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Dominican Republic Flag illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Dominican Day Parade

This Sunday, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors would usually be flooding Sixth Avenue to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Dominican Republic at the Dominican Day Parade. 

While the event is going to be celebrated a bit differently this year, Presidente beer and Presidente Chairman, Alex Rodriguez, are giving fans nationwide a way of observing this day with those who share their passion for the DR’s rich culture with a virtual celebration where all are welcome!

Tune in on Sunday, August 9th at 3 PM EST as Presidente hosts an online celebration in partnership with Que Lo Que, a traditional Latin dance party created by the legendary APT.78, whose intention is to celebrate Latino culture through its gatherings. Participants will find themselves in attendance with former-New York Yankees legend and Chairman of Presidente, Alex Rodriguez! Activities will include:

  • A live, digital set from LA MEGA’s 97.9FM DJ Aneudy that will air on Presidente’s Instagram channel
  • Chances for fans to win Presidente swag for their attendance throughout the program
  • Including an exclusive line of NY-inspired Presidente T-shirts, hats, bandanas, and Drizly codes

 

Award illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Hispanic Heritage Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today that the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards, presented by Target for the eight year, will be broadcast on October 6th on PBS stations and stream on PBS.org. The historic program, which was created by the White House in 1988 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, is among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions.   

In keeping with current COVID-19 mitigation guidance and with the safety of participants in mind, the Hispanic Heritage Awards and PBS broadcast will not include a live ceremony but will feature more intimately filmed performances and Honoree segments filmed on location across the United States and Latin America.    

“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is thrilled to once again partner with Target and PBS to collectively celebrate and share the great promise, accomplishments, and cultural pride of the Latino community through the 2020 Awardees and powerful performances during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “More than ever, it’s important to shine the spotlight on the tremendous value Latinos provide this great country we all share, especially during this pandemic which has tragically impacted the Latino community and other communities of color at a higher rate.”    

The 2020 Honorees will be announced over the coming months followed by the performers, hosts, presenters and other sponsors (visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C92ZiK5MxAs). 

“Target is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the Hispanic Heritage Awards for the eighth year in a row. We’re proud to be a part of a program that highlights the amazing accomplishments of the Latinx community and the lasting contributions it has had on our country and the world, especially those working on the frontlines during this pandemic,” said Laysha Ward, Target’s Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer. “We congratulate and thank all of this year’s honorees and we are inspired by their tireless commitment to service of others.” 

“While it would have been great to come together in person, we are delighted to join the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in this virtual celebration of Latino Americans and their extraordinary contributions to our country,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “Building on our longstanding commitment to diverse stories and storytellers, we look forward to sharing the Hispanic Heritage Awards with our viewers during the sixth broadcast on PBS.” 

The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round, award-winning programs which inspire, prepare, and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s needs as well as promoting cultural pride.  HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  For more information, visit www.hispanicheritage.org.  

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Hrvy – Nevermind

Today, Capitol Records released “NEVERMIND,” the first single and leadoff track from HRVY’s debut album, Can Anybody Hear Me? “NEVERMIND” sees HRVY set the stage for pop domination with the juddering electro-pop sound he’s been so passionately perfecting over the last two years.

Co-written with J Hart (Justin Bieber) and Pollack (Lauv), the new single is a burst of pitch-shifted vocals that echoes the dance floor melancholy of previous single “ME BECAUSE OF YOU,” which is also included on the album.

HRVY will perform “NEVERMIND” on Nickelodeon’s “All That,” airing tomorrow, July 25, at 9:00 PM/8:00 Central Time. HRVY said, “I wrote this song last summer with J Hart and Pollack, who have written some of my favorite songs of the last few years. I’m so pleased this track turned out how it did and that everyone can finally hear it and see how the new music on the album is going to sound.”

Set for release on August 28, the album also includes the global smash “Personal,” which is certified Gold in the U.S., plus recent releases “Unfamiliar” and “Be Okay” (with R3HAB).

Can Anybody Hear Me? illuminates the many sides of HRVY and his musical tastes. While the plaintive acoustic ballad “She Isn’t You” nods to old school boy bands like *NSYNC, the title track is a banger that is sure to go down a storm in a live scenario. “ME BECAUSE OF YOU” showcases a musician truly coming into his own, embraced by fans who are experiencing similar growing pains as they transition into adulthood.

