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Kinski describes the band’s song writing process as very natural, and being a true bilingual band, songs are written in both English and Spanish. Deciding on which language to write in also comes very naturally, as Kinski mentions that they do not pick which language to write in ahead of time or of having a preference of one over the other. He affirms that “Music is the universal language.” He feels that the band’s diversity is an advantage rather than holding them back and points out that their audience is the biggest evidence as they attract an assortment of different people. As many other bands like them, Monte Negro does not like to be labeled and feels that the music they make transcends cultural barriers and is a true representative of not only themselves, but also of the Latin community.

After such a prolific career and undertaking such an elaborate project, Monte Negro plans to not only keep recording music, but also tour places they haven’t had the chance to tour in the past before. Kinski mentioned special interest in touring Latin America more extensively, showing special interest in Colombia, Venezuela, and other South American countries, but also the rest of the world. “We would love to tour places such as Europe and Asia.” He also mentioned a special interest in touring Japan, explaining, “Japanese culture has always fascinated me.”

By Maria

Veronica Cevallos

ith 10 years under their belt, LA-based band Monte Negro has gone through a lot – three albums, being signed to a major label company and then ultimately leaving it, relentless touring in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and being on tour with bands such as Zoé, Café Tacuba and Molotov. Still, their desire to keep evolving and continue making music has kept them working and they show no signs of stopping.

It is no wonder then that the band chose “Zero (Nada Te Puede Parar)” as their first single of their new project, a double album named Replica. An upbeat and lyrically optimistic song, it reflects the feeling of the band’s determination to continue making quality music on their terms. “We are interested in quality. I think now we will be able to do things our way and up to our standards,” says Kinski Gallo, singer of the band. Monte Negro’s sound is a mixture of many different influences, representative of the

Replica will feature rerecordings of 18 of their most popular material and 3 new acoustic renderings from their previous recordings, Cosmic Twins

The band just finished the Longest Day tour and is currently touring again. The Güero Tour, which will again have them visiting our area with shows in DC and Virginia this month, is a 7 week journey through 35 cities in the United States in their 4th national tour. Once they are finished, they will put the finishing touches on recording and producing Replica, which they plan on releasing February 2012. █ For more info on the band, check out their official website at

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(2010), Fugitives of Pleasure (2009), and Cicatrix (2008). Two brand new songs, “Zero” being one of them, and a DVD, will accompany this compilation album. The DVD will include a documentary of the band in the studio and on tour and 11 brand new videos, all of which will be completely produced and recorded by the band. Monte Negro is a band known to be very particular about how they brand themselves visually through their videos and album artwork, as well as musically. Kinski explains that what the band aims to do with Replica is to introduce their music to new audiences, but also reintroduce themselves on their own terms.

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band’s varied background. “My brother Rodax and I were born in Mexico and came to the US when I was 10 years old. Francesco Ferrini, our drummer, is Italian and, Jason Li-Shing, our guitarist, is of Japanese/ Chinese descent.” Kinski says that the band see’s this diversity as an advantage. The band’s sound takes cue from cumbia, salsa and reggae, as well as electronic, rock and alternative music. No song sounds the same. The common factor, Kinski explains, is your basic rock band set up of drums, guitars, bass and vocals.




By Gloria Turin

or years, the music from the Dominican Republic has filled dancehalls all over the world, and one of the most distinctive and beloved voices comes from Hector Acosta, “El Torito.” Hector Acosta was born in Bonao, a city in the Monsenor Nouel province of the Dominican Republic. His first singing experience was in the choir of the Church of San Antonio de Padua, where it became the melting pot that would define his vocation for singing between the harmony of the voices, the smell of incense and religious rituals. After experiencing all of these, he could envision his way forward; which eventually led him to become one of the best meringue singers to come out of the Dominican Republic, recognized by his fans and peers alike for his immense talent. In 1982, Radio Novel sponsored a singing competition and the young Acosta secretly entered the competition against his father’s wishes. He eventually took first place, proving both his talent and determination to become a singer. For the next few years, Acosta performed in local casinos and restaurants, eventually earning a place with a local band, “Los Gentiles.” There, he learned to play the bass, along with other instruments, without the benefit of any formal training. His tenure with Los Gentiles served as a proving ground where Acosta was able to grow as a musician.

is a little torn apart because he won’t be allowed to celebrate his 20 year career as he originally planned. Unfortunately, his 20 years in music had not been consecutive, therefore forcing him to postpone the big celebration. Leaving his pain aside, “El Torito” acknowledges that 2011 has been an important year in his career and has managed to achieve more of his goals – his musical production “Obligame” has hit the Billboard chart and has also garnered him two nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards to be held in Las Vegas on November 10th. He has stated that he will throw a two day party in his motherland if he wins. Hector Acosta may have started as a Merenguero, but lately, he has been exploring the genre of Bachata and has been quite successful in the transition. Although he is well known as a Merenguero in the Dominican Republic and United States, in countries such Colombia, Mexico, Salvador and Honduras, he is considered the King of the Bachata. El merenguero is already working on his next musical production and has no doubt that his audience will be amazed upon its release. There will be many new surprises, he promises, in the new album that should be out sometime in the beginning of next year. He states that most of these songs are corta venas, so you better be ready for it!

In 1989, the popular “Rosario Brothers” came to perform in Bonao and Acosta was introduced to Gerardo Diaz. Diaz was so impressed with Acosta’s performance and improvisational ability that he immediately proposed forming a new band with Acosta as lead vocalist. Diaz, known as ‘El Toro,’ meaning the bull, named the group Los Toros, and Acosta soon acquired the nickname ‘El Torito’ (Little Bull). Hector Acosta stayed with the band for 15 years before he left the group to form his own orchestra.

