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The sad end of Joao Gilberto, the voice of the bossa nova

Rio De Janeiro - As if to say goodbye, Joao Gilberto emerged from seclusion a few days before his death and had dinner at a restaurant on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Samba schools ready to roll for giant Rio Carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of dancers from Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools were set Sunday to roll out their traditional parades of feathers and sequins -- combined with a large dose of social and political commentary -- as the main business of the giant annual Ca...

Two killed as Venezuela aid showdown turns violent

Ure - A high-risk operation to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze.

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

C - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deli...

Thousands flock to Venezuela aid concert on barricaded border

C - Thousands of people, many waving Venezuelan flags, streamed into a concert site on the Venezuela-Colombia border Friday for an international charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries in defiance of a blockade by the government of Presiden...

Competing concerts to duel on Venezuelan border

C - Arenri Roque endured three days on a bus to take in a fund-raising concert Friday for Venezuela's opposition -- one thrust of a musical duel with the government, which is staging a show of its own.

Mariachis serenade Mexicans to boost tourism after deadly attack

Mexico - About 200 mariachis performed in Mexico City's iconic Garibaldi Plaza on Friday in a bid to bring wary tourists back to the capital after a deadly attack last month in the square by gunmen dressed as musicians.

Rumba, the dance of seduction running through Cubans' veins

Havana - Born among black slaves on sugar plantations, Cuba's rumba has since become a national icon almost as renown as its cigars or amateur boxers and two years ago was designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

With new album, Elza Soares celebrates status as an 'incredible woman'

Rio De Janeiro - Time seems to run at a different pace for Elza Soares. The Brazilian samba legend is 81 but on the eve of a Rio de Janeiro concert for her recent album "Deus e Mulher" ("God is a woman"), you wouldn't think so.

Trophy case full, musician Gustavo Santaolalla turns to solo project

Mexico - Gustavo Santaolalla is not quite a household name, but you have almost definitely heard his music.The Argentine composer and producer has won two Oscars, two Grammys, 16 Latin Grammys and a trophy case full of other awards in his glittering career.

Mexican rapper confesses to dissolving film students' bodies in acid

Guadalajara - A Mexican rapper and YouTube star with hundreds of thousands of followers confessed to dissolving the bodies of three missing film students in acid, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos dies

Madrid - Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos, who wielded the baton at a clutch of top ensembles including the Spanish National Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has died of cancer aged 78, his entourage said Friday in Madrid.

Bolivia's fabled carnival marches on despite deaths in floods

Oruro - Bolivia Oruro Carnival got under way Saturday with stunning costumes and parades, though the mood was dampened by the loss of 17 people killed in flooding and 8,200 families left homeless by heavy rains since November.

'Coco' guitars all the rage in Mexico

Paracho De Verduzco - Salvador Meza has been making guitars since he was a boy, but his leathery hands have never had to churn them out as fast as now -- thanks to the hit movie "Coco.

Breathe easy, world: Mexican psychic says no US-NKorea nuclear war

Mexico - Hovering over his tarot cards and holding a microphone to his wizard-like beard, Mexican psychic Antonio Vazquez on Thursday said there was no need to fear a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea.

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