<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 18:58:30 -0500Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:58:30 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Agua de Violetas: A Familiar Fragrance With An Untold Story]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:02:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/202*120/022417+agustin+reyes+royal+violets.jpg

If you grew up in Miami and are of Hispanic descent, chances are high that you smelled like violets as a baby and sometimes beyond your childhood years.

The tradition started in Havana almost 90 years ago when a man named Agustin Reyes developed the first violet-scented cologne in Cuba.

The fragrance was not intended to become a baby cologne but the light, fresh scent became popular among Cuban mothers, who doused their infants in the mixture.

"It was difficult. Sure, at the beginning people didn’t understand it.  You know, it was ‘what is this? What do you use it for?  Perfume for babies," said Agustin Reyes III, who currently runs the business his grandfather established, from a plant in Hialeah.

A year after Castro's revolution took effect, the Reyes family fled the communist island with the formula covertly in hand.

Once settled in Miami, they reestablished the business with the fragrance that had brought them success on the island nation.

Word of mouth quickly spread among the Cuban exile community and Agustin Reyes, Inc. enjoyed newfound success, picking up on a tradition that went on to become iconic in the Cuban culture and beyond.

Decades later, the shelves at most Miami drug stores remain stocked with more than ten brands of the fragrance.

"Very few fragrances are that timeless. You can count them on one hand, you know, how many of those 1920s fragrances, by the most famous fragrance companies in the world are still around," said Reyes III. 

Cuban-American celebrities such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan purchase the bottles by the case, according to Reyes III.

The actress Eva Mendes has also repeatedly mentioned the product in her lists of favorite things and many “Miami girls”, even some in their teenage years, continue splashing on the scent before school or after soccer practice.

Agustin Reyes III prides himself on continuing to develop the scent in-house, as opposed to most fragrance houses, while using the original formula his grandfather created nearly nine decades ago.

Reyes says, he does this in order to maintain the authenticity of the product and the tradition.

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<![CDATA[Hialeah Ranked the Least Diverse US City]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hialeah+politics1.jpg

When you think of Hialeah, you think of a melting pot of people from Latin America. Because of that, Hialeah is one of the least culturally diverse cities in the United States, according to WalletHub.

The folks at WalletHub compared 501 of the largest cities in the country across three key indicators of cultural diversity. They examined each city based on ethnicity and race, language and birthplace.

Hialeah is ranked the fourth least culturally diverse city after Watertown, SD, Clarksburg, WV and Parkerburg, WV.

When it comes to ethnoracial diversity, the South Florida city had the highest concentration (95.64%) of Hispanic or Latino and the lowest concentration in White (Not Hispanic or Latino).

Hialeah had the lowest number of English speakers and ranked the highest for Spanish speakers.

If you were wondering about Miami, the city ranked as the 175th culturally diverse city. The most culturally diverse city is Jersey City, NJ.

<![CDATA[South Beach Wine and Food Festival: Aarón Sánchez]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:50:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028157269_1200x675_882675267894.jpg

Chef Aarón Sánchez will once again be serving up 'Tacos After Dark' at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Aaron joined Roxanne Vargas on the 6 in the Mix set to give her a taste of what he has planned and the perfect wine to go with it.

<![CDATA[Camila Cabello Collabs With Pitbull & J Balvin in Miami]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/022017camilacabello.jpg

Camila Cabello is heating up her solo career since leaving Fifth Harmony.

The Cuban American singer revealed on Instagram she's working on a collaboration with fellow Cuban-American Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull and Colombian singer J Balvin. Cabello scored a feature on Pitbull's new song "Hey Mama." The trio film the music video for the new song in the 3-0-5. 

On Saturday, the 19-year-old posted a photo of her sandwiched between the handsome duo.

Cabello also posted a Havana-esque picture, wearing a floral print midriff with a Cuban flag in hand. Her caption reads "pa mi gente latina stand up" which translates to "my Hispanic people stand up" in English.

One would think the singer was in Cuba filming the video, but the trio was in Miami Beach for the shoot.

J Balvin also posted several photos from the set. In one picture, Balvin poses in front of popular Italian restaurant Piccola Cucina on Espanola Way.

J Balvin wrote "CUBA" in another Instagram photo of him and Cabello candidly laughing.

Cabello kicked off her solo career since her split with her band mates. Just last week, she and DJ Cashmere Cat released their pop single Love Incredible.

By the looks of things, Cabello is hoping to step out in a big way on her own following her exit from Fifth Harmony.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Emily Estefan Makes Debut on Billboard Charts]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:08:52 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/EmilyEstefan.jpg

Emily Estefan's debut album, “Take Whatever You Want,” has landed on several Billboard Charts.

The 22-year-old daughter of music legends, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, debuted at No. 27 on R&B Current and No. 28 on Heatseekers charts, under her own label.

The eclectic body of work grabs inspirations from jazz, neo-soul and funk genres and tops it off with Estefan’s smooth vocals and musicianship.

"It’s the first expression where I didn’t confine myself to any barriers and you can take whatever you want from it and interpret it however you want," Estefan said of her self-written, produced and recorded album.

Estefan recently played her first-ever show to a sold out crowd at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music’s 33rd Annual Festival Miami.

Estefan’s live show is making its way across the United States and is expected to make an appearance at the SXSW festival next month.

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<![CDATA[Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Women Celebrate Galentine's Day]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:38:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-lin-manuel-miranda-efe.jpg

The day before Valentine's Day is a much more fun day called Galentine's Day and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is helping woman celebrate each other.

Miranda created a Galentine's Day mix and tweeted it out as a gift to all the ladies.

You might be wondering what is Galentine's Day. It's a fictional holiday traditionally celebrated the day before Valentine's Day. The holiday was coined by Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope in 2010.

Woman get together and celebrate their friendships and their future endeavors.

Miranda's playlist includes some girl power hits like Destiny's Child's So Good, Regina Spektor's Begin To Hope, Queen Latifah's U.N.I.T.Y. and Celia Cruz's La Vida Es Un Carnaval.

Here's a complete list of songs:

1. "So Good" - Destiny's Child

2. "U.N.I.T.Y." - Queen Latifah

3. "What You Know" - Ali Dineen

4. "Maps" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

5. "Cloudburst" - The Pointer Sisters

6. "Siete Horas" - Bebe

7. "On The Radio" - Regina Spektor

8. "Kiss The Girl" - Ashley Tisdale

9. "Ring of Keys" - Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone

10. "Weak (A Cappella)" - SWV

11. "Corner of Your Heart" - Ingrid Michaelson

12. "Know Who You Are" - Auli'i Cravalho, Vai Mahina, Olivia Foa'i, Matthew Ineleo

13. "Disparate Youth" - Santigold

14. "Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine

15. "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" - Celia Cruz

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<![CDATA[Latin Billboard 2017 Nominations]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:08:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000027971103_1200x675_874886211801.jpg

Telemundo personalities Jessica Carrillo and radio star Enrique Santos along with social media influencer Christian Acosta and actress and singer Danna Paola hosted a special event Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:09:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021017+latin+billboard+2017.jpg

The finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards are in!