Hector Acosta, “El torito,” will be performing this November 4th at Coco Cabana and you will not want to miss out on this great concert where you will undoubtedly have the best of both worlds – a mixture of merengue and bachata. “El Torito” promises to make you shake your body with his delicious merengue tunes and melt you heart with his bachata with songs such as “Me duele la cabeza,” “Primavera Azul,” “Tu primera vez,” “Me voy,” “El puerco ‘ta chivo” and so many more.

Just a few weeks ago, Hector Acosta began his fourth tour with his band in Europe and he is more than pleased with the support he has had; however, he admitted that he

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By Maria

Veronica Cevallos

ringing the big top to the world, Cirque du Soleil has spread its unique vision of traditional circus performances to be not only entertainment, but also art. Started in 1984 by two Quebec street performers, Cirque du Soleil has grown into an internationally known entertainment company. With a mix of street performances and circus acts, the Cirque du Soleil shows strive to always stay true to the company’s mission to “invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.”



The show includes several amazing acts by world class performers, featuring the traditional German wheel, where the artist is encircled within a metal hoop, maneuvering it to spin, twist, and turn, to perform gravity-defying acrobatic tricks. Up next is the award winning Chinese yo-yo or Diabolos act, where four artists skillfully control wooden spools balancing them between two sticks linked by a string. Photos courtesy of: Monumental Sports

Always an audience favorite, a contortionist performs an aerial show with a long, silk band where she twists in and out of intricate positions into a graceful display. Another impressive act is called “The Statue,” where in an amazing show of strength, balance, flexibility and concentration, two performers move into positions that are otherwise improbable to conceive, let alone stay in, holding each other in a graceful and hypnotizing manner.

With 20 shows currently touring the world, Cirque du Soleil (which is French for “Circus of the Sun”) brings an eccentric flair and visionary style to the performing arts arena. Cirque du Soleil shows excite their audiences with an enchanting and wellorchestrated combination of theater, musical, and most recognizably, a visually stimulating and physically demanding performance. Larger-than-life, unusual, and sometimes downright bizarre characters inhabit the universe of many of the shows which are performed under the big tops, arenas, or resident stages in places like Las Vegas, Florida, China, and Japan. Currently touring the United States, Cirque du Soleil has brought the DC area its ninth stage show, Quidam. Premiering in April of 1996 as a big top

show, Quidam was adapted into a travelling arena show in 2010. The show has travelled to nearly every corner of the world and has been enjoyed by millions since its premiere. Quidam is unique to other Cirque du Soleil shows. This show is not about outrageous and fantastical characters, but of the imagination of a child. It tells the story of a young girl named Zoé, a bored yet imaginative girl who dreams up a world where she tries to escape the indifference and apathy of her parents. As she plunges into her own thoughts, she creates a fantasy world, Quidam, where she meets a strange character named John, who guides her and the audience into a journey of gaining freedom from the everyday world.

There are other acts combining traditional and modern performance techniques, one of which is the elegant Spanish web act, where five artists high above the stage (unlike other acts where it is only one or two persons) latch and unlatch themselves with ropes to perform amazing drops and tricks. Another is the cloud trapezing performance, also using Spanish web techniques, but this time with trapeze, where the performer drops, rebounds, and holds in a seamless sequence above the stage. Quidam offers the audience not only a visual and awe inspiring performance, but an emotional one – a true stimulation to all of your senses. Quidam will start its eight-show run on November 16 at the Verizon Center. For more information, please visit █





By Christina Cortés

round the globe, there are probably thousands of Latinos in their mid-twenties who’s best party memories, more than likely, include one of his songs blasting in the background. He revolutionized reggaeton and was one of the forerunners who helped put the genre on the map, not only throughout Latin America, but throughout the US. He has won countless awards, and to this day, continues to release hit after hit. Every time you think he can’t possibly top his last success, he does. His creativity is on endless supply and his determination prevents him from seeing boundaries, allowing him to skyrocket higher with every step he takes. He is the father of reggaeton, an actor, a producer, a philanthropist – he is Daddy Yankee.

Born Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez in February 1977, Daddy Yankee is hands down the best-known reggaeton artist throughout the world. If we rewind to the beginning, though, Yankee’s dreams didn’t always consist of becoming reggaeton’s biggest artist. As a child growing up in Rio Pierdas, Puerto Rico, Yankee was in love with baseball and hoped to one day become a professional player. When he was 17 years old, Daddy Yankee was caught in the middle of gunfire, leaving him hit in the arm and thigh, shattering any chance he may have had at making it as a professional athlete. Following the incident, he discovered Puerto Rico’s underground rap scene. He emersed himself in the music – which later evolved into reggaeton – and used it as an outlet for all he had experienced growing up in one of Rio Pierdas’ rough housing projects. In the midst of recovering from his injuries and trying to figure out what to do with his future, he also became a father to a baby girl at the young age of seventeen. Despite all the chaos rushing around him, Daddy Yankee realized his heart was with music and he made the move to embark on a journey that would forever change his life. While still very young, he ventured down this new path, receiving lessons and tips from fellow artists, helping him perfect his art. He then began his independent career and landed a spot on his first project, a mix tape entitled Playero 37. Even though he was juggling fatherhood and the chase to accomplishing his dreams, the young artist would shortly thereafter release his first solo album, No Mercy, which did not gain the attention he had anticipated. While networking within the reggaeton scene, Yankee was introduced to Nicky Jam, another young artist looking to break out in a big way. The two paired up to collaborate on some projects which garnered them more recognition with audiences hooked on the new musical style. After two more solo releases that helped push Daddy Yankee’s name to

