argentinian to participate,” says Daniel Manzoni, the festival’s organizer, who explains the event is a way to also promote Argentinian food, music, dance and folklore. But Manzoni not only hopes to encourage Argentinian integration with each other, but also to have new immigrants part of the event, “that way they (immigrants) can live in a new country without so much pain,” he affirms. For him, the festival contributes to what the United States is all about: a diverse place with different languages, cultures and people. “We have a lot in common and we have a lot to share with Americans, Hispanics and the whole international community,” he adds. The doors for the Argentine Festival open at 4:00 pm with typical Argentine food, Exhibitions, and a fair. Live music demonstrations begin from 5:45pm until 10:30pm with a small intermission included.

According with Capital PR News, The Argentine Festival 2013 is supported in part by Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division is partially supported and funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and the auspices of the Embassy of Argentina. Tickets for the 26th Argentine Festival are priced at $20 in advance and $30 at the door, but a family of five can purchase a package for $80 that includes a raffle for 2 round-trip tickets from Miami to Buenos Aires. For more information, visit festivalargentinousa.com, or call 703-212-5850. █


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AS KANYE WEST ONCE SAID POP IN THAT “GET RIGHT FOR THE SUMMER WORKOUT TAPE” AND HIT THE GYM. Spring is such a great time to get

motivated and start a workout routine. Washington D.C. has great scenic routes for things like running or biking. However, if running isn’t your thing then hit up a local Zumba class and sweat your little heart out by dancing and just having FUN. Zumba is an easy way to get your cardio done while learning some great dance routines and sweating out those toxins that will allow you to shed those unwanted pounds. If you’ve ever taken a Zumba class you know that you’ll leave drenched in sweat so choosing breathable workout clothes is really important. I asked local Zumba instructor, Liza Burrell, about styles and trends in her class, “crop pants and dance tennis shoes are popular” she said. Liza also advices that you stay away from running shoes, “it doesn’t allow you to move freely and you could end up twisting your ankle,” she says. Her personal favorite are the cardio workout shoes by Nike. Above all remember to wear clothes that you’re comfortable in so that you can be worried about learning those tricky steps instead of if your pants will stay on properly! With these Kesta tips next time you go to class you’ll be looking like a Zumba pro!

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Background: Michigan Hobbies: Boating and traveling. Favorite Quote: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” Favorite Movie: “Hope Floats” Favorite Drink: Tequila (1942) Photography: DC Pro Studio


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ELECTRO-CUMBIA-NORTEÑO

ALBUM REVIEW

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hen talking about Los Master Plus it’s hard not to chuckle. This band takes humor in music to the next level. Their parodies (or remakes) of Kings of Leon’s “Sex is on Fire” and No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” aside from being witty and very well choreographed are hilarious and best enjoyed by watching the accompanying music videos of “Sexo en Fuego” and “Mami”. It’s hard to describe Los Master Plus for the blind eye as the band is as much a visual spectacle as they are an auditory one. Los Master Plus are made up simply of Larry Mon y El Comanche. Two characters who appear dressed in full flashy (and definitely cheesy) Norteño outfits, have epic moustaches, and are a definite hit with the ladies as is apparent in every music video in which they are surrounded by scantily clad women. Larry Mon y El Comanche hail from Guadalajara Mexico, where the idea of the “two vaqueros sexies” was born. Although their covers are what have garnered them the most recognition since the groups launch, they offer some solid original pieces in which they sample beats from well-known cumbias and even incorporate elements of hiphop into their songs. Their current single titled “Enfermo de Amor” is available for download on their website with a free EP titled “Sin Llorar. While at first listen “Enfermo de Amor” may appear to be a song about a lovesick guy who is missing the love of his life, upon further investigation it turns out to be a song about an obsessive stalker who kidnaps his victim, proceeds to do creepy things to her such as the

standard tying her up, cutting locks of her hair for scrapbooks, and wearing shirts with her pictures glued on them (fun times)! The story ends in fun Master Plus fashion with the classic depiction of Stockholm syndrome (for those of you not near your Wikipedia page, that’s a psychological phenomenon in which the victim develops positive feelings towards their captors). The music video for “Enfermo de Amor” comes complete with an apparent FBI raid and shoot out (orchestrated by los Master Plus themselves) after which the “saved” victim is seen crying over the loss of her stalker and creating her own scrapbook filled with creepy stalker mementos. Oh what fun!