Telemundo personalities Jessica Carrillo and radio star Enrique Santos along with social media influencer Christian Acosta and actress and singer Danna Paola hosted a special event Tuesday (Feb 7) at the SLS Brickell in Downtown Miami where the finalists for the 2017 Latin Billboard Music Awards were announced on a first-ever exclusive Telemundo Facebook Live stream.

Leading this year’s list of nominees are Latin urban artist Nicky Jam and Shakira both with a total of nine entries, while Enrique Iglesias, “Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga all come in second place with eight entries each.

Colombian urban artists Maluma and JBalvin and late Mexican singer Juan Gabriel are tied in thirst place with seven entries each.

Billboard Latin Music Awards are the only awards to honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music as determined by actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that informs Billboard’s weekly charts.

The longest-running and most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world will broadcast on Telemundo at 8pm/7c on Thursday April 27, 2017 live from The Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.



Artist of the Year:
•    J Balvin
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
•    Nicky Jam

Artist of the Year, New: 
•    CNCO
•    Crecer Germán
•    Ozuna
•    Ulíces Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Tour of the Year:
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda 

•    Maná
•    Marc Anthony
•    Marco Antonio Solís

Social Artist of the Year:
•    Enrique Iglesias    
•    Jennifer Lopez
•    Maluma
•    Shakira

Crossover Artist of the Year:
•    Calvin Harris 
•    Drake
•    Justin Bieber
•    Rihanna


Hot Latin Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele El Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele El Corazón”
•    Farruko feat. Ky-Mani Marley, “Chillax”
•    Shakira feat. Maluma, “Chantaje”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:
•    Daddy Yankee
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Nicky Jam

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:
•    Becky G
•    Jennifer Lopez
•    Shakira
•    Thalía

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
•    La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho 
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
•    Zion & Lennox

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    DEL
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin

Airplay Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
•    Prince Royce, “La Carretera”

Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Warner Latina

Digital Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”
•    Pitbull feat.
Sensato, Lil Jon & Osmani Garcia, “El Taxi” 

Streaming Song of the Year:
•    Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
•    Daddy Yankee, “Shaky Shaky”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer”


Top Latin Album of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Que Bendición
•    Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2
•    Juan Gabriel, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Latin Compilation Album of the Year:
•    Varios/Various, 20 Bandazos de Oro: Puros Éxitos
•    Varios/Various, De Puerto Rico Para El Mundo
•    Varios/Various, Las Bandas Románticas de América 2016
•    Varios/Various, Latin Hits 2016: Club Edition
Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:
•    J Balvin
•    Joan Sebastian
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Marco Antonio Solís

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:
•    Ana Gabriel
•    Jenni Rivera
•    Selena
•    Thalía

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin


Latin Pop Song of the Year:
•    Carlos Vives & Shakira, “La Bicicleta”

•    Chino & Nacho feat. Daddy Yankee, “Andas En Mi Cabeza”
•    Enrique Iglesias feat.
Wisin, “Duele el Corazón”
•    Reik & Nicky Jam, “Ya Me Enteré”

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Carlos Vives
•    Enrique Iglesias
•    Ricky Martin
•    Shakira

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Chino & Nacho
•    CNCO
•    Jesse & Joy
•    Sin Bandera

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Mr. 305
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Album of the Year:
•    CNCO, Primera Cita
•    Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo 2
•    Juan Gabriel, Vestido Por Etiqueta Por Eduardo Magallanes
•    Selena, Lo Mejor de…

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Ana Gabriel
•    Juan Gabriel
•    Marco Antonio Solís
•    Selena

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    CNCO
•    Il Divo
•    Jesse & Joy
•    Reik

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:
•    Columbia
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Fonovisa
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino


Tropical Song of the Year:
•    Deorro feat. Pitbull & Elvis Crespo, “Bailar"
•    Gente de Zona feat.
Marc Anthony, “Traidora”
•    Prince Royce, “La Carretera”
•    Victor Manuelle & Yandel, “Imaginar”

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Elvis Crespo
•    Marc Anthony
•    Prince Royce
•    Romeo Santos

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    24 Horas
•    Chiquito Team Band
•    Gente de Zona
•    Grupo Niche

Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year:
•    LP
•    ParkEast
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino
•    Warner Latina

Tropical Album of the Year:
•    Aventura, Todavía Me Amas: Lo Mejor de Aventura
•    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Alunizando
•    Gente de Zona, Visualízate
•    La Tribu de Abrante, Otro Formato de Música

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Diego “El Cigala”
•    Manny Manuel
•    Marc Anthony
•    Victor Manuelle

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Aventura
•    El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
•    Gente de Zona
•    La Tribu de Abrante

Sello Discográfico del Año, “Tropical Albums” Tropical Albums Label of the Year:
•    EGC
•    Planet Records
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Magnus
•    Planet Records
•    Premium Latin
•    Sony Music Latin


Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, “Me Vas A Extrañar”
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, “Solo Con Verte”
•    La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, “Me Va A Pesar”
•    Regulo Caro, “Cicatriiices”

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Adriel Favela
•    Gerardo Ortiz
•    Regulo Caro
•    Remmy Valenzuela

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50
•    La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

 Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Lizos

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, Que Bendición
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Lecciones Para El Corazón
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Mis Ídolos, Hoy Mis Amigos!!!
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho, Recuerden Mi Estilo

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Espinoza Paz
•    Jenni Rivera
•    Joan Sebastian
•    Vicente Fernández

Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
•    Calibre 50 
•    Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
•    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Lizos
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    DEL
•    Disa
•    Fonovisa
•    Lizos


Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:
•    Farruko Feat. Ky-Mani Marley, “Chillax”
•    J Balvin, “Bobo”
•    Maluma feat. Yandel, “El Perdedor”
•    Nicky Jam, “Hasta El Amanecer

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Nicky Jam
•    Yandel

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Alexis & Fido
•    Plan B
•    Play-N-Skillz
•    Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:
•    Mr. 305
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    La Industria
•    Sony Music Latin 
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:
•    Farruko, Visionary
•    J Balvin, Energía
•    Maluma, Pretty Boy Dirty Boy
•    Yandel, Dangerous

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo:
•    Farruko
•    J Balvin
•    Maluma
•    Pitbull

Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
•    Cartel de Santa
•    Plan B
•    Yomil Y El Dany
•    Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:
•    Rich
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latin Entertainment
•    Warner Latina

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:
•    Capitol Latin
•    Pina
•    Sony Music Latin
•    Universal Music Latino



Songwriter of the Year:
•    Edén Muñoz
•    Horacio Palencia Cisneros
•    Luciano Luna Díaz
•    Raymond Luis “Daddy Yankee” Ayala Rodríguez

Publisher of the Year:
•    DEL World Songs, ASCAP
•    Dulce Maria Music, LLC, SESAC
•    Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP
•    Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing, LLC, BMI

Publishing Corporation of the Year:
•    BMG
•    Sony/ATV Music
•    Universal Music
•    Warner/Chappell Music

Producer of the Year:
•    Alejandro “Sky” Suárez Ramírez
•    Jesus Jaime González Terrazas
•    Saga Whiteblack
•    Sergio Lizarraga

<![CDATA[Estefans Bringing 'On Your Feet' to South Florida Stage]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:57:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000027882594_1200x675_871474755602.jpg

Six in the Mix's Roxanne Vargas talks to the Estefans about bringing their broadway show 'On Your Feet' to the South Florida stage.

<![CDATA[Emily Estefan Steps Out in Her Own Sound]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:26:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/EmilyEstefan.jpg

The daughter of Latin music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan made her musical debut Thursday at the Festival Miami one day before the release of her first studio album. She may be a splitting image of her mother, but Emily Estefan’s music style is her own.

The 22-year-old rocked the house at the annual Frost School of Music event at the University of Miami.

Estefan performed original music from her debut album titled “Take Whatever You Want.” She played the drums, piano and electric guitar in a blend of soulful and pop sounds. She also covered classic songs that she says mean a lot to her, including some of her mother’s mega hits. Estafan calls her mother “La Conga Queen.”

Her parents say they are extremely proud and impressed by Emily’s talent.

“I am very proud of Emily because she is the best musician of the family,” said Gloria Estefan.

Her father, Emilio, says his daughter grew up with him in the studio and that she’s been able to study what he wasn’t able to do.

“She graduated from Berklee with a Master’s Degree. And, now she has the flavor of Miami. What I’m proud of the most is that she has done this all by herself,” said Emilio.

Emily Estefan’s album “Take Whatever You Want” is available on iTunes and Amazon Music.

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<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias Filming New Music Video in Cuba]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:56:19 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011117+enrinqueiglesiasincuba.jpg

Latin music star Enrique Iglesias is in Havana, Cuba filming his new music video for his single "Súbeme la Radio". The 41-year-old singer shared the news in an Instagram video posted Tuesday as he prepared to fly to the island nation.

Cuban signer Descemer Bueno and Puerto Rican Reggaeton duo Zion y Lennox, who are both featured on the new single, also traveled to Havana for the video shoot.

Iglesias posted a second video on Instagram from the first day of filming with Bueno. The two are seen sitting in a red school bus in the middle of a busy Havana neighborhood.

Footage from CiberCuba shows Iglesias walking down a street, stopping to take photos with locals. A crowd of people was also seen standing around a group of children and Carnival dancers. 

#subemelaradio @descemerbueno

A video posted by Enrique Iglesias (@enriqueiglesias) on

Zion Y Lennox also posted a photo to Instagram posing in a pink 1950's style convertible with a Cuban beach as the backdrop.

Cuban director Alejandro Pérez is filming the video. Pérez is the mastermind behind Iglesias’ 2014 mega-hit “Bailando”, which included footage from Cuba.

Iglesias is said to have waited more than an entire year for the chance to film the new video in the Cuban capital.

Cuban authorities had suggested the famous “Tropical Pink Room” as their film site - to avoid wandering eyes and the prying camera flashes. Instead, the production team says they plan on filming in Havana’s historic “10 de Octubre” neighborhood and along the streets of “La Havana Vieja”.

We can't wait to see Iglesias "raise the volume" with what appears to be an energetic music video. 

<![CDATA[Actor Mauricio Ochmann Returns in New Super Series]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/Main+Photo+Mauricio+Ochmann+como+Jose+Maria+Venegas-El+Chema.jpg

Mauricio Ochmann returns to the small screen next Tuesday December 6th in the brand new Telemundo super series “El Chema”.

Ochmann’s successful portrayal in the role of Jose Maria “El Chema” Venegas on the hit super series “El Señor de los Cielos” was expanded to its own spin-off series, a feat the actor is very excited about.

“To be able to play “El Chema” on its own super series is a real dream come true for me,” Ochmann said. “I feel like a kid with a new toy.”

At times imitating events in the life of real Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the new super series “El Chema” tells the story of how Jose Maria Venegas got his start in organized crime, and how he rose through the ranks to become the head of the cartel we last saw him running in season two and three of “El Señor de los Cielos”.

“Yes I’m kind of (playing) a badass!” Mauricio said. “Especially the scene where my character escapes from jail on a motorcycle, there’s a lot of action and a lot of passion, it’s just a great project!”

For Ochmann whose dashing good looks often lands him “the boy next door” type of roles, playing a dark and psychotic character like “El Chema” is a challenge he’s willing to take and a role of a lifetime for him as an actor.

“It’s fun to play these kind of characters. It’s fun to play this guy who has all this baggage” he said. “I think we have a solid storyline here and psychologically the characters are well developed. It’s amazing to be part of a project like this it’s like being in a huge action movie.”

With Telemundo’s primetime line-up ratings on the rise against rival Univision, “El Chema” comes packed with action, thrills and excitement a definite must see for all of today’s action seeking audience.

“What makes this story different from all the other series on TV is the fact that Telemundo is always willing to raise the bar higher than before with the quality of their productions,” Ochman said. “With “El Chema” you’re going to notice a difference with the camera and the shooting styles, there’s a lot of new things and you’re going to love it”

“El Chema” premieres next Tuesday December 6th starting at 10pm/eastern and 9pm central on NBCUniversal’s sister station Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Garcia/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:30:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025969908_1200x675_784790595935.jpg The White House held a reception Wednesday marking the closing days of Hispanic Heritage Month.]]> <![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:56:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heritageatwhitehouse.jpg

President Barack Obama marked the close of Hispanic Heritage month with a reception at the White House Wednesday.

The celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans is observed from September 15th until October 15th.

The president spoke about the gains the Hispanic community has made in education, income and health insurance during his time in office.

"Last year alone, Latinos experienced the fastest income growth and the biggest drop in poverty of any group here in the United States, and we've opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, which could not have been possible without the help of the extraordinary Cuban-American community,” said Mr. Obama.