the front of the pack, people were calling him one of the leaders of the reggaeton movement. In 2002, Yankee released El Cangri. com – the album that changed everything. From this point on, things were a bit of a blur because it all happened so quickly! From 2002 through 2010, Daddy Yankee put out seven albums; four of which were chart toppers, and one was even named Latin Album of The Decade by Billboard. He also went on to be the first urban Latin artist to reach out to American rappers with ideas of collaborating and meshing the sounds of English hip hop with those of Spanish reggaeton, resulting in hits that transcended the Latin music barrier. Daddy Yankee has gone on several tours, spanning the globe, breaking attendance records in countries such as Ecuador. In September, he visited Peru, where he visited with people from Callao and checked out a mural of him painted along a wall in the city. With such an enormous reach, CNN and Time Magazine have both recognized the artist as one of the most influential Latinos in the world. In addition to being such a successful music artist, Daddy Yankee has his own record label, El Cartel;has acted in various movies and even made a guest appearance on the widely popular daytime American soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful; he has his own shoe and fragrance line; and maybe most important of all, has been extremely active in philanthropic work. As someone who was raised in the projects, Daddy Yankee knows firsthand just how hard it can be to grow up poor. It is because of his own experiences that the artist established his foundation Corazon Guerrero, which helps underprivileged children in countries such as Puerto Rico and Colombia. For these efforts, Daddy Yankee was presented with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award. Be it performing, acting, producing, or being a great humanitarian, Daddy Yankee won’t just do it, he’ll do it all perfectly! There’s no doubt - he is revolutionary. █


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NIGHTLIFE new people and working doing what I love. It’s cool because I get to meet artists and I’ve made a lot of new friends. I always saw them and thought “One day I’ll be on the radio” and now I’m living it.

By Christina Cortés

ince he was a young boy growing up in Argentina, Felix Aguado, better known as DJ Piojo, had un amor para la musica. With that love instilled in him by his father, Felix became more and more interested in DJing, and by 2005 he was booking jobs. After only ten years of living in the United States, DJ Piojo has managed to build a successful DJ career in the metropolitan area. In 2009, DJ Piojo was put to the ultimate test – a contest to become El Zol’s next DJ. The people voted and they chose him, landing Piojo a job with the area’s most popular Latin music station. We went to the People’s Choice, DJ Piojo directly to tell Kesta Magazine readers how he managed to turn his dreams into reality and where to catch one of his hot DJ sets. KM: How did you start out as a DJ? P: I always had a love for music since I was young that was influenced by my dad. When I got older I decided one day I wanted to buy DJ equipment and my dad went and bought it for me. After he bought me the equipment it turned into like a small business, and I started DJing weddings and

Quinceañeras. Later I did proms and other high school parties, then I did club DJing for about a year and a half in places like Portales with Venechi Productions, Babylon and Ultrabar. KM: Tell us how you became a DJ for El Zol 99.1 FM. P: In 2009 El Zol was having a DJ contest. You had to send in a demo and then they would review it. They picked mine to make it through to the next round where people voted for who they wanted to be the next DJ for El Zol. I got the most votes so I won. KM: How do you feel having won the contest? P: Primero que nada, I want to say that I am VERY thankful for my family, friends, and all the people that appreciate what I do. It’s because they voted for me that I’m here now. I’m also proud of myself for making it because I really pushed myself and worked hard to get to where I am. KM: What is your favorite thing about working for El Zol? P: No tengo una sola cosa. It’s a combination of getting to meet

KM: Where do you hope to be in about two years? What about your long term goals – where do you see yourself in about 10 years? P: I would like to expand outside the DMV area and get my name out there into other cities. I want to go to Florida first, and maybe I’ll be able to get internationally known. Long term I want to be producing and working with more artists.

KM: Who has been your favorite artist to work with? P: I still haven’t worked with him. My favorite artist that I’ve met has to be Daddy Yankee because he was the first big artist I met. After seeing him on TV and in magazines I was like “wow” when I met him. KM: Where can we catch you during the week? P: You can catch me on El Zol on Mondays from 3-7pm; Wednesdays from 9-9:30am for el Morning Mix and again at 11:55-1pm for El Rumba Mix; Fridays from 9-9:30am for el Morning Mix again, and Saturdays from 8-9pm on the Power Mix. I also DJ at club Barcode on Wednesdays, Club One in Alexandria on Fridays, and on Sundays you can visit me at Babylon. For more info about DJ Piojo: █




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By Rosario Garcia

ID YOU MISS JULIETA VENEGAS’ COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT SHOW AT THE STATE THEATER EARLIER THIS YEAR OR JUST HUNGRY FOR MORE OF A GOOD THING? WELL, FRET NO MORE! JULIETA VENEGAS IS BACK IN TOWN AND BRINGING HER FULL 7-PIECE BAND FOR ANOTHER FULL NIGHT OF “OTRA COSA,” HER LATEST STUDIO ALBUM, AT THE STATE THEATER ON NOVEMBER 9. This Mexican pop rock singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer brings her Grammy nominated music to the DC area to the delight of her many fans. Many know her from her early beginnings with punk rock ska band, Tijuana

No, while others fell in love with Julieta’s music in more recent years. Whatever the case, they are all in for a real treat as Julieta prepares a show sure to entertain all of her die-hard fans.

