Scoot over, Ricky Martin

By
Berklee Office of Communications
June 23, 2008
Daniel Diaz, a student singer/songwriter, performs at the Berklee Latin Showcase, backed up by a talented Berklee student band. Diaz also co-coordinated the showcase and other events held during the week.
Alumna Natalia Bernal delivers the opening speech at the Berklee Latin Showcase, addressing advancements at Berklee and the growth of the Latin community.
Panelists and student coordinators. From left: Edgar Cortazar, hit songwriter; Javier Samayoa, student coordinator ; Pedro Guzman, alumnus and A&R rep for Universal; Ricardo Gaitan, songwriter/producer; Luis Fonsi, multi-platinum singer; Aleks Syntek, multi-platinum singer/songwriter and producer; Daniel Diaz, student coordinator; Porfirio Piña, director of BMI Latin; Peter Alhadeff, Berklee faculty and panel moderator; and Pablo Latapi, student coordinator.
Students tour Miami's Hit Factory/Criteria Studios with alumna Alexandra Velez.
The student group enjoyed performances and celebrity appearances with a screaming crowd at the Latin Billboard Awards.
Photo by Javier Samayoa
Photo by Javier Samayoa
Photo by Javier Samayoa
Photo by Mayo Obregon

Berklee continued to increase its visibility in the international Latin music scene with a showcase during the Latin Billboard Conference and Awards in April.

The first of its kind, the showcase at the Jazziz Bistro in Fort Lauderdale, Florida attracted not only alumni but industry figures like A&R professionals, producers, Billboard executives, songwriters, record label executives, and fellow musicians. All enjoyed an evening of music by Berklee's most talented Latin performers, demonstrating that there's plenty of new talent at the place where superstar Juan Luis Guerra '82 went to college.

Click the photo to see an album from the trip.