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Burger King launches Latino music contest in 10 cities

Posted by Elena del Valle on May 4, 2007

Boca Abajo at BK RioFest

Boca Abajo won first place at Riofest in Harlingen, Texas

Photo: Kirsten Luce

Miami, Florida – Burger King Corporation (BKC) launched a 10-city Latino music talent showcase dubbed “Tu Ciudad, Tu Música SM” to provide aspiring musicians the opportunity to be named the best local band in their city. It began April 21 in Harlingen, Texas and will conclude June 23 in Miami, Florida.

The “Tu Ciudad, Tu MúsicaSM” program will showcase popular local bands. Organizers will pre-select ten bands in each market. These will go on to compete onstage for a chance to win $2,500 in cash and the opportunity to get their music on area radio stations.

Following the launch in McAllen, the showcase will include stops in Dallas, Phoenix, Fresno, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. A panel of three local judges will determine winners of individual competitions based on each band’s live performance, musical talent and crowd cheers.

“Burger King Corporation recognizes the importance of supporting rising talent in local communities,” said Alexandra Galindez, director for Multi-Cultural Marketing, Burker King Corporation. “This year, BKC embraces the diversity within Latin cultures by providing a platform for Latino music’s newest stars.”

“Tu Ciudad, Tu MúsicaSM” concerts are free. As part of the showcase, Telemundo Network Group is offering a national sweepstakes for music fans. The grand prize is a trip for two to attend the final concert in Miami.

According to promotional materials, for the last six years BKC has sponsored promotional musical platforms including “We Sing En Español…And English Too,” a program for middle and high school students.

Confirmed judges include in Dallas, Manuel Tellez of Rock Vivo, Inc., Theresa Jenkins, president, Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy), and Enedelia Diaz, music editor, Latino Connection magazine; Fresno, Velvet Galindo of Grupo Gallegos, Arturo Bencoa of Bienvenido a Casa-TV Azteca, and Brenda Pineda of Univision Radio; Los Angeles, Delia Orjuela, assistant vice president for Latin Music, BMI, and Sergio Bursten, music critic, La Vibra; Phoenix, Fuerk Sanchez of Univision Radio-KHOT, Gaby Robledo of Univision Radio-KQMR, and Alberto Duran, DJ, Sky Lounge.


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