Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer and songwriter, performing in both English and Spanish. Velasquez has sold over three million albums in the US, recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, recorded 16 singles that hit No. 1 plus six more that entered the top 10. She received a Latin Billboard Music Award in 2002 for her album "Mi Corazón", eight Dove Awards, including Best New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as three Grammy nominations, an American Music Award nomination in the category of "Favorite Latin Artist" in 2002. Since late 2010, Velasquez has co-hosted a morning radio show with Doug Griffin. Velasquez was born in Texas, she is of Mexican, French and Arab ancestry. She grew up in an evangelical church where her parents were pastors. Although she has described herself as a "Non-denominational Christian", she stated in an interview with Morris Cerullo that "you're talking to an Assemblies of God's girl".
At the age of nine, she began traveling with her father, who by that time was a full-time singing evangelist. She began by singing backup later sang solo, releasing two independent records, it was while on the road. Velasquez released her national debut album Heavenly Place in 1996; the album was certified Platinum. Velasquez has been distinguished as the fastest selling solo debut recording artist in her genre and the first solo artist in Christian music history to reach gold status with a debut album, she has since released seven more English-language albums. Five Latin albums garnishing amazing success with Llegar A Ti going double-platinum and Mi Corazón going platinum, she has produced sixteen No. 1 Christian radio hits and six other top-10 singles, has won nine Dove awards, including New Artist of the Year and two Female Vocalist of the Year wins. Velasquez has done ad campaigns for Pepsi, Doritos, John Freida's Frizz-Ease hair products and Helzberg Diamonds. In 1998, she signed to Sony Discos for a four-album deal and was introduced to Rudy Pérez, who produced her first Spanish-language crossover album Llegar a Ti which topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, the first Christian track to top that chart of its kind.
This album enabled Velasquez to achieve crossover success by building a fan base among Hispanics. Her first single, "Llegar a Ti," topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and became the first Christian song to top that chart; the song gave her a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance. In 2001, she released Mi Corazón; the album's lead single, "Como Se Cura Una Herida," topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and became one of the biggest singles of the year, receiving multiple award nominations and wins. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. "Como Se Cura Una Herida" charted at No. 1 with the song "Adore" at No. 1 on the CCM chart giving Velasquez two simultaneous No. 1s in two different markets. Her Latin music success includes five Spanish-language releases, two No. 1 Latin Billboard Singles, two Platinum albums, a Premio Lo Nuestro Award for New Artist of the Year, two Billboard Latin Music Awards, four Dove Awards for Spanish Language Album of the Year.
In September 2008, Velasquez was chosen by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs as one of the 15 Prominent Hispanic-Americans in the Arts in America. In August 2011, Velasquez signed with a new label, Inpop Records, her album, was released on February 7, 2012. Velasquez released her first Spanish-language lullaby album, Buenas noches mi sol, in 2012 with Fisher-Price. Velasquez released a new project on March 31, 2017 through Integrity Music, consisting of an English-language album and the Spanish-language version, Confío. At the 48th Dove Awards, Confío won Spanish Language Album of the Year Velasquez made her acting debut in the 2003 film Chasing Papi, which featured Sofia Vergara, Roselyn Sanchez, Eduardo Verastegui, as well as Nicole Scherzinger in a cameo role, it was released nationwide in the United States in April 2003. The movie reached No. 11 at the box office, grossed $6 million worldwide. Velasquez starred in the Christian films The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown, both released in 2011.
