USPS to release Latin Music Stars Stamps


USPS plans to release stamps honoring legendary Latin music stars, among them Mexican American singer Selena.

More on this story:

http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/usps-announces-latin-music-legends-series-stamps-featuring-selena-tito-puente/

SELENA’S WIKI PAGE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

Soulful Mexicans


Just heard on Twitter that the 1st song “Besame” (Kiss Me)  is doing really well on the charts & I had heard talk about it before, but just hadn’t gotten around to listening to it. I finally listened to it and it’s really good, very romantic song.  Once again Camila makes it on to the blog with this live performance of the song. These guys are so talented! They’re brilliant composers and awesome musicians. Song number two is a song I found and knew instantly I had to share. This girl’s got some killer vocals. She’s classy, she’s jazzy what a mellow and soulful vibe.  Hope u have a romantic evening & ENJOY!

Mexican Talent in the Performing Arts


Videos: Pianist Salvador Rodriguez  Aldrete from Nayarit.  Professional musician of 30 years. As a  professor of music he is currently heading the “Elemental Music” & “Oratory Principals”  workshops  at the Catholic University of Puerto Vallarta.

This ballet version of the Jarabe Tapatio was a performance that took place as part of the concert celebrating  Mr. Rodriguez’s  30 yr career featuring ballerina Ruth Marcela Perez Contreras.

http://www.pianistasalvatore.com/Enlaces.html

Galan of the day (Mexican Eye candy)


Sebastián Zurita

(born November 22, 1986 in Mexico CityDistrito Federal) is a Mexican actor. The eldest son of actors Humberto Zurita and Christian Bach, Sebastián Zurita Bach made his acting debut as a child, appearing in Cañaveral de Pasiones (1996) as young Pablo Montero. After several years, the then twenty-one year old actor made his television return in En Nombre del Amor (2008) as Emiliano Saenz. A year later, Zurita joined the cast of the 2009 remake of the telenovela Corazón Salvaje inspired by the original 1956 novel by Caridad Bravo Adams. He also starred in the 2009 filmÁngel Caído, along with his father and younger brother Emiliano Zurita.[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebasti%C3%A1n_Zurita

WORK:

En Nombre del Amor (In the Name of Love) – Novela

Angel Caido (Fallen Angel)- Film

Mujeres Asesinas-  Series

Cañaveral de Pasiones -Novela

Corazon Salvaje (Savage Heart) –  Novela

Thanks to agressive way in which YT takes down vids I had a hard time finding a good SZ vid.  Found this “En Nombre del Amor Promo” with… I they’re Romanian subs =P

WEBSITES:

http://sebastianzurita.blogspot.com/

http://zurita-bach.com/

Sebastian in period drama “Corazon Salvaje”

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Hispanic heritage month reads


Here’s a short list of books I thought worth recommending, because what better way to celebrate your culture than by learning and exploring. No?  Here’s wishing you much discovery and enjoyment =D

2010 being the Centenial of the Mexican Revolution, how can I possibly forget to mention ” Los De Abajo”  (by Mariano Azuela ,1915 ) = “The Ones At  The Bottom/The Underdogs”

A very prominent book in Mexican literature. You can find an English version of this book, but if you read Spanish, truly recommend that you read it in it’s originally context.

Mariano Azuela, Mexican author and physician, best known for his fictional stories of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He wrote novels, works for theatre and literary criticism. During his days in the Mexican Revolution, Azuela wrote about the war and its impact on Mexico. He served under president Francisco I. Madero as chief of political affairs in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco – his home town. After Madero’s death, he joined the military forces of Julián Medina, a follower of Pancho Villa, where he served as a field doctor. He later was forced for a time to emigrate to El Paso, Texas. There he wrote Los de abajo, a first-hand description of combat during the Mexican revolution, based on his experiences in the field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Azuela

“The revolution benefits the poor, the ignorant, all those who have been slaves all their lives, all the unhappy people who do not even suspect they are poor because the rich who stand above them, the rich who rule them, change their sweat and blood and tears into gold…” (excerpt from “The Underdogs).

Los De Abajo Synopsis- http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/835-the-underdogs-los-de-abajo-a-novel-of-the-mexican-revolution-by-mariano-azuela

Aztec, Inca, and Maya (Eyewitness Book Series) –  Learn about native indigenous cultures to Mexico & Latin America.  Discover facts about what their religion, traditions, civilizations, what their  daily way of life was like.  Filled with “eyewitness” pictures and illustrations.

