Latin Notas is a news summary, compiled by Billboard's Latin editors, about new songs, videos, concert announcements and what Latin musicians are doing in the world of entertainment.
Residente will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their “Power to the People!” festival this year
The Puerto Rican rapper and former Calle 13 lead singer is confirmed to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 7 singing his empowering and social-justice-oriented tracks along with an orchestra directed by Venezuelan L.A. Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel. “I will be performing all of my songs, from the early days until now along with the L.A. Philharmonic. I love you, L.A.,” Residente announced in a video posted on Instagram.
It’s not the first time Residente and Dudamel, who made his debut with the L.A. Phil in 2005, have collaborated. In 2011, Calle 13 performed their award-winning “Latinoamérica” to open the awards show. The performance was backed by the Venezuelan symphony orchestra conducted by Dudamel.
Power to the People is a festival presented in collaboration with the California African American Museum.
Women in Music Miami names new chapter committee leaders
The Women in Music Miami Chapter announced the appointment of four new vice-chairs to its leadership team. Mayte S. Alvarez, Danixa Lopez, Isabel C. Paz and Michelle Velez are joining the chapter committee leadership as vice-chairs of Membership, Communications, Events and Fundraising, respectively. The appointments will run through 2020. They succeed founding vice-chairs Olga Cardona, Bianca Champagne and Nikole Flores, whose leadership helped establish the chapter as one of the fastest-growing chapters within the organization. “We are thrilled to welcome a group of accomplished industry veterans to our leadership team,” said Mayna Nevarez, global chair of communications and chair of the Miami Chapter. “Their commitment and dedication have been vital to the expansion of our chapter. They will reinforce our mission of empowerment and the advancement of gender equity for all women in the music industry.”
Isabel Paz joins Warner Music Latina
Speaking of Women in Music's Isabel C. Paz, she has also joined Warner Music Latina team as publicity and promotions associate director. Paz started her career at Sony Music as national publicity manager creating the media strategy and developing a voice for the image of several artists, including Shakira, Ricky Martin and Alejandro Fernandez, to name a few. Her expertise includes working with concert promoters, radio, TV networks and digital media outlets. Before joining Warner, Paz was at Seitrack U.S. working on the development of artists such as Miguel Bosé, Zoé, Bronco, Ha*ash and Ximena Sariñana, among others, for the U.S market.
Stephen Brooks ascends to president of Latido Networks
Jason Peterson, CEO of GoDigital Media Group, has announced the formation of Latido Networks, a new multiplatform media holding company oriented to the millennial and Generation Z LatinX community and, at the same time, has promoted Stephen Brooks to the role of president of Latido Networks, which is comprised of the Latido Music digital TV channel, the YouTube multichannel network VidaPrimo, and GoDigital’s recently announced strategic investment in multicultural podcast distributor reVolver Podcasts. “Stephen has overseen a sharp increase in revenue, diversification of services, client base and profit for VidaPrimo, as well as the launch of LatidoMusic and shown incredible leadership in helping define and build our media network,” Peterson said in a press statement. Prior to this announcement, Brooks was the executive vice president and general manager of VidaPrimo, a position he had held since he joined the company in 2016. Under his leadership, VidaPrimo has grown more than 200% and developed marketing and promotion services to expand the multichannel network's client base and revenue sources.