And while President Obama admitted that there's more to be done, including immigration reform, he said that Americans can make progress by working together. 

<![CDATA[Emilio Estefan Honored with Ohtil Award]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:55:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gloria-Emilio-Estefan1.jpg

Music mogul Emilio Estefan was honored Tuesday with the Ohtli award by the government of Mexico.

It's the highest award given to a foreign civilian who's been an exemplary leader in the Latino community.

With the Presidential election weeks away, Estefan had a message for the Latino community.

"I'm not telling you who to vote for but the President of the United States needs to respect everyone including Latinos," said Estefan.

The Ohtli Award is granted once a year. The word Ohtil means "path" in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Series Preview: 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí']]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000025610761_1200x675_770371651593.jpg Kelly Blanco is joined on set by Carlos Yorvick who stars in the new Telemundo novela 'Hasta Qué Te Conocí' as the late Juan Gabriel.]]> <![CDATA[Latin Boy Band CNCO Celebrates Album Debut in Miami]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:32:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/170*120/CNCO+in+Miami+7.jpg

The International Mall in NW Miami-Dade was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of screaming teen-age girls were gathered at the entrance near Macy’s for the opportunity to see a special performance by Latin boy band, CNCO.

In celebration of their debut album “Primer Cita” (First Date) members; Christopher Velez, Erick Brian Colon, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho and Zabdiel de Jesus treated their Miami fans to a free concert and a meet-and-greet opportunity with each of the five band members.

Lucky fans who made a purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s Juniors Department received a free copy of CNCO’s first album and a speed pass to meet and take pictures with the guys.

At the meet-and-greet the Miami-Dade Mayor’s office on behalf of the Miami-Dade board of commissioners and all the Miami-Dade residents presented the group with a special recognition certificate congratulating the group on the release of their album.

The album “Primera Cita” (First Date) was produced by Urban artist Wisin with collaborations from Colombian singer Maluma and Spanish singer Abraham Mateo.

CNCO’s first single “Tan Facil” (So Easy) released in January 2016, landed the band on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart at No.25 and on the Hot Latin Songs chart at No.23, later peaking at No.1 on the Latin Airplay chart.

Earlier in the week, CNCO’s co-creator and mentor singer Ricky Martin who is in Miami shooting a video with singer Maluma dropped by CNCO’s listening party where he got a chance to check out the songs before the album’s official debut on Friday.

Gracias @ricky_martin por estar presente y por todo tu apoyo siempre! #PrimeraCita

A photo posted by CNCO (@cncomusic) on

CNCO was formed on December 2015 after its five members were chosen as finalists in a reality singing competition that formed “La Banda” (The Band) created by entertainment extraordinaire Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.

Since January the band has been busy recording their album and touring as opening act for Ricky Martin’s “One World Tour” through Latin America, the U.S and Puerto Rico.

<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Wrap-Up and List of Winners]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Premios+Tu+Mundo+2016+Daddy+Yankee+Chino+Nacho+performance.JPG

The fans have spoken!

The American Airlines Arena was buzzing with excitement as winners made their way on stage at the 2016 Premios Tu Mundo 5th Anniversary show.

Topping the list of winners chosen entirely by viewer choice was actor Rafael Amaya, actresses Fernanda Castillo and Gaby Espino as well as duo Chino & Nacho and Reaggaton artist and Daddy Yankee who got the party started with an energetic performance of his latest single, “Shaky Shaky”.

Hosting duties were shared among six of Spanish television’s most popular stars like Rafael Amaya, Fernanda Castillo, Martiza Rodriguez, Carlos Ponce, David Chocarro and Aracely Arambula.

Famed tv judge, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, one of the most prominent and influential figures in Hispanic TV was honored with the special “Estrella de Tu Mundo” (Star of Your World) award in celebration of her 15 years in television.

Premios Tu Mundo also paid homage to acclaimed Regional Mexican music group Intocable with the special “El Poder en Ti” (The Power in You) award given to artists who use the unlimited power of their fame for good, through their art and generosity.

Singing for peace was Spanish-language television stars Carlos Ponce, Carolina Gaitan, Jeimy Osorio, Laura Flores, and Raul Gonzalez who joined voices on stage for a moving performance of the iconic song "Solo le pido a Dios" (I Only Ask God).

Legendary singing star Jose Feliciano’s treated the audience to powerful performance of “Aleluya” reminding the world that darkness will never be stronger than light, nor pain bigger than hope.

The night also included performances from Reik, Regulo Caro, Sin Banderas, Intocable, Farruko, Daddy Yankee, Chino & Nacho, Luis Enrique and El Mola and Cali y el Dandee featuring Dj Juan Magan among others.

Rio Olympics silver medal gymnast Danell Leyva, Miss Universe runner up Ariadna Gutierrez as well as Reggaeton singer Karol G were among the long list of presenters.

Premios Tu Mundo 2016 Winners:

  • Favorite Super Series: El Señor de los Cielos IV
  • Favorite Novela or Series: Bajo El Mismo Cielo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Super Series: Rafael Amaya
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo
  • Favorite Male Protagonist in a Novela: Gabriel Porras
  • Favorite Female Protagonist in a Novela: Danna Paola
  • Favorite Protagonist with Bad Luck: Rafael Amaya
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Super Series: Rodrigo Guirao
  • Sexiest Male Villian in a Novela or Series: Luis Ernesto Franco
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Super Series: Maricela Gonzalez
  • Sexiest Female Villian in a Novela or Series: Erika de la Rosa
  • Favorite Actress in a Super Series: Sabrina Seara
  • Favorite Actor in a Super Series: Lincoln Palomeque
  • Favorite Actress in a Novela or Series: Carolina Gaitan
  • Favorite Actor in a Novela or Series: Alejandro Speitzer
  • Perfect Couple in a Super Series: Fernanda Castillo and Rafael Amaya
  • Perfect Couple in a Novela or Series: Danna Paola and Eugenio Siller
  • Revelation of the Year: Gala Montes
  • Favorite Daily Show: Caso Cerrado
  • Favorite Weekend Show: ¡Que Noche! With Angelica and Raul
  • Favorite Entertainment Host: Adamari Lopez
  • Favorite Specials or Realities Host: Gaby Espino
  • Favorite Regional Mexican Artist: Calibre 50
  • Favorite Pop Artist: Gloria Trevi
  • Favorite Tropical Artist: Chino & Nacho
  • Favorite Urban Artist: Daddy Yankee
  • Favorite Party-Starter Song: "Andas en mi Cabeza" by Chino & Nacho
  • "I'm Sexy and I Know It": Gaby Espino
  • Fan Club of the Year: #DYArmy

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[Premios Tu Mundo 2016: Blue Carpet Fashion ]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:39:33 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/DSC08817.jpg

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Up Close and Personal with Jose Diaz-Balart]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024789134_1200x675_734828611525.jpg NBC6’s Kelly Blanco had the chance to get up close and personal with Telemundo Network news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart who this year celebrated 32 years as a television journalist.]]> <![CDATA[Jose Diaz-Balart Lands Permanent Spot on NBC Nightly News]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:03:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_foto_jose_diaz_balart.jpg

Award-winning journalist Jose Diaz-Balart is stepping down as host of his MSNBC morning program “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart” and picking up a new role as Saturday anchor at NBC Nightly News all while continuing his duties as anchor at Telemundo Network.