HRVY’s quest to craft the perfect pop song is connecting with an astronomical audience worldwide, with 20,000 tickets already sold for his upcoming rescheduled world tour, which includes dates in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia and Australia. At just 21, HRVY is already a global star, having traveled the world and scoring collaborations with artists such as Korean supergroup NCT Dream, esteemed Norwegian DJ and The Vamps collaborator Matoma, Seeb and Goodboys and Cuban-born Latino sensation Malú Travejo. Wonderland said, “HRVY is undoubtedly one to watch” and GQ (Britain) noted, “HRVY is the whole pop star package.” He has 4.8 million Instagram followers, over 2.7 million YouTube subscribers, 1 million followers on Spotify and more than 1 billion combined streams to his name, including over 250,000 streams in the U.S. alone. 2018 saw HRVY perform his biggest ever UK headline gig at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and last year saw him performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, sharing the same stage as Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, Stormzy and Charli XCX – both proving to be landmark moments in the pop star’s career.

Walking illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Limited Edition Walking Tours

In honor of the upcoming Mandela Day (July 18th), Walks has secured exclusive access to the Drakenstein Prison for a limited edition virtual tour, apart of their popular Spotlight Series, and it’s led by someone who was personally connected to Nelson Mandela and fought for his release, Moira Edmunds. 

Another special edition tour will be led by long-time street art guide, Ruddy Harootian, taking guests who tune in through NYC, featuring BLM / Black Trans Lives Matter artwork, black and latino artists and recognizable graffiti artists names as well. 

Walks is using their platform to be an educational tool, and celebrate the important influence black and marginalized individuals have on our society. I wanted to put these tours on your radar to see if they’re a fit for an upcoming story or you’re interested in pursuing. 

The first online Street Art Tour in NYC starts virtually this Saturday and the Nelson Mandela tour will kick off July 25th (due to some timing and a cold front recently; although in South Africa they tend to celebrate him month-long). More details on each tour are compiled below. 

The Black Lives Matter movement’s efforts to honor black voices is reverberating across the globe, and Walks is proud to utilize its virtual tours platform, Tours from Home, to contribute to the conversation. These tours are an educational outlet for impassioned supporters around the world, celebrating the important influence black and marginalized individuals have on our society. 

LIMITED EDITION TOURS 

Nelson Mandela: From Prison to President live from Drakenstein Prison in Cape Town, South Africa

Surrounding Mandela Day this July, join Nelson Mandela: From Prison to President Live from Drakenstein Prison in Cape Town, South Africa starts Saturday, July 25th, Sunday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 9th at 11 am ET / 8 am PT:  You will “walk” with individuals who were both in close proximity and served as Mandela’s allies. Your guides will include Manfred Jacobs, a warden at Victor Verster prison, where Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long incarceration and Moira Edmunds, who fought tirelessly for Mandela’s release, and is involved with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

Each year on July 18th, the international community recognizes, commemorates, and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba. He forged the course of black Africans, leading by extreme example. Within the country of South Africa the entirety of July is dedicated to his life and his actions to end apartheid. In 2020, we celebrate 30 years since Nelson Mandela’s freedom and we invite you to join in the celebration.

Street Art from New York City: The Power of Urban Graffiti 

Features predominantly African American and Latino artists starts this Saturday, July 18th, Saturday, July 25th and August 1st at 5 pm ET / 2 pm PT, lead by incredible storyteller Ruddy Harootian: July 18th: This entire tour will focus on the Black Lives Matter/Black Trans Lives Matter related works that have recently appeared on the outside of FIT. Artists include: Miyah Bri, Lisette Nerveli, Sarah Haskell, Mia Rivera, Grace Springer, and more. 

July 25th: Artists featured live will feature well-known artists Tristan Eaton and D*Face (Dean Stockton). Some photography and focused on BLM will include Raddington Falls, Fumero, Irena Kenny, Konstance Patton, and more. 

Aug 1st: Artists featured live will be infamous Shepard Fairey, Beau Stanton, and B.D. White. Artists featured via photography and focused on BLM include Shaina Eve Cintron, Calicho Arevalo, Lady Jday and more.

Key Features of Walks’ Tours From Home: 

  • Open Q&A time at the end of each tour
  • Guides are screen sharing, using visual aids for their presentations, and on some tours, taking guests on live walks around important attractions
  • Focus on storytelling and little-known facts 
  • Each virtual tour costs between $10 and $15, and all guests receive a $25 travel voucher for a future live Walks tour (valid for two years), enable guests to explore in person when travel resumes 
  • When guests love their guide, digitally provide tips directly on the platform

“The pandemic presented an opportunity to bring our tours into your home, and even go outside our typical offerings to highlight amazing storytellers and touch on provocative subjects. The BLM movement is a poignant time to elevate stories of inspiring activists and revolutionaries such as Nelson Mandela, and modern-day thought leaders and artists like those featured in our street art tour around Manhattan,” said Stephen Oddo, CEO of Walks.  