In November 2010, Velasquez began co-hosting the Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug Griffin after being a guest host for several months. The show airs on over 100 U. S. radio stations for four hours each weekday morning. In 2016, she played the drama teacher Mrs. Diaz in I'm Not Ashamed, a 2016 biographical drama film based on the journals of Rachel Joy Scott. Velasquez married Darren Potuck, of the band AutoVaughn, on August 16, 2003, they were divorced in 2005. On December 17, 2006, she married Nic Gonzales in a private ceremony in Texas. Gonzales is a member of a Christian group with whom she had been touring, their first son Zealand was born in 2007 and their second son Soren in 2009. Velasquez and her husband were featured in an episode of the home remodeling reality TV show Renovation Realities which aired December 6, 2014 on the DIY Network. 1992: Help Me 1994: Keep the Fire Burning 1996: Heavenly Place 1998: Jaci Velasquez 1999: Llegar A Ti 2000: Crystal Clear 2001: Mi Corazón 2001: Christmas 2001: Navidad 2003: Unspoken 2003: Milagro 2004: Mi His
6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards
The 6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, November 3, 2005. It was the first ceremony to be broadcast by Univision in the United States. Ivan Lins was the big winner winning two awards including Album of the Year, he is the first and only Portuguese language artist to win Album of the Year to date. Alejandro Sanz was honored with Record of the Song of the Year. Juanes won three awards including Best Rock Solo Vocal Album. Winners are in bold text. Record of the YearAlejandro Sanz — "Tu No Tienes Alma" Bebe — "Malo" Daddy Yankee — "Gasolina" Reyli — "Amor del Bueno" Aleks Syntek featuring Ana Torroja — "Duele el Amor"Album of the YearIvan Lins — Cantando Histórias Bebe — Pafuera Telarañas Obie Bermúdez — Todo el Año Intocable — Diez Diego Torres — MTV Unplugged Song of the YearAlejandro Sanz — "Tu No Tienes Alma" Jorge Drexler — "Al otro lado del río" Aleks Syntek — "Duele el Amor" Bebe — "Malo" Obie Bermúdez and Elsten C. Torres — "Todo El Año" Best New ArtistBebe Ilona JD Natasha Diana Navarro Reik Best Female Pop Vocal AlbumLaura Pausini — Escucha Bebe — Pafuera Telarañas Andrea Echeverri — Andrea Echeverri Fey — La Fuerza Del Destino Soraya — El Otro Lado de MiBest Male Pop Vocal AlbumObie Bermúdez — Todo el Año Marc Anthony — Amar Sin Mentiras Franco De Vita — Stop Alejandro Fernández — A Corazón Abierto Marco Antonio Solís — Razón de SobraBest Pop Album by a Duo/Group with VocalsBacilos — Sin Vergüenza Amaral — Pájaros en la cabeza Andy & Lucas — Desde mi barrio Elefante — Elefante Presuntos Implicados — Postales Best Urban Music AlbumDaddy Yankee — Barrio Fino Don Omar — The Last Don Live Luny Tunes — The Kings of the Beats Orishas — El Kilo Vico C — Desahogo Best Rock Solo Vocal AlbumJuanes — Mi Sangre Enrique Bunbury — El viaje a ninguna parte JD Natasha — Imperfecta-Imperfect Fito Páez — Mi vida con ellas Revolver — MestizoBest Rock Album by a Duo/Group with VocalsMolotov — Con Todo Respeto Enanitos Verdes — En Vivo Jarabe de Palo — 1m² Un Metro Cuadrado Locos Por Juana — Música Pa'l Pueblo Volumen Cero — EstelarBest Alternative Music AlbumOzomatli — Street Signs Circo — En El Cielo de Tu Boca Ely Guerra — Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy Los Amigos Invisibles — The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1 Los Rabanes — EcolecuaBest Rock SongJuanes — "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" Beto Cuevas — "Bienvenido Al Anochecer" Martin Chan and JD Natasha — "Lágrimas" Fito Páez — "Polaroid de Ordinaria Locura" J.
L Abreu and Egui Santiago — "Un Accidente" Best Salsa AlbumMarc Anthony — Valió la Pena Oscar D'León — Así Soy... El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico — Aquí Estamos y... ¡De Verdad! Gilberto Santa Rosa — Auténtico Spanish Harlem Orchestra — Across 110th StreetBest Merengue AlbumElvis Crespo — Saboréalo Los Toros Band — En Vivo 2004 Kinito Méndez — Celebra Conmigo Ramón Orlando — Generaciones Toño Rosario — ResistiréBest Contemporary Tropical AlbumCarlos Vives — El Rock de Mi Pueblo Bachá — Bachá Juan Formell and Los Van Van — Chapeando Monchy y Alexandra — Hasta El Fin Michael Stuart — Sin Miedo Various Artists — Cuba Le Canta A SerratBest Traditional Tropical AlbumCachao — ¡Ahora Sí! Manny Manuel — Nostalgia Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal — Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Manuel Guajiro Mirabal Omara Portuondo — Flor