October 7, 2008
Major Spanish Project: Column B
I have broken up the 10 personalities in 2 groups with 2 posters. One group on one poster is “Musica y Los Bailes.” In that group, I put 5 of the 10 personalities I have to choose for my project. The 5 personalities I chose for this group are Reggaeton, Bachata, Aventura, Celia Cruz, and Fulanito. I love music so that’s why I wanted to make a separate poster for it. The other group on the other poster is “Hispanics.” On this poster I have my other 5 personalities from the 10. I chose Dolores Huerta, Melquiades Martinez, Eva Mendes, Selena, and Sammy Sosa. Here are my 10 paragraphs for my 10 personalities.
Aventura is a New York based Dominican boy band who sings bachata. They formed in 1994 in the Bronx. The four boys in the group go by the names of Anthony A.K.A Romeo, Lenny, Max, and Henry Santos. When they formed there group they were determined to break Dominican bachata music out from its normal sound and combine with other sounds such as, hip-hop and R&B. Aventura didn’t want to have a producer so instead they learned everything they needed to know, from production to instruments. Aventura’s real break came in 1999 when they released their debut. They didn’t want to become like the boy bands of the Backstreet Boys or NSYNC so there material was there own. They released a CD called We Broke the Rules, and they really did break all bachata rules. There music was new and different but without sacrificing there styles roots. Aventura not only became popular in the U.S. but also in Europe. Aventura sang in Spanish, English, and Spanglish for there first time in there CD Love & Hate. Aventura’s best albums to date are God’s Project and K.O.B. Live. Aventura is still playing to this day and there getting even more famous day by day.
Fulanito is a group of Dominicans born in the United States. The group started in the early 1990’s. The name of there group, Fulanito, means “Joe who?” in Dominican slang. Fulanito’s music has been said to make people dance! There group began recording there first song “Guayando” and released there debut CD in 1997. There debut CD sold 50,000 copies. Fulanito’s first CD that experimented with other Latin rhythms like cumbia and samba was called El Padrino and was released in 1999. This group traveled to a lot of places. They went to Japan and Australia and performed all their greatest hits. Fulanito received a lot of honor in Latin America for being one of the first groups to combine merengue with bachata, reggaeton, rap, hip hop, and house. They have about 2 million albums sold throughout the world! Fulanito has been placed on charts in many different countries such as Colombia, Japan, Switzerland, U.S, and Chile. The group Fulanito hasn’t fallen apart yet and hopefully it won’t.
Celia Cruz was a Cuban salsa singer. Her husband was Pedro Knight. She was born on October 21, 1925 in the Santo Suarez neighborhood of Havana. Celia had a tough childhood; she earned her first pair of shoes by singing to tourists. She began singing when she was a young girl in talent contest. Celia recorded for radio stations and later made her first recordings in 1948. In 1950 she made her first major breakthrough by joining a famous Cuban band. Her band became known as Café con Leche, coffee with milk and that’s where Celia became known for her shout Azucar! She came to the U.S. in 1960 and signed different labels that helped her reach fame. In 1990, Celia Cruz won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album, Ritmo en el Corazon. Celia Cruz sang with many different famous people. Celia Cruz died in 2003 from a cancerous brain tumor in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Before she died she was recording a new album called Regalo del Alma, and they released in 2004. That last album won a posthumous award at the Premios lo Nuestro as best Salsa release of the year. Celia Cruz will always be missed and never...
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