Walks offers over 150 unique tours and cultural experiences in 15 iconic cities across Europe and the United States. From its head offices in Dublin, Ireland and Austin, Texas, USA, Walks operates some of the most exclusive tours around the globe, partnering with prestigious attractions to offer special access to the world’s leading landmarks, museums and galleries. A complete end-to-end tour operator, Walks curates unique experiences for small groups, while delivering hands-on customer support. Walks is proud to operate a portfolio of websites including takewalks.com and walksofitaly.com.

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Goya Boycott

By Eamonn Burke

A boycott of Goya foods, a major producer of beans and an essential good for many families, has launched after its CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump in a speech at the White House on Thursday:

“We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” said Unanue.

Immediately, many prominent Hispanic figures such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced Goya and Unanue, and hinted in a tweet she would boycott the company. Julian Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, urged people do to the same despite the prominence of Goya in Latin American homes. The resistance comes from the public as well, as the hashtags #boycottGoya and #Goyaway have trended in recent days. Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter saying “I LOVE @GoyaFoods!”

Unanue, however, is not apologizing for endorsing Trump and is labeling the boycott as a “suppression of speech”. He was proud to support Trump, and also to say that Goya would be donating 2 million cans of food to American Food Banks. He also stated that he would be “honored” to be a part of the Hispanic Property Initiative, which was signed by Trump at the event with a goal of expanding “access by Hispanic Americans to educational and economic opportunities.” The CEO also has a extensive history of donating to Republican candidates and initiatives.

“If you’re called by the president of the United States, you’re going to say, ‘No I’m sorry, I’m busy, no thank you?’ I didn’t say that to the Obamas and I didn’t say that to President Trump.” said Unanue in an interview with Fox News on Friday. Republicans like Ted Cruz and Matt Schlapp and publicly defended the CEO while denouncing “cancel culture” on Twitter.

The unwavering support of Unanue is perplexing, when considering Trump’s history against Latinx people. In 2016, his presidential campaign was largely structured on restricting immigrants, especially from Mexico. In one speech he referred to the people coming from Mexico into the U.S. as “rapists.” He has relentlessly tried to end DACA, a program which protects immigrants, and offered little support to Puerto Rico in the midst of hurricane devastation. The Trump administration works closely with ICE and has detained immigrants at the US-Mexico border in concentration camps with inhuman men conditions.

It is also confusing when considering Goya’s history as a company. Goya is currently the largest Hispanic-owned company in the nation, but it began as a small store in Manhattan run by Spanish immigrants

As for President Trump, who is already unpopular with Hispanic voters, it is possible that he sees a reduction in the 26% of Latinx voters who support him.

360 Magazine, Sebastián Yatra

Sebastián Yatra – TBT

Sebastián Yatra Notches His Seventh #1 U.S. Single, As “TBT” Surges To The Top Of Billboard’s “Latin Airplay Chart.”

The Current Global Hit (“TBT” – Sebastián Yatra, Rauw Alejandro& Manuel Turizo) also Claims Multiple #1 Weeks on Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, & Puerto Rico Airplay Charts While Also Reaching RIAA Platinum Status At The Midpoint of the Year, Sebastián Yatra Has Also Just Been Selected By The Readers of Billboard As “The Latin Artist Dominating 2020.”

As the #1 Latin male artist on Tik Tok, with 23 Million Instagram followers, over 1 Billion YouTube views this year, and seven #1 singles in the United States already to his credit, Sebastián Yatra has unquestionably become Latin music’s leading new generation pop vocalist. A dynamic live performer that was chosen by legendary mentors Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias to join them on a landmark planned arena tour this fall (prior to its COVID-19 postponement), Yatra quickly became a “light in dark times” for his continually uplifting digital engagement with fans during the global pandemic.

While Yatra is enjoying continued chart success from 2020 singles with “TBT”, “Falta Amor”, and his latest collaborations “Locura” with Cali y El Dandee, and “Bajo la Mesa” with Morat, he continues to create new music, stay digitally connected to fans, and look forward to when they can come together in a live music setting once again soon.