“This is a significant moment for the broadcast and a true testament to Jose’s many talents,” said Janelle Rodriguez, SVP of Editorial at NBC News. “We are thrilled that he’ll officially join our top-notch lineup with Lester Holt on weeknights and Kate Snow on Sundays.”

This new role puts Diaz-Balart in the position of being the first journalist to deliver the news in both English and Spanish, on two main television networks.

“He will now hold the historic distinction of occupying preeminent anchor positions on two major broadcast networks in two languages,” Rodriguez said.

But this is not the first time Diaz-Balart makes it in the history books, in 1996 he became the first Cuban-American to host the CBS Morning News.

Excited about his new venture the ex-WTVJ alum took to his various social media platforms to share the news with his followers and to express his gratitude about joining NBC Nightly News:

The 55 year-old news anchor already part of the Nightly News rotating cast of anchors since November 2015 starts his official day as permanent Saturday host on August 6th at 6pm

You can also catch Jose Diaz-Balart on the Telemundo Network News Monday thru Friday at 6:30pm and on Sunday at 12 noon on the public affairs program Enfoque.

Telemundo and NBC Universal are both owned by Comcast Corp.

<![CDATA[MegaRumba Colombia 2016]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:46:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/MEGARUMBA_1+DSC07701.JPG

Photo Credit: Monica L. Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Alexander Ospina Making His Mark in the Comedy World]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:15:10 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Alexander+Ospina.jpg

In three short years funny man Alexander Ospina has gone from obscurity to being a social media sensation.

The 32 year-old Miami resident who posts corky parodies under the handle @TeAmoHijoTV has achieved an impressive following on all his social media platforms including many celebs like singers Nicky Jam, JBalvin and Maluma.

“It’s an incredible feeling and a dream come true when I see celebrities liking and even sharing my posts,” Ospina said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something right and that support gives me motivation to continue with what I’m doing.”

The project originally set up as a tribute to his first son began as an outlet to make his friends and family laugh is now turning Ospina into a household name and a promising stand-up comedian who above all remains humble in the midst of his newfound fame.

“I feel extremely grateful to all the people who have supported my project, “ he said. “There is nothing better than the feeling of someone telling you that one of my videos made their day or when they ask to take a picture with me.”

Ospina’s witty humor and personality are at the center of his various reoccurring characters and he says he often draws from his own life to create his funny sketches.

“My videos are based on everyday life, relationship problems and thing that happen in the streets,” Ospina said. “I do this because it is also a good way to see the things we do wrong in life and with humor we can perhaps give our own lives a twist in the right direction.”

To check out Alexander Ospina’s funny sketches go to @TeAmoHijoTV on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChap and Facebook or at www.TeAmoHijoTV.com.

Alexander Ospina will also be emceeing and performing his comedy today Saturday July 16th at MegaRumba Colombia at Tamiami Park.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Patty Manterola Visits Disney]]> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:45:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/PattyManterola+2.JPG

This week Mexican singer and actress Patricia Manterola spent some quality time with her family at Walt Disney World Orlando.

The singer, who is also a vocal coach on Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids” celebrated her twins third birthday at the resort accompanied by her husband, sister and her mother.

Manterola along with Reggaton artist Daddy Yankee and Regional Mexican artist Pedro Fernandez are set for tonight’s “La Voz Kids” Season four finale which airs on Telemundo starting 8pm.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[MegaRumba Colombia Bash Returns to Tamiami Park ]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:03:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/mega+rumba+photo.jpg

Colombianos seldom need a reason to party and “el Dia de la Independencia” or Independence Day is no exception!

The party atmosphere for the event commonly known as “El Veinte de Julio” will be in full swing next Saturday July 16th when hundreds of Colombian and non-Colombian citizens are expected to flock to Tamiami Park for the biggest Colombian Independence Day celebration in South Florida.

The now traditional MegaRumba Colombia will include an all-day Colombian heritage celebration fit for all ages featuring a wide range of traditional food and drinks, arts and crafts as well as folkloric performers from the South American country.

Comedian and social media sensation Alejandro Ospina will be at hand to emcee the primetime events on the main stage with a lineup that includes special guests like world renowned salsa music group “El Grupo Niche”, Reggaeton artist “Reykon”, “ChocQuibTown”,” Locos Por Juana” and vallenato idol Jorge Celedon just to name a few.

Mega Rumba Colombia starts at 12noon and it runs through 11pm on Saturday July 16th at Tamiami Park, located at 11201 SW 24th Street in Miami with free parking included.

For more information on the event and to find out where to buy tickets visit www.MegaRumbaColombia.com.

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Pitbull To Be Honored With Star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 13:41:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Pitbull-EFE.jpg

Cuban-American Rapper and business man Armando Christian Perez better known globally as Pitbull is about to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In recognition of Mr. 305 remarkable entrepreneurial work and talent the Hollywood California Chamber of Commerce announced it will unveil Pitbull’s Walk of Fame star under the category of “Recording” in a special ceremony set for next Friday, July 15th in Hollywood, California.

Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez says the Hollywood Chamber is delighted to welcome Pitbull to the world’s most famous landmark.

“The world is fascinated by Pitbull’s story and his remarkable talent. The Hollywood community welcomes him with open arms and applauds him for his work by placing him on one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor Mr. Tony Robbins and the man better known as “Uncle Luke” from the rap group “2 Live Crew”, Luther Campbell will be at hand to help emcee the special ceremony.

Mr. Worldwide rose to fame in 2004 with his album M.I.A.M.I and during the span of his successful career has landed No. 1 hits in over 15 countries worldwide.

The Miami born artist’s relentless work ethic has transformed him into a Grammy-winning international superstar, visionary entrepreneur, fashionista and successful actor.

You can catch the ceremony live via www.walkoffame.com on Friday July 15th starting at 2:30pm eastern time.

