Performing rights organization BMI will present its “Latin Lingo III” showcase on Thursday, February 20 at Club Groove, (125 McDougal Street at the corner of West 3rd) in NYC. Showtime is 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and admission is FREE. Started by BMI’s Jessie Lema, Associate Director of Latin Music, the series features up-and-coming BMI Latin songwriters from the U.S., Puerto Rico and South America.
Opening in the 7 p.m. slot, Diony, a young romantic Salsa singer/songwriter native of Colombia. He began singing at Festivals in his native Barraquilla at a very early age. By 17 he’d written his first song and, two years later, he relocated to the U.S where he stated working with well-known producer Rene Leyva.
Sano-In will be up next with his unique brand of Latin hip-hop. Born in the Dominican Republic he relocated as a child to Spanish Harlem. He uses his multi-cultural background to deliver the hip-hop message in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese with sometimes hilarious results. Sano-In has been working with Wu-Tang Clan producer Choco.
Miah (pronounced mee-ah) will close the show. The three sisters [Meylin, Zulay and Mavis] share Latin Soul, Pop, R&B and Rock sensibilities. They first appeared together in Paul Simon’s Broadway production of Capeman and it was Simon who encouraged them to form the group. They have since collaborated with a number of well-known songwriters.
Founded in 1940, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music, including past and present Latin Grammy winners and nominees such as Juanes, Gloria and Emilio Estefan,. Shakira, Thalia, Gilberto Gil, Carlos Santana, Kinky and Charlie Zaa. Through its music performance and reciprocal agreements with Sister organizations around the world, it grants businesses and media access to its repertore of approximately 4.5 million music works.