“Music and life in times of pandemic – Through his social networks, the Colombian singer has tried to bring moments of fun and hope to his followers…he is one of the biggest stars in Latin music, demonstrated by millions of followers… dates scheduled [around the world], important awards… and an agenda full of commitments, which had rarely allowed him to stop.…Then the world stopped… His experiences in concerts and backstage have given way to [at home] shows with which, through his songs , he seeks to bring a little joy and hope to all those who are confined by the Coronavirus pandemic. We have also seen him reading stories for children and uploading TikToks with which he tries to get a smile out of his legion of fans (and boy does he succeed!).” – GQ Cover Profile (Mexico-translated)

“One of the most requested singers of the moment, Sebastian Yatra has not only collaborated with Daddy Yankee and Carlos Vives, but will go on tour with Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin” – People en Espanol: “Mas Bellos” Double Issue

“One of the top Latin artists of his generation… Sebastián Yatra has been a light during dark times, entertaining us with regular Instagram Lives, connecting with his fans by sharing their covers of his songs, creating social media challenges to be more loving and positive, posting hilarious TikTok videos, and even virtually reading bedtime stories to kids…. But in case you haven’t noticed, he’s not only one of the sweetest, funniest, most talented, and most humble artists of this generation; he’s also extremely sexy.” – Pop Sugar

6IX9INE , 360 magazine

6IX9INE – GOOBA

6IX9INE, with an early prison release due to COVID-19, drops internet smash which could rival the likes of Beyoncé with over 47mil streams on YouTube.

Regardless of yesterday’s spat with Meek Mill, 6IX9INE’s GOOBA seems to be making the most noise this weekend.

According to Compex, his Instagram live chat received over 2mil views – largest digital attendance in the social’s history.

6IX9INE — “GOOBA”
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SPOTIFY– Track “GOOBA”
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As of late, TMZ reports that the rapper was moved from his house arrest location due to the address being leaked online.

Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE

Spotlight on Abraham Mateo

Abraham Mateo is Spain’s biggest young breakout star of recent years and remains as one of the most successful international singers, signed to Sony Music Spain. Born August 25, 1998, has solidified an artistic career of 14 years, and has remained a worldwide phenomenon by positioning his songs in the top charts. His recent hits such as “Me Vuelvo Loco” with the renowned boy band CNCO and “¿Qué Ha Pasa’o?” with Sofía Reyes, and his most recent single “No Encuentro Palabras” with Manuel Turizo, demonstrate his wide range of musical styles and beautiful vocal range and tones. Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain, Abraham Mateo is a composer and producer who not only producers for himself but also for other A listers such as Ivy Queen, Gente de Zona, Belinda, Samo, Juan Magan and Lérica.

A master of social media, Abraham Mateo has over 15 million followers across all platforms. His artistic abilities extend into acting and dance. A true viral star representing the music of Spain and Latin genres, he has surpassed 1.3 billion views on his YouTube channel and is a major influencer among Spanish-speaking youth.

“I am excited to be able to bring my European, Spanish and Latin sound to more American listeners. Some of my greatest musical inspirations are from the United States. As a Spanish artist, it is a dream come true to work and collaborate with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Austin Mahone and 50 Cent “said Abraham Mateo.

Abraham’s first international recognition came when he was 14 years old, was in 2013 when the then 14-years-old was when he received a nomination in the Best New Artist category for Univisión’s Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) in 2013. That same year, his single “Señorita” spent nearly a year on Spain’s Top 50 singles chart. Its music video was the most watched in Spain on YouTube.

His success, however, dates long before his 14th birthday, when the artist won the National Musical Revelation award in his native Spain, at the young age of 9. He has since gone on to embark on four major tours comprising over 120 concerts in such countries as Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru, achieving sellouts on multiple occasions.

These tours have given him another way to spread the word about his irresistible songs, which are already on constant repeat by his digitally savvy followers. Fans of all ages are delighted by the charisma, energy and personal connection he gives them at every performance. Among Abraham’s biggest sold-out concerts in emblematic venues include, Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi (17,000 fans), Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid (16,000), Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Luna Park indoor venue (6,000) and Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional (10,000). He has also performed at such festivals as El Festival Presidente in Santo Domingo (60,000) and Barrio Latino in Lima (25,000).

He released his first album at age 10. His debut album with Sony Music, AM, came out in 2013. This was followed by Who I AM (2014), Are You Ready (2015) and A Cámara Lenta (2018). All four of his Sony albums have been certified Gold in Spain, with A Cámara Lenta also going Gold in the United States. In addition, Who I AM and Are You Ready went Gold in their first week of release. Who I AM eventually achieved Platinum sales status in Spain, while reaching #1 on Mexico’s album chart.

In Latin America, Abraham Mateo enjoyed breakout success with “Loco Enamorado” featuring Farruko and Christian Daniel. This vibrant collaboration dominated the charts in 2017, garnering over 180 million streams on Spotify, where it reached the Viral 50 chart in 26 countries. Its music video has surpassed 340 million views on YouTube. Its sales certifications include the following: 5x PlatinumGold in Peru, 4x Platinum in the United States, 2x Platinum in Spain and Mexico; and Gold in Colombia. The track also went viral in Argentina.