Photo Credit: EFE]]>
<![CDATA[Soccer Star James Rodriguez Sizzles in New Look While Vacationing in Miami]]> Sat, 02 Jul 2016 14:13:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*161/JAMES+6.png

Colombian soccer star James Rodriguez landed in Miami for much needed break following his team’s third-place win in the 100th edition of the Copa America tournament held all across the United States last month.

The 24-year-old who also plays along side Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrid soccer club enjoyed some fun in the sun in Miami Beach along with wife Daniela Ospina and three-year old daughter Salome.

Sporting a brand new do, the athlete was spotted playing volleyball in the sand and taking a dip in the ocean with his wife and daughter.

When they were not playing in the beach the couple also enjoyed retail therapy and even took time to experience the Miami nightlife with friends.

Great dinner. Gran cena con amigos.

A photo posted by James Rodríguez (@jamesrodriguez10) on

Little Salome was also treated to a trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom where the tot posed with several of her favorite Disney characters.

Las princesas ! ��

A photo posted by Dani ��Salomé (@daniela_ospina5) on

Photo Credit: Adriana Correa]]>
<![CDATA[Deorro Taps Into His Latin Roots With EDM/Merengue Fusion]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:49:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000024122976_1200x675_708618307585.jpg EDM rising star DJ Deorro is navigating into uncharted waters with his first collaboration with Grammy winning singer Elvis Crespo.]]> <![CDATA[Deorro Taps Into His Latin Roots With EDM/Merengue Fusion]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/162*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Artist+Photo+%2854%29.jpg

EDM rising star DJ Deorro is navigating into uncharted waters with his first collaboration with Grammy winning singer Elvis Crespo.

Their upbeat and catchy new track titled “Bailar” is a Merengue and EDM fusion that aims at getting everyone out on the dance floor this summer.

Deorro who has worked with such EDM super stars such as Diplo and Steve Aoki says his father who was a quinceañera DJ is who inspired him to collaborate with the Merengue star.

“My dad, he’s the one who created so many memories at so many parties and those memories contain Elvis Crespo,” said Deorro. “When I think of Merengue I can’t think of anyone else.”

Deorro’s love for Latin music drove him to study Merengue, he says the way this project came together with Elvis Crespo’s team was a dream come true.

“They reached out with so much love and support and eager to be part of the collaboration, it was an honor,” said Deorro.

This collaboration is the first of its kind for Elvis Crespo who rose to fame in the 90’s while being part of the famed Merengue group, “Grupo Mania” and later as a solo artist where hits like “Suavemente” and “Pinta Me” made him a household name.

Crespo says this new collaboration with a Deorro has given his music a new breath of fresh air.

“I feel blessed because this track gave me the opportunity to reach a new audience, a young audience, “ said Crespo. “

Deorro’s is currently promoting his new album which will include other collaborations such as Chris Brown and drummer Travis Baker from Blink 182.

<![CDATA[Soccer Star Radamel Falcao Enjoys Vacation at Walt Disney World]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 17:26:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060116+radamel+falcao+disney.jpg

This week Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao Garcia took a few days off his busy schedule to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Falcao along with his wife, Argentine singer Lorelei Taron and their two daughters, Dominique and Desiree visited Animal Kingdom Park, where just this week Disney launched their night-time show extravaganza titled, “The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic” where live singers, dancers and musicians come together to celebrate the epic Jungle Book story.

While at Animal Kingdom resort, Falcao and his family had a great time posing with Baloo, one of the charismatic Jungle Book characters.

The entire family including Taron’s parents also shared a delicious breakfast accompanied by several Disney’s characters including Goofy, Mickey and Minnie.

The soccer player and his wife took time to visit several of the park’s attractions including a very exciting ride on the thrilling Expedition Everest roller coaster.

This was not the first time Falcao and his wife visited the World Disney Resort in Orlando, just last year the happy couple enjoyed a visit at Magic Kingdom resort.

Photo Credit: Gregg Newton/Walt Disney World]]>
<![CDATA[Colombia Wins 3-1 Against Haiti in Pre-Copa America Match]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:53:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0531+COLvsHAITI_18.jpg

As expected, the Colombian national team without their star James Rodriguez managed to beat the Haitian national team 3-1 in a pre-Copa America friendly match at Marlins Park.

Scoring shots from Dayro Moreno, Roger Martinez and Juan Cuadrado lead the South American team to victory in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans dominated in part by bright yellow colored shirts.

Although Colombia was the favorite to win, coach Jose Pekerman expressed his discontent when Wilde Guerrier evened the score in the first half for the Haitian team.

“The Goal made by Haiti really bothered me because we have gone over that play many times, and we didn’t execute correctly,” said Coach Pekerman. “We have to continue working hard.”

Both teams utilized this match to prepare for the upcoming 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America tournament being played in the United States next month where Colombia is scheduled to play the USMNT in the opening game next Friday June 3rd.

<![CDATA[Colombia Vs. Haiti in Miami]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 20:29:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/COLvsHaiti_1.jpg Colombia tops Haiti 3-1 in a friendly soccer match at Marlins Park.]]> <![CDATA[Colombia’s National Soccer Team Readies for Match Against Haiti Next Sunday at Marlin’s Park]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:15:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*126/COLvsHati+LOGO.jpg

The Colombian national soccer team is busy training in South Florida in preparation for their next match against the Haitian national soccer team at Marlin’s Stadium on Sunday May 29th.

Players from the South American team began arriving at MIA last weekend and have been actively training and conditioning at FIU soccer field in Kendall.

The game against the island nation serves as a warm-up match as both teams prepare to play next month at the historic Copa America Centenario tournament taking place at various stadiums all across the United States and where Colombia will face the U.S Men’s National Team in the home opener.

At Tuesday’s training Santiago Arias who plays defense for Colombian and for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven acknowledged the Unites States is a tough team to beat.

“The Unites States is playing at home and we know is going to be a difficult game, they are going to give it their all to win the opening match, but we also have the capability and conditioning necessary to win that game.” Arias said.

Although it was previously mentioned that the 2014 World Cup’s leading scorer, James Rodriguez would play against Haiti here in Miami, the reality is that the Real Madrid mid-fielder won’t be at Sunday’s game due to the final Champions League match on Saturday where Real Madrid is going head-to-head against its rival, Atletico Nacional.

Sunday’s game will however feature top players from both teams like Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Carlos Bacca (Milan) and David Ospina (Arsenal) from the Colombian federation, while Jerome Mechack (Armada FC), Johny Placide (Stade de Reims), Jeff Louis (Sm Caen), Donald Guerrier (Wisla Krakow), and Kervens Fils (1461 Trabzon) lead the Haitian team.

CMN Sports, a division of Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc., is the organizer of this match and its founder Henry Cardenas is said to be excited to be able to bring this international match to South Florida.

