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2007 Stories by José Dávila

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  • Pop, Into Your Head

    published December 27, 2007

    Many kids grow up dreaming of pop stardom, and in Miami it's no different. But for some, the route to the business leads them straight into our... More >>

  • Honor the Hands of Fire

    published December 20, 2007

    When jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie needed a percussionist to spice up their grooves with some hot Latin... More >>

  • Chillin’ with Brazilians

    published November 1, 2007

    Since the early Sixties, when saxophonist Stan Getz introduced American audiences to the poptastic sounds of bossa nova, Brazilian jazz has been a... More >>

  • Green's Video Gold

    published October 25, 2007

    It's a sweltering afternoon in the impoverished Miami district of Overtown. In the nearly treeless neighborhood, cracked sidewalks typically... More >>

  • Spirit Warriors

    published October 4, 2007

    Cuban-born hip-hop trio Orishas are known for rhyming about the daily struggles faced by those living in their homeland, often dealing head-on... More >>

  • It’s a Jam Band Jamboree

    published September 20, 2007

    There’s a lot of love among musicians in the Magic City. Really quite a lot. How much, you ask? So much that for the past three years, key... More >>

  • Daddy Knows Best

    published September 13, 2007

    Although he's in the middle of an 11-city national arena tour, platinum-selling reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee has still felt the heat of the... More >>

  • Still Awesome

    published September 13, 2007

    Remember those good old days in 2005, when Awesome New Republic ruled our local indie scene with fresh songs like “Kill South Beach... More >>

  • Bigg Dreams

    published July 5, 2007

    Recording the song "Highs and Lows" at Scott Storch's lavish Palm Island waterfront mansion was a dream come true for the young members of Miami... More >>

  • Super Soundz

    published June 28, 2007

    Sitting inside a mostly empty Churchill's Pub before he is set to perform, Kent Hernandez considers a dilemma facing most artists in the... More >>

  • Calle 13

    published June 28, 2007

    Calle 13 crashed its way into the reggaeton party in 2005, coming seemingly out of nowhere with its hard-hitting eponymous debut. Booty-shaking... More >>

  • Bang the Drum Slowly

    published May 24, 2007

    Life has provided percussionist Lazaro Alfonso with plenty of highlights, from playing the congas at Havana's world-renowned club Tropicana, to... More >>

  • Bush Whacked By Ricky

    published May 17, 2007

    Back in 2001, Ricky Martin was invited to perform at the Presidential inaugural for President George W. Bush. On that cold and snowy eve, Martin... More >>

  • The Newest Kids on the Block

    published May 3, 2007

    Back in 2004, the four teenage members of DMG spent every waking moment writing and recording songs. The plan was simple: to come up with a... More >>

  • The Postmarks Always Sing Twice

    published April 5, 2007

    There's no shortage of bands composing ditties about love and loss in bustling alternative music sweet spots such as London and Brooklyn. Even so,... More >>

  • If You Can't Riddim, Join 'Em

    published March 22, 2007

    Most artists yearn to be recognized and admired by the public. But in the cutthroat world of Jamaican dancehall, fame can lead to serious trouble,... More >>

  • Seein Is Believing

    published March 8, 2007

    The city of Miami boasts plenty of local architectural gems. The three-month-old Umoja Shantytown is not one of them. Located in a dilapidated... More >>

  • A Good Rap

    published February 8, 2007

    When Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin and Yandel got together with R&B superstar R. Kelly to lay down the vocals for 2005's hard-hitting single... More >>

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    Immigrant Song

    published January 18, 2007

    We all know by now that when it comes to Miami, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo doesn't mince words. During a recent trip to South Florida, the... More >>

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