To many Latin rock fans, Julieta Venegas is known as a pop singer who isn’t associated with rock music in the least. These fans may not be aware of Julieta Venegas’ many faces, including her early beginnings. Developing her musical talents since the age of 8, Julieta studied music feverishly, learning to play many classical instruments like the piano and the cello, mastering them before transitioning to the electric guitar and accordion during her teenage years. This is when she joined her first rock band, Chantaje, in the border town

of Tijuana, Mexico where she was born and raised with her twin sister, and now photographer, Yvonne Venegas. Chantaje later became Tijuana No, and would become very popular throughout Mexico. This was only the beginning of what would prove to be a very successful music career for Julieta. As a rockera myself, I often get funny looks from people when I profess my undying love for Julieta Venegas, who some have compared to pop artists like Shakira (who also dabbled in the Latin rock genre). There’s no doubt that Julieta’s music has evolved over the years, flirting with electronica, hip hop, ranchera, and even reggaeton; however, she keeps her fans interested and faithful by her authenticity and general love for music. Julieta also has a strong connection with her border hometown of Tijuana, and just like it, she represents many sides of Mexican-American

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culture. Julieta has always thought out of the box and often mixes classical sounds with rock and electronic, then throws in the traditional accordion to pay homage to her Mexican heritage. Always pushing the envelope, Julieta has paved the way for many women to join the Latin rock movement including Natalia LaFourcade, Lysa Flores, and Ceci Bastida.

superstardom with singles like “Andar Conmigo,” “Lento,” and “Algo Esta Cambiando.”

Latin Pop Album category and selling 30,000 copies in Mexico the first week. This album is very different than past recordings in that it was That album was followed up with the produced entirely by Julieta, who composed wildly popular “Limon y Sal,” which garnered her over 40 songs in her home studio in preparation international attention and launched extensive for the album. Later. she flew to Buenos Aires, tours throughout Europe. “Limon y Sal” was Argentina to finish the album with Ale Sergi (Miranda!) and Adrian THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT JULIETA’S MUSIC Dargelos (Babasonicos). In proper With five studio albums under HAS EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS, FLIRTING Julieta fashion, the album includes an her belt, Julieta is now a seasoned WITH ELECTRONICA, HIP HOP, RANCHERA, innumerable amount of instruments artist who many new artists look up AND EVEN REGGAETON; HOWEVER, SHE KEEPS and sounds, including acoustic/electric to. But it wasn’t always that way; HER FANS INTERESTED AND FAITHFUL BY HER guitars, synthesizers, many percussion Julieta struggled to gain notoriety AUTHENTICITY AND GENERAL LOVE FOR MUSIC. instruments, cavaquinhos, woodwinds, with her first two studio albums pianos, and of course, accordions. Come “Aqui” and “Bueninvento.” Although see what this Mexican pop/rock diva is they were produced by seasoned producer followed with her 2008 “MTV Unplugged” release all about on November 9 at the State Theater! Gustavo Santaolalla and featured an all-star in which Julieta collaborates with many artists Get your tickets at before they sell band comprised of the guitarist from PJ Harvey, including Gustavo Santaolalla, Natalia LaFourcade, out, and trust me, they’re going fast! █ Drummer from Beck and Smashing Pumpkins, JuanSon, La Mala Rodriguez and others. and Lou Reed’s bassist, the album didn’t gain much attention outside of Mexico. It was Julieta’s third album, “Si,” that catapulted her to

“Otra Cosa,” her latest album, was released in 2010 and garnered immediate attention, being nominated for the Grammy’s in the Best






By Manu Mayor

he year 1982 marked the birth of your humble writer (me) and one other great thing, El Tamarindo Restaurant. Fast forward 29 years later and El Tamarindo is still going strong and is bigger than ever! Me? Well, I’m just bigger than ever... but let’s not get into the fascinating topic of my fluctuating waist size right now (look for that on a special issue). Today we are talking about a place that opened its doors in Washington DC to cater to a new but fast growing Latino community. A place where every bite made the Central American immigrants feel right at home. This place was and still is, El Tamarindo: the original Salvadorean & Mexican food spot in D.C. Why do I say El Tamarindo is bigger than ever? Well, actually they have physically expanded to meet growing demand over the years and the locale is now comprised of two fairly large dining rooms. Festive, colorful decorations and local art is displayed on the walls and invites you into the open space. You may wonder, how is El Tamarindo still going strong after all this time when the majority of restaurants close their doors after only a few years? The answer is simple, authenticity, value, and the heart of the family that runs it. Jose and Betty Reyes opened El Tamarindo with little restaurant experience; they ran a small billiards business a few doors away

where they sold light snacks and beverages. When a spot opened up on Florida and 18th Street NW (now part of the happening Adam’s Morgan neighborhood) they seized the opportunity to move in. They started with a simple menu inspired by Salvadorean cuisine and also by a few Mexican dishes (Jose had some experience working in Mexican restaurants years before). They started making everything from scratch and it has stayed that way. Whether you have the Steak a la Jose, Sopa de Res, or Pollo al Cilantro, you are guaranteed to have a great home-cooked meal. Their Salvadorean horchata is one of their most popular “frescos” drink (of course you can also find their namesake drink agua de tamarindo or tamarind juice on the menu). The Horchata has a perfect balance between the milk, sugar, and the dominant horchata flavor. Lastly, a visit to El Tamarindo would not be complete without their staple Salvadorean dish, their home-made pupusas! Many of their regular pupusa fans are known to drive from many miles away just to taste El Tamarindo’s pupusas again.For those who may be unfamiliar with pupusas, they are the Salvadorean cousin of the corn tortilla, supersized and stuffed with all kinds of goodies like cheese, chicharron, refried beans, and loroco. Or you can take all the guesswork out of it and order the “pupusa revuelta” which is a mixture of pork and cheese. The hot cheesy pupusas are served with curtido, a lightly fermented cabbage, red pepper, and