"We know Miami has a large community of both Colombian and Haitian soccer fans and are pleased to bring this exciting match to them," said founder and CEO of CMN, Henry Cárdenas.

The Colombia vs Haiti match takes place next Sunday May 29th at 5pm at Marlin’s Park, fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #COLvsHaiti to show their support on all social media platforms.

<![CDATA[Latin Music Stars Host Ecuador Benefit Concert]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 04:34:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/051116+ecuador+aqui+estoy+interview.JPG

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, Latino music stars and celebs are stepping up and saying "Ecuador Aqui Estoy"(Ecuador, Here I am) with an earthquake benefit concert this evening at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Some of the artists lending their voices for this noble cause are, Riccardo Perotti, Franco de Vita, Chayanne, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez, Tommy Torres, Alexis Valdes, Jorge Villamizar, Donato Poveda, CNCO, Mariana Vega, Mirella Cesa with more expected to join this stellar line-up.

Miami resident and Ecuadorian singer Riccardo Perotti in conjunction with the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce were in charge of organizing the event with all proceeds being managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"It’s going to take at least a couple of years until this crisis is over and people can reconstruct their lives," said Perotti. "This is what this campaign is about, it’s a promise that we are going to be here for you."

The "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" campaign also includes an online and mobile donations platform where interested supporters anywhere in the world can make donations if unable to attend any of the "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" concerts.

Fans are urged to show support by join the conversation on Twitter at @ECUAquiEstoy and by using the hashtag #EcuadorAquiEstoy on all social media platforms.

The benefit concert takes place Wednesday, May 11th at 8 p.m. sharp at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

You can purchase tickets at the BankUnited Center box office or Ticketmaster and for more information and donations visit EcuadorAquiEstoy.

<![CDATA[Pitbull, Prince Royce Tour Coming to South Florida]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 04:38:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prince+royce+pitbull.jpg

Pitbull and Prince Royce are headed out on the road together and their tour includes a stop in South Florida.

The Bad Man Tour kicks off June 30th in Milwaukee and includes 27 shows. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. The concert features Pitbull and Prince Royce as headliners with a not-yet-announced surprise special guests.

Be sure to clear your calendars on Sunday, July 31st when the duo makes a stop at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale.

For a complete list of shows and to sign up for a fan pre-sale code, visit the Bad Man Tour website.

Photo Credit: GETTY]]>
<![CDATA[The Best of the Billboard Latin Music 2016 Awards]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 16:04:59 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/BB+PAULINA+RUBIO+NUP_173530_2580+%281%29.JPG

Photo Credit: John Parra/Telemundo]]>
<![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Fashion]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*130/billboardgallery17.png Photos from the 2016 Billboard Latin Awards]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Rehearsals ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:24:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/billboardlatinmusicawardrehearsals8.jpg The awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo, on Thursday from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show "La Alfombra de Premios Billboard."]]> <![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Conference Preview]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:35:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/042816+latin+music+conference.jpg

The 27th edition of the Billboard Latin music conference kicks off this week at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

The longest running and most prestigious conference dedicated to Latin music returns with four-days of jam-packed musical showcases, Q&A session, panels and one-on-one workshops featuring top industry artists and influencers culminating with the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming is scheduled to lead the conversation in several of the Q&A sessions including the “Iconic Songwriter Q&A with Reggaeton singer Nicky Jam” and the “Legends Session with Mexican superstar, Marco Antonio Solis.”

Billboard’s Latin issue cover boy Marc Anthony who just launched his media production company Magnus Media with headquarters in Miami, headlines the panel “Music That Stands the Test of Time” where he will discuss the secret behind his musical approach to creating hit songs.

One of the most anticipated panels this year is the “Clash of the Titans” featuring the reunion of reggaeton superstars Daddy Yankee and Dom Omar who will share secrets about their well-known musical rivalry and to talk about their upcoming tour The Kingdom.

The conference wraps up with the Billboard Latin Music Awards where this year performances will be ruled by an array of duets including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Juanes and Juan Gabriel.

The awards hosted by Telemundo’s Gaby Espino and Mexican singer, Pedro Fernandez will feature celebrity presenters such as Rafael Amaya, Adriana Lima, Angelica Vale and Don Francisco among others.

Honoring finalist based on actual sales, radio airplay, song streaming and social data updated weekly on the Billboard charts, the awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo next Thursday, April 28 from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show “La Alfombra de Premios Billboard.”

<![CDATA[Tune Talk: Fonseca]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000023172847_1200x675_669165635867.jpg Four time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca talks to Kelly Blanco about his new single and album.]]> <![CDATA[Tune Talk: Fonseca]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:57:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000023172868_1200x675_669166147962.jpg Four time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca performs his new single 'Vine a Buscarte' on 6 in the Mix.]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Conference Reunites Two of Reggaeton’s Biggest Rivals]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/Daddy_Yankee_Don_Omar.jpg

Two of the most iconic names in the Latin Urban genre, Raymon Ayala and Omar Landron better known as Daddy Yankee and Don Omar, are putting aside their musical rivalry of years past and coming face-to-face at the 2016 Latin Billboard conference and awards.

The Puerto Rican artists who early in their careers collaborated musically and later became reggaeton’s biggest rivals will sit down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference's "Clash of the Titans" panel session April 27 at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach.

The panel moderated by Leila Cobo, Billboard’s executive director of Latin Content and programming, will give the audience and inside look at The Kingdom, Don Omar and Daddy Yankee’s upcoming tour twhere the reggaeton superstars go toe-to-toe in a musical boxing style battle.

Over the years, the reggaeton artists have placed 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, 28 top 10 hits on Hot Latin Songs and over 40 million combined views on their Vevo channels.

The Daddy Yankee and Don Omar will also be performing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards which air live from Miami on NBC Universal's sister station Telemundo April 28 at 8 p.m.

<![CDATA[El Tucan Act Two]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:12:20 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/2acttucan_0001.JPG The seductive dinner and show experience, El Tucan just launched a brand new show Act Two. NYC Cuban band Chino Pons Y Group Irek bring the house down as the party continues at this Brickell hot spot. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Miami FC Re-Ignites Soccer Fever in the Magic City]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/MIAMI+FC+1.jpg

Miami witnessed the rebirth of soccer in its city Saturday night when the newly formed Miami FC played its inaugural match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Ocean Bank stadium at FIU.

In their home opener, Miami's newest pro-soccer club had to settle for a 1-1 tie where Argentine striker, Dario Cvitanich made history by scoring the first official season goal for Miami FC with a corner kick in the 17th minute that brought the crowd to its feet.