De Amor Tropicana All Stars — Tradición Best Tropical SongJuan Luis Guerra 440 — "Las Avispas" Cachao — "Ahora Sí" José Luis Morín A. and Olga Tañón — "Bandolero" Carlos I. Medina and Carlos Vives — "Como Tú" Marc Anthony and Estéfano — "Valió La Pena" Best Singer-Songwriter AlbumGian Marco — Resucitar Djavan — Vaidade Pedro Guerra — Bolsillos Kevin Johansen — City Zen Vicentico — Los Rayos Best Ranchero AlbumLuis Miguel — México En La Piel Pepe Aguilar — No Soy De Nadie Rocío Dúrcal— Alma Ranchera Vicente Fernández — Vicente Fernández y Sus Corridos Consentidos Ana Gabriel — TradicionalBest Banda AlbumBanda El Recodo — En Vivo Conjunto Atardecer — Los Número Uno del Pasito Duranguense K-Paz de la Sierra — Pensando En Ti Los Horóscopos de Durango — Locos de Amor Lupillo Rivera — Con Mis Propias ManosBest Grupero AlbumAna Bárbara — Loca de AmarOscar De La Rosa and La Mafia — Para El Pueblo Grupo Bronco — Sin Riendas Guardianes del Amor — Olvidarte Nunca Volumen X — Sigo Pensando En TiBest Tejano AlbumDavid Lee Garza, Joel Guzmán and Sunny Sauceda — Polkas, Gritos y Acordeónes David Lee Garza & Los Musicales — Solo Contigo Jimmy González & El Grupo Mazz — Para Mi Gente La Tropa F — Milagro Bobby Pulido — ViveBest Norteño AlbumIntocable — Diez Conjunto Primavera — Hoy Como Ayer Los Palominos — Atrévete Los Tigres del Norte — Directo Al Corazón Michael Salgado — El Zurdo De Oro Best Regional Mexican SongJosué Contreras and Johnny Lee Rosas — "Aire" Freddie Martínez, Sr. — "Corazón Dormido" Edel Ramírez — "Me Vuelvo Loco" Luigi Giraldo, Cruz "CK" Martínez and A.
B. Quintanilla — "Na Na Na" Best Instrumental AlbumDavid Sánchez — Coral Manuel Alejandro — Nuevos Caminos Ed Calle — Ed Calle Plays Santana Pedro Guzman — Ti ple Jazz Gonzalo Rubalcaba and New Cuban Quartet — Paseo Best Folk AlbumLila Downs — One Blood Una Sangre Camerata Coral and Grupo Tepeu — Misa Criolla - Navidad Nuestra De Ariel Ramírez Los Nocheros — Noche Amiga Mía John Santos and El Coro Folklórico Kindembo — Para Ellos Various Artists — Homenaje A Luis Miranda "El Pico De Oro" Best Tango AlbumPablo Ziegler, Quique Sinesi and Walter Castro — Bajo Cero Hybrid Tango — Hybrid Tango Nicolás Ledesma Cuarteto — De Tango Somos Adriana Nano — Buenos Aires, Viaje / Buenos Aires, Journey Trelles and Cirigliano — Solo Para Dos Best Flamenco AlbumTomatito — Aguadulce Diego Carrasco — Mi Adn Flamenco José Mercé — Confí De F
Julieta Venegas Percevault is an American-born Mexican singer, songwriter and producer who sings pop-rock in Spanish. She speaks English and Spanish fluently, she has a twin sister, a photographer. Venegas began studying music at age eight, she went on to join several bands including Mexican ska band Tijuana No!. Venegas plays several instruments including acoustic guitar and keyboard, she has won five Latin one Grammy Award among other awards. She has performed in soundtracks for two movies. In 1997, she released her debut album Aquí to favorable reviews in Mexico by the rock audience. In years, she positioned herself as one of the most prominent songwriters in Latin pop by achieving fame in 2003 in Latin America and Spain with the album Sí and singles "Andar Conmigo" and "Algo está cambiando" which were positioned at the top of Latin Billboard. In 2006, she released her most successful album Limón y Sal, her best-selling album to date. Limón y Sal achieved Platinum status in several countries, including the worldwide hit "Me Voy."
"Me voy" was certified Gold in Mexico. Her album Otra Cosa was released worldwide on March 16, 2010. Venegas was designated a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Mexico. Venegas began playing instruments at age 10. In the years that followed, music grew to be her passion. At the beginning of her career, she collaborated with a few bands in Tijuana, later in Mexico D. F, her first solo album, Aquí, was released in 1998 with the collaboration of Gustavo Santaolalla. She recorded and played live. In 2000, she recorded her second album, where she experimented with the electric guitar, collaborated with producers and musicians including Gustavo Santaolalla, Meme de Real, Quique Rangel, Toy Hernandez and Joe Chiccarelli. In 2003, she released her third album, Sí, recorded and produced in Buenos Aires and Madrid with guest musicians Cachorro López and Coti Sorokin. In 2006, her fourth album, Limón y Sal, debuted with the help of producer Cachorro López. In 2007, she collaborated with Miranda! to record the song "Perfecta," which became a chart-topping single in 2008 in Latin America.