He followed up the overwhelming success of “Loco Enamorado” with “Háblame Bajito” featuring the American superstars Austin Mahone and 50 Cent. It went Double Platinum in Chile; Platinum in Spain, USA and Argentina; and Gold in Mexico.

His next single, “Se Acabó El Amor” featuring Yandel and Jennifer López, was an out-of-the-box hit, surpassing 170 million views on YouTube. It also dominated the airplay charts, reaching #1 on various rankings in the United States, where it earned a Platinum certification.

Abraham Mateo has kept evolving in different aspects of his musical career and sound. He performed at Argentina’s Kids Choice Awards and at the Latin American Music Awards (LAMAs) in Los Angeles, which were broadcasted live on Telemundo.

Constantly pushing himself to new heights, he recently received three more nominations a Premios Juventud. He kicked off 2018 with a nomination at the iHeartRadi Music Awards, proving his popularity at one of the United States’ larges radio platforms. And in early 2019, his most recent album A Cámara Lenta, featuring Latin and urban sounds, reached #1 on Mexico’s sales chart on its release day and it’s an RIAA certified gold album in the United States.

His U.S. airplay success continues to grow. With the success of “Se Acabó el Amor,” he became the youngest male solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboar Latin Airplay chart. “Loco Enamorado” hit #6 on Latin Pop Airplay, while “Háblame Bajito” also reached #6 on the Latin Digital Songs Sales chart. His recent collaboration with the successful Spaniards Lérica and Oma Montes, “Pegamos Tela” has become a hit in Spain with millions of streams reaching the top charts on Spotify. His first single from his upcoming album, “M Vuelvo Loco” with CNCO reached a RIAA certified Gold record within three months of its August 2019 release in the United States.

Abraham’s musical influences include pop, reggaetón, R&B and traditional Spanish instrumentation, an amalgam that makes his music instantly recognizable Entering the 2020s with big plans, Abraham is preparing his next studio album with Sony Music Latin.

Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE
Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE

Abraham Mateo

The pop-urban genre star Abraham Mateo confirms his attendance at the second edition of the Sun & Stars festival, which will take place on June 27 and 28 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

The Canary Islands, rich in culture and musical diversity, will host, for the second consecutive year, the largest-scale music festival that has been held in this group of islands. In 2019, Gran Canaria received more than 18,000 attendees from different countries, who witnessed an unprecedented show that featured artists such as: Juan Luis Guerra, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, Tego Calderon and Ana Guerra.

This year, the Sun & Stars festival will feature the Spanish urban music idol Abraham Mateo. He will share the stage with Marc Anthony, Residente, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra, Juan Magán, Efecto Pasillo.

“What an honor to be part of this festival. Thanks to the organizers for considering me, I am happy to sing in Spain, my land, my people. We are going to give everything on stage, we are going to have an incredible time,” said Abraham Mateo.

The leader of the pop-urban movement will share with his audience the success of his songs “I go crazy”, “In slow motion” and “Crazy in love”, in the middle of one of the most important moments of his artistic career.

The two-day event will take place in the emblematic stadium of Gran Canaria, which has a capacity to accommodate more than 32,000 spectators, as it is expected to exceed the number of its first edition in 2019. Tickets for the festival Sun & Stars are available through the website www.sunandstars.es

Omar Pérez-Then, 360 MAGAZINE

Omar Pérez-Then

Omar likes concon or crispy rice, as you may know it. He’s from the Dominican Republic, and no, he doesn’t play baseball, but he loves to sing and write songs. That’s the reason why he moved to Southern California in early 2007 to start the Commercial Music/Professional Vocalist program at Long Beach City College. For many years, he was an apprentice of the world-renowned Soprano María Remolá, was a “lover” on the cast of “Evita” – the Musical under the direction of Amaury Sánchez, and performed in a small latin band in his native Dominican Republic.

As of late, Omar released a passionate collection of his own compositions in Spanish, on his first EP album “O Mayúscula,” where he treats us with his own personal style he likes to refer to as “Caribbean Soul,” a fusion of his R&B/Soul influences and Caribbean roots. This sound has taken him to venues in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and all around the Dominican Republic, his home country, where he has charmed audiences at Casa de Teatro, Hard Rock Cafe – Santo Domingo (as opening act for the Multi-Latin GRAMMY Winning artist, Noel Schajris) and consequently, his own residency for Lunes de Cantautor. Also, serving as supportive musician for artists like J Balvin, Nicky Jam, and Chino y Nacho at the HTV • Heat Latin Music Awards in Punta Cana’s Playa Blanca.