vinegar mixture that combined with salsa is the perfect treat. The Mexican portion of El Tamarindo menu does not stay far behind. It offers all the Mexican staples you have come to expect like sizzling fajitas, gigantic burritos, and tasty margaritas to wash it all down with. If you want a real treat try their red wine Sangria, it is by far the best in town. El Tamarindo was the first restaurant to serve Salvadorean food in the area, and it has grown with time just like the community it first catered to. Nowadays the number of Salvadorean restaurants in the D.C. area has multiplied tremendously. Even with the increased competition, El Tamarindo has stayed strong thanks to its commitment to authentic, flavorful home-made recipes, and the insistence of the owners to make it a home away from home for their customers. Home it turns out, is where the food is. Did I mention Tamarindo is open until 2am during the week and til’ 5am on Friday and Saturday? That means home is always waiting for you with some REAL food after a night out on the town! El Tamarindo Restaurant is located at 1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC or visit █


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By Victor Guadalupe

olombia is known worldwide for its culture, coffee, and emeralds. It was 1499 when Christopher Columbus discovered the land and its indigenous people, which included a variation of Amerindians, and initiated its conquest. Throughout the years, African slaves were brought in to cultivate its riches. It is for this reason that, today, Colombia has such a rich cultural heritage due to the influence by varied descendent ethnic groups such as mestizos, Europeans, Africans, Amerindians, and the most recent notable immigration of Middle Eastern people. Sharing its borders with Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador, it is the only country in South America to have coasts on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. With its vast lands comprised of highlands, tropical

grasslands, rainforest and the Amazon, it is no wonder why Colombia has one of the most diverse ecological systems in the world. With over seventeen hundred bird species, over thirteen thousand butterfly species, and over four hundred species of mammals, it makes Colombia one of the greatest environmental attractions in the world. It is said that if you want to experience the Caribbean, you go to Cuba; the Pacific, visit Chile; the Amazon, you go to Brazil; the Andes, you can go to Ecuador; preColombian Culture, check-out Peru; but if you want to experience all of this in one place, go to Colombia! Home to the Cano Cristales, also known as “the River of Five Colors,” extraordinary museums containing the largest collection of gold sculptured artifacts in the world, and a land that is considered to experience all the seasons and climates, it is as Colombian’s would say, nuestra tierra querida – our beloved land. >>>


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Galapagos Island

>>> Within these lands are a people filled with joy and traditions predominantly influenced by its strong religious practice of Roman Catholicism. Popular festivals like the Festival of the Flowers in Medellín, Antioquia, and the Barranquilla Carnival, attract an enormous amount of locals and tourist alike. Along with the many well-known vacation spots like the beaches of Cartagena and the islands of San Andres and Providencia are many large cities, towns, and colonial cities where the culture changes with altitude. Its largest city, Bogota, is as diverse as its country

San Andres

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Bogota, Capital of Colombia

in a whole and sits at a height of 8,500 feet; it’s a place for business offering a wide-range of cuisine and nightlife, numerous museums, parks, and a number of festivals held throughout the year.

For the younger crowd, the city of Cali is among the top choices to visit. It’s the nations hub for parties, dancing, and salsa, offering variety of nightlife entertainment options. Its salsa clubs are among the most popular in the country with their unique, traditional and powerful style of dancing; a style renowned throughout the world. Colombia has not only produced famous salsa artist and groups like Joe Arroyo, Grupo Niche, Fruko y sus Tesos, and Orquesta Guayacan, but has also produced some dancing champions, Barranquilla Carnival most notably in the various categories of the 2010 World Salsa Federation Championship. Other prominent genres of music, like cumbia, are most noticeably incorporated into its Aguardiente

festivals and vallenatos, a popular folk music that can be heard throughout its vast lands from its smallest towns and villages to its largest cities. The food, just like the music, is an enormous part of the culture. Natives and visitors alike take great pleasure in its great flavors and limitless dishes. Traditional dishes like sancocho, ajiaco, bandeja paisa, tamal, and arepas are a part of everyday life and are sure to satisfy any craving. Also distinct to Colombia is the aguardiente, an anise flavored alcoholic drink. Each company makes its own recipe, claiming it as the very best; no home or club is without it. So whether you visit Colombia to experience its festivals, music, food, traditions, or panoramic views, such as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, comprised of the two tallest mountains in Colombia and possessing the tallest seaside mountain system in the world, Colombia is sure to have something to fit everyone’s need, bringing delight to the whole family. █





by Jenny Osoria


Start with a 5- pound kettlebell.


WORKS ARMS, BACK Grip Kettlebell in left hand, arms down and stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend at hips with knees slightly bent and extend arms toward floor, palms in. Keep lower body still as you draw left arm behind you with elbow bent (as shown). Straighten arm for one rep. Do 8 reps and then switch sides. Repeat.


WORKS SHOULDERS, ABS, BUTT Lie face up with legs wide and arms extended behind head while holding the kettlebell with both hands (at base of handle, ball away from you), palms facing up. Contract abs and crunch up as you reach arms and legs together (as shown). Lower to start. Do 15 reps.


WORKS SHOULDERS, OBLIQUES Sit on floor with legs together, knees bent and feet flat. Hold kettlebell with both hands, palms facing each other, near left shoulders (elbows bent, ball resting on back of left forearms). Lift feet about 12 inches. Lean back slightly, then twist torso to the right as you shift kettlebell to right shoulders and swivel knees left ( as shown). Reverse (torso left, knees right) for one rep. Do 8 reps.


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keep their World Cup streak alive. Could it be Estigarribia, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Cardozo or Santa Cruz? That’s the key for Paraguay.

