Latin Music and Culture Expert. Specialist in all styles of music from Latin America, Spain and the Latin United States, its context, history and current impact. My work explores contemporary issues and social history in the Spanish-speaking world through its culture. My perspective is both Pan-Latin and country specific.
I am the recipient of a 2019 Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Research Grant, an award that will help me to continue my work researching and reviving the story of Panart, Cuba’s first record label. I have also been working with Craft Recordings (Concord Music) on reissues of Panart recordings. I am the co-producer and liner notes author for the Complete Cuban Jam Sessions box set, released in 2018, and am currently working as producer on a box set of compilations that will tell the story of the label, which brought Cuban music to the world in the 1940s and ’50s.
Other recent projects include consulting for Disney Animation.
As a journalist and critic, I write regularly about the legacy, evolution and business of Latin music, art and activism, women in music. Life in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, film, and food and where it comes from are other frequent subjects.
My writing focuses on culture in context. My work has taken me to South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and throughout the Latino U.S., and it extends to anywhere I can make a discovery, follow history, get involved in a debate, and fundamentally, record the stories of art and lives.
I am a correspondent for Billboard Magazine in Barcelona, as well as a contributor to travel, food and music publications. Awards for my work include a National Journalism Awards First Prize for Feature Writing, Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade prize for criticism and an Inter American Press Association Fellowship to Buenos Aires. I have been a reporter, critic and staff writer for the Associated Press (New York City desk and Spain correspondent), the Buenos Aires Herald, the Miami New Times, the Miami Herald, and Billboard (New York and L.A.). My work have been published in newspapers, magazines, and on websites including American Airlines' American Way, Celebrated Living and Nexos; the website of leading Latin music collection Gladys Palmera, Travel & Leisure en Español, The New York Times, Food Republic, GRAMMY magazine,Dwell, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, El Nuevo Herald, Harper’s Bazaar, Artnews and Art in America.
I also tell stories through music. I have created playlists, organized music catalogues, created radio stations, and written editorial features for MTV Digital, Google Play, Rhapsody/Napster, Songza, Music Choice and other music companies. I have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, World Café and Alt.Latino, as well as WKXLU Los Angeles' legendary Latin show Alma del Barrio. In television, I have worked as a consultant to the BBC and CBS Sixty Minutes.
As a Latin music and Cuba expert, I frequently speak to university students, and participate in panels at international conferences which have included the Billboard Latin Music Conference, SXSW, Primavera Sound and the LAMC. I have been a "Global Music Ambassador" at Berklee College of Music's Valencia Campus, and a professor at Pompeu Fabre's Global Music Business Masters program in Barcelona.
El Pequeño Circo de Asno y Camello, my first children's book, created in collaboration with artist and animator David Navas, my husband, was published by Barcelona's Alba Editorial in 2016. David and I also create non-fiction comics, which have been published in international magazines. Our artists' books include Taking the Subway to Russia.