"The crowd was fantastic," said midfielder Wilson Palacios. "Their energy gave us a great boost on the field, especially late in the game."

In attendance was also Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who last year told the Miami Herald he was excited to welcome professional soccer to Miami-Dade County.

The mayor took time to pose with media and fans and even tweeted a photo posing with both team captains, referees and special guest Maluma.

The Miami FC is back in action Saturday, April 16, with a road clash against the Jacksonville Armada.

Photo Credit: Monica Correa ]]>
<![CDATA[Maluma Set to Perform at Miami FC's Home Opener]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:29:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/El+episodio+fue+compartido+por+el+colombiano+en+su+cuenta+en+Instagram+Maluma.jpg

Colombian urban super star Maluma is in Miami to help kick-off the inaugural match of the newly formed professional soccer club, Miami FC.

The 22-year-old Grammy nominee is set to perform prior to the first whistle and then again during halftime at the Ocean Bank stadium at FIU where Miami FC will play for the first time against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Maluma who once thought about becoming a professional soccer player himself in his home country expressed his excitement and says he’s looking forward to performing for music and soccer fans at FIU.

"I cannot wait to join the team and fans of Miami FC for its home opener. Ever since I was a kid I've loved soccer, so I'm honored and excited to be able to perform at the game. It's going to be a special night and I'm looking forward to being on stage, singing in front of so many fans and seeing Miami FC win its home opener."

Together the Miami FC and the No. 1 Latin Billboard chart topper who boasts 10.7 million followers on Instagram hope to deliver a memorable and explosive performance for fans in Miami.

"It's fantastic to have the support of such an influential artist like Maluma for our home opener," said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC General Manager. "Tickets are selling fast and with Maluma joining us, we're expecting a great turnout for our historical home opener."

The announcement of the self-proclaimed Pretty Boy Dirty Boy's performance in Miami comes just days after the club's youth soccer program initiative set to provide complimentary tickets to all local registered youth soccer players for every home game at FIU.

The Miami FC soccer club invites fans of all ages to come celebrate this historic event at the Ocean Bank stadium at FIU this Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. with a special Maluma performance prior to the game. Tickets for the game start at $10 for adults and $1 for youth tickets.

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<![CDATA[Miami Pro-Soccer Team Debuts at FIU]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:39:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miami+soccer+team.jpg

While David Beckham’s Miami stadium struggles continue, a group of Italian investors jump ahead of Beckham dream project to launch their very own professional soccer club right here in Miami.

International media magnate Riccardo Silva and former Italian soccer star, Paolo Maldini have joined forces and are set to launch Miami FC next April 9 at FIU Stadium.

“As Miami moves forward in the world of business and arts, we feel that it’s a good time to also take a step further in the world of sports and soccer.” Silva said. “Soccer is the fastest growing professional sport in the USA, and Miami is a dynamic and multi-cultural city that is passionate for sports and has been longing for a marquee soccer franchise.”

As the Magic City’s sole soccer club, Miami FC’s joins the North American Soccer League (NASL) as their 12th professional soccer club and play their inaugural home opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

“Our home opener is something we have all been looking forward to since the start of Miami FC,” said Alessandro Nesta, Miami FC, Head Coach. “The Rowdies have done a great job in signing new players and we see them as one of the strongest teams in the league.”

Nesta who has been a South Florida resident for 10 years has built a team that includes a roster of world-renowned soccer players including Wilson Palacios, Dario Cvitanich and Matuzalem Francelino Da Silva including a couple of South Florida natives.

“I’m proud and excited to be part of this venture. I strongly believe in the growth of soccer in the USA, and this is the perfect project to develop a top-class soccer team in one of the most important cities in the world,” said Maldini.

The Club’s mission to connect with Miami’s communities through the sport of soccer has also allowed them to promote social-driven initiatives with the Play for Change Foundation to help provide opportunities for children from disadvantage homes.

“Play for Change shares our vision of empowering our community’s youth through soccer,” said Cesar Velasco, Miami FC general manager. “Working together to achieve this goal was a natural decision. Miami FC is a team that first and foremost belongs to the community.”

The first Miami FC game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will include a special performance by international reggaeton artist from Colombia, Maluma.

It all starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at FIU Stadium with ticket prices set at $10 for adults and $1 for children.

<![CDATA[Colombia vs. Haiti Match Comes to Marlins Park]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:09:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451171064.jpg

Soccer fans get ready! The excitement of international soccer returns to South Florida May 29 when the Haitian and Colombian national soccer clubs square off in South Florida at Marlins Park.

As the Colombian national team continues its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and just months before the Copa America Centenario kicks off in the United States, organizers at Cardenas Marketing Network's sports division are excited to bring this exciting soccer clash to South Florida soccer fans.

"We know that in Miami the soccer communities of both Haiti and Colombia are enormous and we are delighted to be able to bring them this exciting match," said Henry Cardenas, president and CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN).

The friendly clash will mark the fifth meeting between Colombia and Haiti; in their last game in February 2009, the Colombian National team walked away with a 2-0 victory against the Haitian team.

For this match fans can expect the best players from each soccer club, including Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and David Ospina. While the Hatian team will have their best like Mechack Jerome, Johny Placide, Jeff Louis, Donald Guerrier and Kervens Fils Belfort.

Fans are encouraged to follow the excitement on social media by using the hashtag #COLvsHaiti.

Tickets for this match go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m. via tickets.com and marlins.com/soccer.

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<![CDATA[Nicky Jam Confirmed for Songwriter Session in Miami Beach]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/471724564.jpg

Puerto Rican-born Nick Rivera, better known as Nicky Jam, made his way to the top of the Billboard charts last Summer with his hit "El Perdon" (Forgiveness), and just this month his second hit "Hasta El Amanecer" (Until Dawn) entered the Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 1.

The multi-platinum Latin Urban artist who turned his life around after battling a drug addiction early in his career is now an accomplished songwriter, composer, singer and producer and will be the main guest a this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference's Songwriter session.

The event will be presented by Jorge Mejia from Sony/ATV and moderated by Leila Cobo, Billboard's executive director of Latin content and programming, and will feature an intimate glimpse at Jam's long road to stardom and will give attendees a first hand look at Jam's career highs and lows.

Nicky Jam is a finalist in 11 Latin Billboard Music Award categories including Artist and Composer of the Year. 

Jam's smash hit "El Perdon" written by Jam and recorded featuring Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias is up for a Latin Billboard award in five categories including, Hot Latin Song Vocal Collaboration and Song of the Year. 

Over 1,000 attendees and key industry leaders and music stars are expected at this year’s conference that takes place at April 25-28 at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach.

The Billboard Latin Music conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards which air live on NBCUniversal's sister station Telemundo.