From career milestones and new music releases to major announcements and more, Billboard editors highlight the latest in Latin music news every week. Here’s what happened in the world of Latin music this week.
Maestro Cares Foundation Gala
After a two-year hiatus forced by a pandemic, Marc Anthony and Henry CÃ¡rdenas’ Maestro Cares Foundation gala has returned live and in full force. Colombian star Fonseca performed as the evening’s first guest, and Maestro Cares co-founder Anthony ended with a performance with his full band and special guest Will Ferrell, who performed the bell on ” I Need to Know “. The actor and producer was honored earlier in the evening with the Courage to Care Award for his philanthropic efforts.
“The last time I was here was at my quiceaÃ±era,” the actor joked in his acceptance speech.
The black tie event, which took place on December 7 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, also honored baseball legend and philanthropist David âBig Papiâ Ortiz with the All-Star Award; entrepreneur Michael Fux with the corporate social responsibility award; and Dr Ramon Tallaj and SOMOS Community Care with the Community Hero Award.
All proceeds from the gala tickets and auction will be used to fund multiple Maestro Cares projects benefiting children in need across Latin America and additional programs in Chicago and Puerto Rico.
Sebastian Yatra’s new album and tour
Sebastian Yatra revealed two exciting news this week: one being his upcoming studio album and the other his tour. Both dubbed “Dharma,” which means accepting reality, Yatra’s third studio, due out January 28, 2022, will feature 17 tracks and collaborations with artists such as Daddy Yankee, Lenny Tavarez and Aitana, to name but a few. name a few. . âEach of the words I wrote in the lyrics for this project resonates with meâ¦ with who I am and who I was; everything I have experienced and experienced in the past two years, âhe said in a statement. âIt’s not an album of songs but rather of proper names. It’s also not an album that belongs to a specific genre, because I forgot a long time ago what “genre” means. I just focused on how I felt with the rhythms and harmonies that convey the truth of the story I wanted to tell. It’s an honest play where I open my heart more than ever. Additionally, Yatra unveiled his Dharma World Tour which will take place in 2022, where he will visit fans around the world, including Mexico and Spain.
El Alfa is getting married
This week, Dominican artist El Alfa married his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children, Alba Rosa, whom he has dated for over 15 years. “Today, heaven is celebrating,” he wrote on Instagram. âI took the most important step of my life: to put my marriage and my family in the hands of God. In his caption, he also revealed that he plans to retire from the music scene in four years. âMy goal is to be the best husband, father and son. My family deserves it. Alba, you are the best wife in the world. I am El Alfa and Emanuel because of you. At the wedding reception, the newlywed couple and their guests danced to live music from salsa singer Victor Manuelle.
Rich Music Benefit Concert
Independent label Rich Music will be hosting their first-ever year-end concert to benefit local non-profit music organization Miami Music Project. Coined Remixing Tomorrow: The Always Dream Series, the virtual concert will be hosted by the artists of the label Sech, Dalex, Chris Marshall, paopao, Thyago, Symon Dice and Animal. One hundred percent of the proceeds, as well as the proceeds from the sale of exclusive RichMusic products, will go to the organization. The concert will air on December 16 via the Rich Music YouTube channel.