West coast based singer-songwriter Maria Del Pilar has got just the album to welcome the summer with. Del Pilar released her second solo album “Songs + Canciones” last month, inspired by a trip to her native Chile and its alternative music scene. The album was produced by Chilean DJ Vicente Sanfuente, responsible for the likes of Francisca Valenzuela. Del Pilar, the former front woman of California band, Los Abandoned, has a soft melodic voice that she combines with quirky synth squiggles, Latin riffs, and lightweight yet inspiring bilingual lyrics. “Songs + Canciones” is an album with noteworthy tracks in its entirety, however, the first official single “Motivation,” is a feel-good 80’s style ode to Del Pilar’s rebirth as an artist and the release of creativity she experienced in Chile. Another groovetastic track already in rotation in Los Angeles’s alternative radio KCRW is “High Heels,” with del Pilar singing about a night out in her heels and how, “all the things that go wrong sometimes are more fun than the things that go right.” Del Pilar’s best track on the album may be “Huaso de los Angelitos,” a heartfelt collaboration with fellow Chilean Gepe, another talented artist in the Latin alternative scene. The song was inspired by her father, a folk singer who paid for her piano lessons by performing at parties dressed up like a Chilean cowboy. Del Pilar’s remembers her father often saying that you must “crear para creer” in other words creating is the only way to continue to be inspired. This album is the first part of a trilogy Pilar plans to release later this year. Pick up the album if you’re into artists like Julieta Venegas, Kinky, and Natalia Lafourcade. █

Los Master Plus live up to their autodescription of “jefes del vacilon” the “bosses of the party” as they state in their biography, “their energy and music will make even the most uptight people dance and will make even the most reserved nuns sing along.” The duo don’t keep their humor to their songs if you visit their website: www.losmasterplus.com you can partake in a do-or-die debate on which style of mustache is the best. With 41% of the votes as of time of printing, it looks like “arremolinao” is a clear winner, followed by “motociclista maton” as a close second. You can place your vote on who has the best moustache and vaquero sexy moves when Los Master Plus visit the Washington DC area along with BioRitmo on Friday, May 3rd at Tropicalia (U St & 14th St NW ), $10, 21+. Doors open at 7pm with music by DJ Vino. Don’t miss out on this great party! █

By: Juan Leon

Raul y Mexia’s debut Arriba Y Lejos (Nacional Records) is a display of producer Toy Selectah’s diverse and masterful talent as much as a showcase for Raul y Mexia’s pop charisma. Sons of legendary Tigres Del Norte bassist Hernan Hernandez, the US-raised Raul y Mexia’s music (unsurprisingly) lies mostly outside of the traditional norteño sound practiced by their father’s band. Jumping from cumbia (“Solo Para Ti”), to reggaeton (“Yo Tambien”), to hip-hop (“Tienes Algo”), Arriba Y Lejos unleashes a torrent of styles and genres, reflecting current underground/mainstream collisions of past and present Latin music. A title like Arriba Y Lejos (Up and Far Away) might suggest a poignancy the album never delivers on (at least lyrically). Instead, “Arriba Y Lejos” seems to refer to ambition, to flight, to the heights Raul Y Mexia seek to rise to. █


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By: Juan Leon

By: Juan Leon

s DJs, party throwers, curators of the underground, and all around lovers of art, music, and people the Maracuyeah Collective’s contribution to DC’s music scene is inestimable. Fronted by DJ Rat a.k.a “Kristy Chavez” and DJ Mafe a.k.a “Mafe Escobar”, Maracuyeah aims to celebrate, cultivate, and sometimes remix (within) Latin/ Caribbean/African cultures in DC and do it while throwing some of the best parties in the area. Kesta talked recently with the extremely gracious duo whose enthusiasm and passion for a feeling of community/ family accompanies their work. Kesta: How did you start the Maracuyeah Collective? DJ Mafe: We decided to start it because we saw that there was an opportunity for folks who want to listen to new artists coming from Latin America that are mixing electronic with traditional sounds. We loved it and wanted to be able to share it with other folks and we didn’t see a space happening in DC for it. Kesta: What is each of your musical backgrounds? Rat: I grew up listening to a lot of cassettes and CDs and making my own CDs with friends and family. Growing up I liked punk and hip-hop a lot but also listened to cumbia and folkloric music at family

parties, even some vals that had some sort of Peruvian twist on it. Then in college I got more into radio and had my own radio show where I got to experiment with playing for a live audience and experiment with that base of music. Mafe: Music is something I’ve always been around. My dad was for a while the one in charge of the fiestas populares in his town. And his job was to prepare music for a week-long festival. So in my house there’s always been music around. Kesta: Who are some artists from the past who influence or shape what you do? Rat: One of the musical styles I listen to a fair amount is huayno groups. We would dance that at parties and it’s an Andean dance style. And other folks are chicha groups. So like Pintura Roja, Grupo Alegria, los Shapis, and then also Techno Cumbieras with rockin’ voices like Rossy War and Selena. We listen to in Peru a lot of Colombian cumbia. Ivy Queen and La Factoria was a representation of something that I had seen in English but hadn’t in the Spanish language that much: this fierce front woman. Mafe: My dad, with cassettes, would make us travel across Colombia. And one of the cassettes was Los Billos Caracas Boys, who are Venezuelan but they play like porro and stuff like that. And then my mom had another cassette that was all the hits of the ‘60’s. So it was like “Agujetas de color de rosa…” Rat: I love that song.