By Manu Mayor

t’s no surprise that Uruguay tops the qualifiers’ table after the first two fixtures. After all, this is the same team that reached the semis last year in the World Cup and won the Copa America just a couple months ago. While it won’t be easy, Uruguay has the most balanced team and their consistency in all lines makes them favorites to stay on top throughout the grueling South American qualifiers. Uruguay stands at top with 4 points, after beating Bolivia 4-2 at home and drawing with Paraguay 1-1 away.


Below Uruguay we have 6 teams all with 3 points. Colombia suffered until the end to snag a victory in Bolivia, with Falcao scoring on a break-away with 20 seconds left in the match. Ecuador looked a bit better but they had the home-side advantage as they took care of business with two headers from Ayovi and Benitez that gave them the 2-0 over a Venezuela that was handicapped by Coach Cesar Farias’ experimental line-up. Farias reedemed himself against Argentina by going back to the method that gave him success in the Copa America. A determined Venezuela shocked an Argentina that was looking good after their 4-1 thrashing over Chile. Amorebieta scored on the 61st minute to put Venezuela ahead for good, giving them their first ever victory over Argentina, another impressive stepping stone for the vinotinto. Argentina had seemed to put its mediocre Copa America form behind them with a convincing 4-1 win over a fancied Chile side. Higuain and Messi did whatever they wanted with Chile’s defense through-out the game and made it look like they were finally in-sync. Higuain walked away with the hat-trick and Messi grabbed one goal. Will Argentina sink or swim in the end? Even if they don’t reach 100% of their potential, Argentina will go to the World Cup. They will however, have many more bumps in the road to get there. If along those bumps they finally figure out that they need a world class coach, they will be a monster of a team. Initial failure just might be Argentina’s blessing in disguise. Chile, how good are they

really? If these first two games have shown anything, is that Chile has some serious defensive problems and some great attacking potential. In both their loss against Argentina and their win against Peru, the defense showed serious lapses as soon as they were challenged. They will struggle to keep up when faced with a team that’s solid in the back. They might put up a decent number of goals (especially after Alexis Sanchez returns) but their defense might concede just as many. In what has been to date the best game of these qualifiers against Peru, we saw both sides of Chile. An efficient, fast team in attack that got a 3-0 lead and a team that turned to jell-o at the back as soon as Peru pushed forward. Peru was able to almost turn the game around in only 11 minutes after Pizarro and Farfan made the score 3-2 from 3-0. Take into consideration the 4 shots from Peru that hit the post and you can see that Chile could have lost the game even after a great offensive display. Chile might win as many games as it losses during these qualifiers, fortunately for them, that might be enough to clinch a World Cup spot this time around that Brazil is missing. Peru had the benefit of being under-rated going into the last Copa America and even the first game of these qualifiers, but that’s over now. Their attacking foursome (really a quintet when you add the still under-rated Rinaldo Cruzado to the mix) of Guerrero, Pizarro, Farfan and Vargas have the capability to upset any defense at any given time, but their success will depend on the consistency of their back four. Peru’s defense looked impeccable against a toothless Paraguay in their 2-0 home win, but failed miserably against a team with firepower like Chile. Peruvian fans might complain that a mixture of bad luck and a bad ref did them in against Chile, but the truth is that their defense gave the game away in the first half. Luckily for Peru, they have the right coach in Sergio Markarian, whom I think will be able to bring some consistency at the back after a couple more games. Meanwhile, their offense should be good enough to steal a point away from home here and there. At the bottom we have Paraguay with 1 point and Bolivia with 0. What Paraguay has now is a mediocre everything. They fought with heart until the end to draw Uruguay with a last minute goal to save a point at home, but how many times can they count on last minute heroics to save them? Paraguay is going to have an awfully hard time away from home. They desperately need a couple of players to step-up for them if they are going to have a chance to

Only two games in and Bolivia already has an uphill climb to make if they are to get back into this thing. For what it’s worth, Bolivia is actually an entertaining team to watch. They are quick and make things interesting when going forward. Bolivia actually created many chances and had Colombia on the ropes for much of the game but just couldn’t finish out those chances properly. If they had only one striker with a true killer instinct, Bolivia would have a much better chance of racking up some points. While the finishing touch is something that they could possibly improve on going forward, their defense seems beyond repair. Their propensity for being caught on the counter is almost amateurish. Time and again, Colombia needed only a long-ball to leave the Bolivians exposed at the back. Bolivia’s two center-backs are always leaving the opposing forwards with good on-side positions and numerical advantages. Do they have a deep enough pool of players to change things around at the back? Let’s just say that at the moment at least, their best defender is the distance between their stadium and the sea-level. The qualifiers will be back with two more fixtures in November. Here’s a look ahead Manu’s picks: November 11th: Argentina – Bolivia: Perfect rebound game for Argentina. Argentina will take this one easily this time. Paraguay – Ecuador: A possible draw. We will see what Ecuador is really made of. Colombia – Venezuela: Colombia will grind out another win, but it won’t be by much. Uruguay – Chile: Chile’s defense will be exposed again. Uruguay will win scoring at least twice. November 15th: Colombia – Argentina: Very tough game. This will show if Colombia is for real. Draw. Venezuela – Bolivia: Venezuela will have a hard time against a rival that doesn’t underestimate them. Draw. Chile – Paraguay: Chile will come out firing once again. Chile wins. Ecuador – Peru: Very tough match but Peru will steal a point from Quito.

