Acapulco ’93 music festival draws U.S., Latin stars
STING, Jon Secada, Luis Miguel and Gloria Estefan are among the international recording artists showcased at the Acapulco ’93 music festival, which began Saturday.
Performances are being broadcast live to an estimated 500 million viewers on Mexico’s Televisa TV network, which serves Mexico and parts of Central and South America. In the United States the concerts will be shown on the Univision network in nightly two-hour segments June 7-11.
Acapulco ’93, which runs through May 30, is Mexico’s biggest music festival and one of Latin America’s major talent gatherings, along with the Vine Del Mar Festival in Chile and the Billboard/Univision Latin Music Awards in Miami.
Most of the featured artists are Latin American. In addition to Sting and Secada, other U.S. artists are Duran Duran, Air Supply and Tejano artists Selena and La Mafia.
Other international groups include Miguel Bose, Magneto, Paulino Rubio, Thalia, Bronco, Caifanes, Alex Salomon, Mana, Los Yonics, Sonora Santanera and Grupo Latino.
The festival will be co-hosted by Las Gemelas and actress Liz Echeverria.
One major and welcome change this year is an emphasis on live performances rather than lip-syncing, which has been the rule at previous festivals because it improved the audio quality for TV transmission.
Raul Velasco, host of Televisa’s variety show “”Siempre En Domingo,” said widespread criticism of lip-syncing at the festival brought about the change.
“”We did not want to run the risk of presenting a bad production before this festival was out of its infancy,” he said at a news conference. “”At least 70 percent of the artists this year are singing and performing live. This will not improve the fidelity (for television), but it will increase the authenticity of the performance and improve the communication between the artist and the public.”
He said technical problems are forcing the other artists to either lip-sync or sing to backing tapes.
Highlights of the Acapulco ’92 festival included a performance by Spaniard Rocio Durcal and Guadalupe Pineda in a stirring duet on “”Costumbres.” The same night featured a performance by new artist Cristian Castro, who drove the crowd wild with his singing style reminiscent of Luis Miguel.
More than 50 groups will perform at the Acapulco Convention Center concert hall, which has a capacity of 5,500.
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Source: Houston Chronicle