The Course Of Mexican History Seventh Edition- ( by Michael C. Meyer, the late William L. Sherman, Susan M. Deeds) This book offers a completely up-to-date, lively, and engaging survey from the pre-Colombian times to the present. Such a text is considered to be an indispensable tool for students of : Mexican History, Politics, Economics, and Culture.

My Sweet Mexico: Reciepies for authentic pastries, sweet bread, beverages,  candy and frozen treats (by Fany Gerson)

Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life (by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T) This book is a 14 yrs + text. It is part of a group of works in which biographies are told through poetry. The book also contains reproductions of Mrs. Kahlo’s work.

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (by Kathleen Kull) – This children’s book  takes a  look at Cesar Chavez’s life and how he grew up to become a leader for justice.  Learn about Cesar’s: chilhood, his family, and how he pushed for the ever  important  migrant farmworkers’ cause.




Mexican Music: Music Video of the day


Haven’t posted an MV in a while. It’s definitely time for some music. =D

Song: El Aventurero(The Adventurer) By: Pedro Fernandez . The song talks about a flirtatious playboy who likes to capture hearts where ever he goes.  Wow there’s nothing as sexy as a gentleman in a charro outfit. Seriously testosterone overload totally drool worthy.  No? Ladies?

Here’s an few lyrics excerpted from the song:

“Be on your toes darlings for your adventurer is here my honeys!”

“I am “the adventurer” the world to me matters very little , when I like a lady… I like her no matter what.”

“I like ’em tall, I like ’em short. I like ’em skinny, I like ’em chubby, the single ladies the widows & like ’em divorced too.

“I am the adventurer and to all my “mothers in law” I propose: Do take care of your daughters if you bring ’em along or I won’t be held responsible!”

“I have a troubadour & bohemian’s soul,  I am honorable and a good friend, the most honest kidder.”

What’s up today Mexico?


Ok we’re only 2 days away from Sept 16, Independence day for Mexico & the grand celebration that will mark  the 200th anniversary of the  launch of the Independence movement.  Also, remember that the annual “El Grito” ceremony is held at midnight on the 15th.

As for Sept 13, today is the day on which heroes of the Mexican-American war are commemorated. Young soldiers dubbed “Niños Héroes” ( Child Heroes). Six young cadets and the story of how they sacrificed their lives at Chapultepec Castle are highlighted and extolled.  President Felipe Calderon headed the annual commemorative ceremony this morning in honor of those who died a  patriotic death.

Learn who the “Niños Heroes” were & about the battle at Chapultepec castle.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%C3%B1os_H%C3%A9roes

Niños Héroes” Webpage on Bicentennial website :

http://www.13septiembre.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=48

Mexican Galan of the Day: David Zepeda


The word “galan” refers to : a leading man, hero, A gallant & handsome man.

NAME: David Zepeda (Actor/Model)

Birthdate: September 19 1974

Birth Place :  Nogales, Sonora, México.

Education:Earned a degree in  Civil Law at Sonora University  (UNISON), Hermosillo- México. As  for acting, he received training at Centro de Formación Actoral de TV Azteca.

Fanclub/Official Webpage :http://www.zepedafansclub.com/ Twitter: @dzepedafansclub

Achievements & Credits:

Second Place in Manhunt International 2000 (an international male pageant.)

Novelas

Knows for his villainous roles : His characters are deliciously hypocritical, sensually slimy, you love to hate him yet can’t get enough of this sexy bad boy.

  • Production: Soy tu dueña – Role: “Alonso Peñalvert”
  • Production: Sortilegio – Role: ” Bruno Albeniz”
  • Production: Acorralada –  Role: “Maximiliano Irazabal”
  • Production : Amores cruzados -Role :  “Diego”
  • Production: Los Sánchez , Role :”Omar”

Movies & Theather

“DESNUDOS” (2004)

“4 EQUIS”

“Descalzos En El Parque”  (Barefoot in the Park)

Hosting

Riesgo Total  on TV Azteca

“Mente y Movimiento” on TV Azteca

Hobbies

His an Avid Tennis player since youth and still competes in tournaments

DAVID VIDS =D

“Soy Tu Dueña” = “You belong to me”, promo

On the set of “Soy Tu Dueña”

Commercial : David inviting  fans to be part of “Sortilegio on Stage” the novela  Tour