What are your thoughts on our analysis and predictions? Join in the debate! Write us at and your comments might be featured in the next issue of Kesta Magazine! █






by Daniela Guillen

re you ready for the holidays? Think of November as the NFL pre-season, a perfect month to start strategizing your attack plan for the holidays. Minimize this year’s stress by shopping for your holiday outfits now. The best way is to find a couple of dresses you love and mix and match the accessories to give it a different look. Colors to go for are deep purple, royal blue, red, silver, gold and a whole lot of sparkle and shine. Another great tip is to stock up on wines and gifts bags. By the time your first official holiday invite arrives, you’ll be equipped with your evening looks from head to toe. Just don’t forget to grab the gift!






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*Check these local places out for amazing cocktail rings and jewelry! $28.00, $18.00 , $15.00, Reston Town Center

1. Badgley Mischka Women’s Stella Open-Toe Pump, $225 / 2. GUESS “Billow” Platform Pumps $115.00 / 3. Martinez Valero Women’s Zeta Pump $82.47 / 4. ONE-SHOULDER RUFFLE DRESS $98.00 / 5. Textured Stripes One Shoulder Dress $17.80 / 6. HALSTON HERITAGE Royal Blue Deep V-Neck Jersey Dress, $ 445 / 7. Spangle-Covered Dress $24.80



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DMV FASHION Box Project combines a perfect tandem, which combines quality design with professional management. An exclusive place, which is represented in this way from the choice of location, opening and presentation with all the strength, creativity and exclusivity, possible. His collection included suits, jackets, pants, coats, shirts, ties, scarves, belts, gloves, wallets, briefcases, glasses… and the list goes on. Elegant range of suits for Different Occasions suits that brings out the best in you wherever you go. Luis Mercader designer suits range from different styles. The best and high quality suits for success. Suits for all occasions from formal attire to dressy or attending a business meeting, job interview, family occasions or a wedding function.

By Gedalia Vera

he most prominent fashion weeks are held in the four fashion capitals of the world: New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. In 1943, the first New York Fashion Week was held with one main purpose: to distract attention from French fashion during World War II, when workers in the fashion industry were unable to travel to Paris. This was an opportune moment, as for centuries, designers in America were thought to be reliant on the French for inspiration. The fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert organized an event she called ‘Press Week’ to showcase American designers for fashion journalists, who had previously ignored their works in years past. The Press Week was a complete success and, as a result, magazines like Vogue (which were normally filled with French designs) began to feature more and more American artists. Until 1994, shows were held in different locations each year, such as hotels or up-scale lofts. Eventually, after a structural accident at a Michael Kors show, the event moved to Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library where it remained until 2010, when the shows relocated to the Lincoln Center. This month, DC gets a taste of the fun with the celebration of its very first Latin Fashion Week. Latin Fashion Week not only brings great Latin designers to the DC area, but also shows us the true talents of these hard working individuals. StellaBonds clothing by Stella Clavijo a Colombian native; blends a sensual and sophisticated South American vision with the vision and vitality of her experiences living in the US. At Latin Fashion Week, her designs left the audience speechless. StellaBonds Clothing combined a Victorian dream theme with a modern twist. Evening dresses in whites, reds and blues, kilted in front and trimmed with Mechlin lace and a garland of flowers, flowed beautifully down the runway. The overdress of blue silk was made like a polonaise with a low neckline and short sleeves, and is trimmed to correspond with the underskirt, streamlining the look with lace and flowers. The line also had wonderful collection of low corsages and short sleeves dresses, with lace and flowers. To complete the look even further, flowers on the dresses matched the hair pieces, giving it an almost whimsical look and fitting in perfectly with the Victorian theme. The evening collection brought a different look to the audience with dresses in silky fall colors, fitted corsets and well aligned long skirts. One dress in particular, in white, was a new addition to the StellaBonds collection for brides, a look that surely had wedding bells ringing in the ears of all the audience members. Luis Mercader one of Spains sophisticated men collection designers known for the Box Project presented his mens collection at Latin Fashion Week. First trademark Spanish with itinerant distribution for the luxury sector. The

Other designers that featured their clothing and accessories at Latin Fashion Week included Nena Gosling, a native of Venezuela, Ilka Harrigan an up-and-coming accessory designer from the States, Maurizio Alberino a Men’s designer from the Dominican Republic. Victor Sabido an Italian-Mexican designer and creator of “Sabido & Basteris,” a jewelry and apparel line. Closing the week, Samuel Cirnansck Brazilian designer, Self-taught in sewing and Unique in Style with a following of a star designer Andres Aquino, born in Dominican Republic the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week, the most glamorous fashion event in New York and other selected markets. Ethnic Fashion is the Fashion of Multicultural groups such as AfricanAmerican, Hispanics, Asians, etc. The first Latin Fashion Week gathered fashion icons, designers, models and people for the first time in DC. Next year we expect more surprises from this wonderful fashion industry. █






Country: Cordoba, Argentina Hobbies: Running, Cooking & Dancing Favorite Food: Empanadas Favorite Drink: Wine, specially from Argentina Favorite Quote: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it “ Paulo Coelho Photographer: Cameron ( Venue: Ozio Restaurant and Lounge

