Yahoo! Telemundo Celebrates the Innovative Spirit of Modern Latin Music Fusion as...

Yahoo! Telemundo Celebrates the Innovative Spirit of Modern Latin Music Fusion as the Presenting Sponsor of the Musica Fresca Tour with Co-Headliners Akwid, Voltio, and Yerba Buena



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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 14, 2006–

— Produced By Famed Music Figures GARY KURFIRST & CHRIS BLACKWELL, And With Acclaimed Producer ANDRES LEVIN Acting As Music Director, The MUSICA FRESCA TOUR Will Also Introduce New Latin Rock Band Radio Mundial

— “Andres Levin has emerged as the master chef of urban fusion”- Los Angeles Times

— “Heavy with the flavor of the L.A. neighborhoods where Latino culture is merging with hip-hop [Akwid gives] a bumping blend of traditional Mexican styling & urban edginess…shaping a new direction in rap”- Associated Press

— “the innovators of the urban regional movement.. [Akwid] boldly fuse hip-hop sounds & attitude with traditional rhythms… They embrace their Mexican culture but also the urban sounds around them – Billboard

— “[Voltio is] one of the most noteworthy reggaeton voices… in terms of influence as well as popularity… [a] thoughtful, serious-minded performer… [Voltio] is a first-class reggaeton album”- All Music Guide

— “a reggaetón artist with something to say” – Billboard

— “[Yerba Buena] is a musicologist’s dream…a joyful, ever-evolving, border-hopping groove”- New York Times

— “Smoking Hot… Resistance is futile. Dance you must, and dance you will” – Washington Post

— “the most danceable concert of the entire year”–Miami Herald *“[Don’t] dare miss this concert”– El Nuevo Herald

Starting in September as the country celebrates Latin culture with Hispanic Heritage Month, THE MUSICA FRESCA (Fresh Music) TOUR will showcase bands on the leading edge of modern Latin music fusion. Acclaimed New York producer Andres Levin (acting as music director), has teamed with the event production team of industry legends Gary Kurfirst (Talking Heads, Ramones, Jane’s Addiction) and Chris Blackwell (Bob Marley, U2, Founder Island Records & Films) and presenting sponsor Yahoo! Telemundo to stage a national tour celebrating performers that fuse the diverse traditional sounds of Latin Music’s heritage with the modern sound of today’s urban cities.

Already set to co-headline THE MUSICA FRESCA TOUR are urban-regional pioneers AKWID, electrifying Reggaeton lyricist VOLTIO and Levin’s own celebrated Latin-funk collective YERBA BUENA. These three critically-praised headliners showcase the unique sounds of fusion happening across the Latin music spectrum in Los Angeles, New York and Puerto Rico. Concert audiences will experience distinctive combinations where Hip-Hop meets the brass sound of traditional Mexican (AKWID), the MC skills of rap collide with tropical Latin tempo in Reggaeton (VOLTIO) and bilingual, propulsive dance rhythms are created from a Afro-Cuban-Gypsy fusion where “two tongues are better than one”(YERBA BUENA) In addition to the headliners, THE MUSICA FRESCA TOUR will introduce U.S. audiences to RADIO MUNDIAL – a fast-rising New York based Latin rock band that has already written for/performed with Carlos Santana and whose debut disc is produced by Levin. In addition, Yahoo! Telemundo will present the best of local Latin music fusion with a Battle of the Bands showcase at each venue. For more information please visit the tour site at http://www.musicafrescafestival.com.

With tickets already on-sale (check with local venue for exact details), THE MUSICA FRESCA TOUR will visit the following cities:

9/16: Miami, FL – La Covacha

9/18: Orlando, FL – House of Blues

9/21: Dallas, TX – Escapade 2009

922: Houston, TX – Planeta Bar-Rio

9/24 McAllen, TX – Graham Central Station

9/27 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

9/30 San Diego, CA – 4th & B

10/01 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

10/02 Oakland, CA – Oakland Box Theatre

10/04 New Haven, CT – Shubert Theatre

10/06 Revere, MA – Club Lido

10/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (on-sale date TBA)

10/10 Falls Church, VA – State Theatre

* all dates subject to change- check website to stay up-to-date

About Yahoo! Telemundo

Yahoo! Telemundo is a leading online media and services community for Hispanic consumers in the U.S. The venture between Yahoo! and Telemundo combines the strengths of Yahoo!’s technology and global reach with Telemundo’s original content and marketing capabilities to help businesses interact with this community.

Yahoo! Telemundo Celebrates the Innovative Spirit of Modern Latin Music Fusion as the Presenting Sponsor of the Musica Fresca Tour with Co-Headliners Akwid, Voltio, and Yerba Buena