Mafe: But from my dad’s side it’s like Olga Guillot from Cuba, Lucho Bermudez, and Los Alfa Ocho, an orchestra. For me rock en Spanish was Sui Generis, like Charly Garcia. Another person that really changed my music views was Robi Draco Rosa, I love him. For the tropical thing, Bomba Estereo. I heard “Huepaje”, one of their first songs, and was like, what is this? Cumbia with electronica love. Kesta: And what current artists are you feeling? Rat: One of the artists that we’ve been talking to a lot is Mpeach. She’s in New York but from Venezuela. She’s been doing a lot of stuff musically in terms of production and MC’ing, and creating video art. I think we’ve featured Zuzuka Poderosa who does something, maybe parallel, in terms of taking her own upbringing with baile funk and making it her own. What does she call it? Mafe: Carioca bass? Rat: International music babies she calls it. Other artists we’ve been listening to-- Los Macuanos from Mexico, el Maria y Jose-Mafe: They’re part of cocobass (record label). There’s a bunch of young people from North Mexico doing crazy ass electronic music with that. Rat: There’s another group Quechua boy. Maldita Fan is another artist I really love. Who else?

Mafe: Chico Trujillo-- I really like them. They’re like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs but in cumbia version Chilean. And then we love Chilean people. Like Adrian Igual-Rat: Mamacita, Javiera Mena. There are a whole rack of Chilean folks! Kesta: What is your vision or mission statement if you had to describe one? Rat: Fun. Respect. I think we want to bring together the community. We want to celebrate and make it okay for people to be weirdos and to be hybrid. I really want to make a really colorful space for people to feel comfortable with themselves. I also want a participatory space for underground and traditional tropical music to combine. Mafe: Yeah. And also I think just showing that Latin Art doesn’t just mean one thing, or immigrant doesn’t mean one thing. We’re a hybrid. Maracuyeah will be celebrating their 2 year anniversary with a special guest from Mexico Dj Guaguis (Kumbia Queers/ Ultrasonicas) + mas surprises and of course Resident DJs Mafe y rAt at Tropicalia (14th & U Street NW, DC) on Thursday, May 9th, 10pm-2am, 21+, $5-$10 sliding scale cover. To find out about their future events visit: www.maracuyeah.com and listen to their current mixes on Soundcloud.com/ maracuyeahdc. █


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Jesse & Joy says “No hay nadie mejor eres la crema en mi cafe la cereza del pastel ”

Libra: Alejandro Sanz says: “La frontera es tu imaginacion”

Taurus: Jarabedepalo says: “El tiempo no se detiene ni se compra ni se vende. No se coge ni se agarra, se le odia o se le quiere..” -“Tiempo”, Jarabedepalo

Scorpio: Susana Baca says: “Goza

Gemini: Dr Krápula says: “Eres solecito de mañana, se coló por mi ventana calentó toda mi alma y alumbró mi corazón “ -”Mi sol”, Dr Krápula

Sagitarius: Pitbull says: “No te preocupes lo que diga Juanita, Pepita o Menganita, ”

Cancer: Mago de Oz says: “Despiertate

Capricorn:

-”Cuando sea espacio”, Alejandro Sanz

-“Una en un millon”, Jesse y Joy

sin dejar de soñar, despues de hoy que habra” -”1000 lagrimas” -Mago de Oz

Leo: Lila Downs says: “Dicen que la hierba le cura la mala fé” -”La Cumbia del Mole” - Lila Downs

Virgo: Juanes says: ”Ama la tierra en que naciste, amala es una y nada mas” -”La Tierra”, Juanes

negra presentuosa!”

-“Negra presuntuosa”, Susana Baca

-”Bonita”, Pitbull

Daddy Yankee says “Los buenos tiempos hay que celebrar ”

-“Buenos Tiempos”, Daddy Yankee

Aquarius: Antonio Cartagena says:

”Ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente” -“Ojos que no ven”, Antonio Cartagena

Pisces: Carlos Vives says: ”Y es mi forma de amar latino. Es tu forma de amar latino. Tu manera de amar latino” -”Amor Latino”, Carlos Vives

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