“Sortilegio On Stage”  excerpt,  poor David gets slapped!  =S

David wins best Antagonistic Actor  award from Premios TeleNovelas

Fan made video for David’s character the sly and evil “Bruno” from the novela “Sortilegio” = A spell


PHOTO CREDITS: my.opera.com

forum.acasatv.ro

elorbe.com

gacetadulceparaiso.blogspot.com

esmas.com

Celebrated Mexican Journalist Germán Dehesa Passes away


Mexico grieves the loss of writer, journalist, playwright,  German Dehesa (1944-2010) . He first disclosed his battle with cancer in his column  back in August of this year. He promised his readers to write for as long as his illness would allow. He passed Thursday, Sept 2. He is survived by his wife and four children.

ABOUT MR. DEHESA:

He studied both chemical engineering and Hispanic literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico better know as UNAM, he worked as a professor there as well for over 25 years. In 2008 he recieved the Don Quixote award for Journalism awarded to him by Juan Carlos I King of Spain. On August 11 of this year was recognized as a  “Distinguished Citizen” by the Mexico city government..

He was a writer with the “Reforma” group, his work was also published in about 50 other publications nationwide. He became famous due to his masterful ability to play & create with the Spanish language. His dynamic writing style was informative and entertaining, as he wrote by making use of curious and original idioms,expressions found in Mexican Spanish. The employment of  news spellings and double entendres, were  some of the neat tricks he used to create works of humor & genius. He mixed both the critical with the mundane and invited everyone to put their analytical caps on. His column”The Angel’s Gazzete” became famous as it was a work elaborated in colloquial and simple language. Here he shared anecdotes from his personal experiences, talked about current events, experiences common to everyone, along with the expression of his political and critical thought. The column was especially acclaimed for its mini column within the column, a section entitled “How’d You Sleep last night?” In which he called out authorities, expressing grievance, &  dissatisfaction towards ineffective politicians and other lacking posts. Beginning in 06′ the “How’d You Sleep Last Night?” column was mostly dedicated to Arturo Montiel.

He joined the ESPN team as a commentator earlier this year on the show  “Capitanes de ESPN”  along side Jose Ramon Fernandez, Rafael Puente, Hector Huerta. For his brilliant reflections and commentary on Mexican society Mr. Dehesa will continue to be admired and celebrated.

Books by Mr. Dehesa :

  • Adiós a las trampas  = Goodbye to traps
  • La familia (y otras demoliciones)= The Family (and other demolitions)
  • ¡Qué modos!: usos y costumbres Tenochcas
  • ¿Cómo nos arreglamos? Prontuario de la corrupción de México
  • Las nuevas aventuras de El Principito
  • No basta ser padre = It’s not enough to be a father

Plays:

  • Tapadeus III
  • El gabinete de Belem
  • Borges con música
  • El pórtico de las palomas
Other related Links
Must Read PDF: “German Dehesa, Mexico and the Craft of Writing”  Analysis and translation of some of his work. (In English)

http://www.pucpr.edu/hz/088.pdf

Blog post about his life & passing in English

http://dailygrail.com/blogs/red-pill-junkie/2010/9/RIP-German-Dehesa-1944-2010


Celebrating one of Mexican Comedy’s greats


Today celebrated comedian/actor Ramon Valdez’s(1923-1988) 87th bday is commemorated. When speaking of the greats in Mexican comedy you just can’t leave his name out. Ramon Valdez  was in deed a grand talent.  His projects were wide and varied, but Mr. Valdez is greatly remembered and admired for his iconic role of “Don Ramon” on the Mexican TV classic “El Chavo del 8” He was also known for working along side his brother Tin Tan( fellow actor/comedian) on the silver screen .

RAMON VALDEZ’S BIO

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Valdez

Ramon Valdez with his brother Tintan in the movie “El Rey del Barrio” (King of the Neighborhood)

Ramon Valdez with Teen heart throb, now world renowned: singer, producer and songwriter Luis Miguel.

Sketch with comedian/writer/producer  Chespirito(Roberto Gomez Bolaños) playing amateur burglars, petty thugs “Chompiras & Peterete” (pronounced : Chohm pee-rahs & Peh-teh-reh-teh)

Playing Don Quixote on the show by Roberto Gomez Bolaños, “El Chapulin Colorado”(The Scarlet Grasshopper)

From the “Chespirito” show, playing an old man who wants to be a movie star, featuring  a cute song and montage of characters he played on he show.