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By : Gloria Turin

hile most middle school girls spent their days playing with their best friends or worrying about being asked to the school dance, there was a twelve year old girl in Bucaramanga, Colombia who was starting her career as a fashion designer. Captivated by fashion since childhood and getting some key knowledge from family members who own the EULATAM Fashion Center in Colombia and Aruba, Mayerly Rodriguez, has become one of the greatest Fashion Designers of Colombia and the Metropolitan area at the age of 32. Mayerly was born in Bacarrancabermeja, Santander, Colombia. She practically grew up in her family’s Fashion Center, surrounded by dress forms and fabrics. Watching her family members sew and create garments entranced Mayerly and gave flight to her imagination. At the early age of 12, she began her training as a seamstress and learned to appreciate

the art of sewing by hand. At 16, she began working officially at an atelier (workshop) making baby clothing. After being at the workshop for some time, Mayerly yearned to travel the world and decided to become a flight attendant. However, after earning her degree and coming back home to the wonderful world of fashion, Mayerly realized that this is where she belonged, and she wanted to be a fashion designer. She is the owner of MGR Fashion Design here in the United States; which had the opportunity to dress the Miss Aruba contestants and many Carnival performers for more than 10 years. Carnivals have become part of a Rodriguez family tradition, “Every year, I look forward to Carnivals in Aruba, family members from all over the world come together and we have an amazing time working together as one”, states Mayerly with great joy. Mayerly is an example to follow for many aspiring fashion designers. From sewing and decorating by hand to mastering industrial machinery

to incorporating her insight into Colombian culture, she has created a global brand that is expanding in her new business. One of her greatest pieces is “El Sombrero Vueltiao”, a two-piece dress that was made entirely by hand and took three months to complete. Its beauty and amazing work won as “The Best Traditional Dress” in the Miss Teen Summer 2011 pageant. Although Mayerly is currently designing clothes mainly for weddings and Quinceañeras or “Para las reinas,” she adds with a smile, she has designed for both genders in the past. Mayerly believes in making her client’s dreams into reality, and for that reason she has made a rigorous checklist to ensure her garments satisfy their every need. Although Mayerly is inspired by every client, she shares that, “My biggest inspiration is my daughter Gissell Botero, who has been with me through this journey. She was the one who gave me strength to keep going and become the person and mother that I am today.” In the near future, Mayerly would like to share her knowledge to potential

candidates to generate more jobs in the fashion industry. Also, she will be taking her masterpiece “Sombrero Vueltiao” on a European tour in 2012 and then donate the garment to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. “This is not an easy business but if you have the passion and drive to become what you want, it becomes easier as it goes. Set your mind in what you want and reach your dreams. Dreams should never wait!” shares Mayerly with enthusiasm. Currently, Mayerly is working on her new collection of dresses for all occasions which include bathing suits, formal, and casual attire for her “MGR Fashion Design -Show”. This great event will be held in the officers club at the Ft Belvoir Military Base in Virginia on December 4th from 3-7pm. Mayerly tells Kesta Magazine that, “This event will be festive, I am preparing four hours of fun and authentic fashion, 25 beautiful models from all over the world, live performances, and special guests so you can’t miss it!” See you there! █






KE? KESTA HOROSCOPE Aries: Tito El Bambino says: “el amor te ciega aunque a veces te engaña el amor es pureza si es que alguien tu amas el amor te atrapa y del nunca escaparás” -”El Amor”, Ttito El Bambino

Taurus: Tranzas says: “Debes

buscarte un nuevo amor que sea todo un caballero que tenga una profesión sin problemas de dinero” -”Un Nuevo Amor”, Tranzas

Gemini: Julieta Venegas says:

“Mientras tanto vamos todos en el mismo tren cometiendo errores y pisando mal” -”Algun Dia”, Julieta Venegas

Cancer: Foo Fighters says:

“If everything could ever feel this real forever. -”Everlasting”, Foo Fighters

Leo: Pink Martini says “Que sera sera whatever will be will be the future’s not ours to see que sera sera” -”Que sera, sera”, Pink Martini.

Libra: Tercer Mundo says: “Ya la

“La vida es un castillo de ilusiones que te desilusiona al derrumbarse” -”Si tu estuvieras”, Hector Acosta El Torito


botella se ha ido terminando, se fue con ella la timidez, llegó el momento de decidirse y seguir el juego o salir de aqui!”-”Dime que si”, Tercer Mundo.

Scorpio: Hector Acosta says: “Mi

niña, siempre le pido al Señor por ti para que cuide tus sueños y si un día tienes dueño, seas feliz” -”Mi niña”, Hector Acosta El Torito

Sagitarius: Toby Love says:

“No pienses en pasado y ve el presente hoy” -”Don’t cry”, Toby Love

Capricorn: Big Boy says: “Nada en este mundo es imposible de hacer ,Solo hay que intentarlo y saber comprender que lo que te faltara ,algun dia llegara” -” Ya no hay tiempo para llorar”, Big Boy

Aquarius: Victor Manuelle says:

“Siempre me preguntare, que va a pasar al final cuando el destino me alcance, y se de cuenta que yo he sido solo un cobarde” -”Que habria sido de mi”, Victor Manuelle

Virgo: Hector Acosta El Torito says:

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Pisces: Monte Negro says: “Ya se me olvido mi amor este mensaje inmortal, y ahora respiro sin voz.” -”Laberintos de amor”, Monte Negro

Download and install a free QR code reader for your phone 1. Open the QR code reader application 2. Take picture / scan the QR code with your mobile device 3. The code willl take you to the Win Tickets Page for a chance to win 4. THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION CORRECTLY ON THE WIN TICKETS PAGE WINS TICKETS TO CONCERT. Good Luck!


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Kesta Happening Magazine November Issue  

In this Issue: Julieta Venegas, Hector Acosta, Daddy Yankee, Montenegro, Cirque Du Soleil, Dj Piojo, Colombia, Victoria Dominquez, Fashion,...

Kesta Happening Magazine November Issue  

In this Issue: Julieta Venegas, Hector Acosta, Daddy Yankee, Montenegro, Cirque Du Soleil, Dj Piojo, Colombia, Victoria Dominquez, Fashion,...