That year, she was featured in MTV Unplugged which led to a DVD and CD. The single "El Presente" was drawn from the production; the album Otra Cosa was released in March 2010. With the support of BMG, Julieta recorded her first solo album with producer Gustavo Santaolalla. Published in 1997, "Aquí" contained twelve tracks composed by Julieta and was distributed in Mexico and several Latin American countries; the material showed Julieta to be an inventive artist in Mexican popular music. The first single from the album "De Mis Pasos" was accepted by a young audience and positioned as one of the best female rock songs of that time; the second single, "Como Sé," won the MTV award for "Mejor Interpretación Femenina." Following the international release of the album, Julieta received a large number of invitations to collaborate with different musicians and performers in Latin America, including Sasha Sokol, Enanitos Verdes, Sr. Gonzalez, Los Tres, Cartel de Santa, León, Enrique Bunbury. In 1998, she participated in the tour "De Diva Voz" with Ely Guerra and Aurora y La Academia, appearing at different locations in Mexico and the United States.
Soon after, the tour was in "Calaveritas y Diablitos" next to Aterciopelados and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs in Spain. The same year she participated in the album Volcán: Tributo a José José, a tribute to the legendary Mexican singer José José. Julieta recorded the song "El Triste", her participation in international festivals increased the following year. The Festival presented Juliet "Midem Americas," Generation Ñ "," Rock Al Parque de Bogotá and Festival "El Hatillo". In 1999, she appeared in the Mexican version of the video "Infinito" by Bunbury. In 2000, Nacho Mastretta invited her to participate in her album "Luna de Miel", which consists of twelve songs performed by twelve female vocalists from different countries. Soon after that, Venegas contributed three songs to the soundtrack of En El País de No Pasa Nada. Soon after, Julieta Venegas wrote and recorded for the film "Amores Perros" and the song "Amores Perros Me Van A Matar." The song was produced by Emmanuel del Real and Quique Rangel, who would collaborate with Venegas on her next album, Bueninvento.
Bueninvento produced by Gustavo Santaolalla and Joe Chiccarelli, was launched in September 2000. It was recorded in Los Angeles and Mexico City. Thirteen of the fourteen songs are authored by Julieta Venegas including a tribute to Juan Gabriel – "Siempre En Mi Mente." In the same year, she participated in the "Arezzo Wave Love" in Italy, where she sang a version of the song "Amores Perros..." in Italian and the tour "Evolucion 2000" with Jaguares and Gusana Ciega. It is involved in the Hannover Fair as part of Music Bridges Around the World, which links to composers from around the world. Join the Cubadisco Festival in Havana and the tour'Femina Rock' with Maria Gabriela Epumer and other female figures of the rock. In 2002, the singer Victor Manuel calls offering to participate in a tribute to Joaquín Sabina along with other women. Sing "Corre Dijó La Tortuga." Participa several soundtracks: In the movie "Maria Full of Grace" with the theme "Lo Que Venga Después." In the movie "Demasiado Amor" a cover of Lupita D'alessio "Acariciame" with two versions, one in collaboration with Mastretta, one with Joan Valent.
Diego el Cigala
Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar, known as El Cigala, is a famous Romani Flamenco gypsy singer. As he himself has said, the nickname was given to him by three guitar players, Los Losada, for his powerful voice, not by Camarón de la Isla as believed. Cicadas have been used as money, in folk medicine, to forecast the weather, to provide song, in folklore and myths around the world. Cicadas are featured in the well-known protest song "Como La Cigarra". In the song, the cicada is a symbol of defiance against death. Diego El Cigala holds Dominican citizenship. One of his great albums is the 2003 "Lágrimas Negras", a collaboration with 85-year-old Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés; the graceful fusion of Cuban rhythms and flamenco vocals made this record an international success. ) Born into a family of Romani artists and intellectuals in Madrid, El Cigala started singing in flamenco peñas and tablaos, until his excellent meter and ability to mark the rhythm caught the attention of world-class bailaores like Mario Maya, Faíco, Farruco, El Güito, Manuela Carrasco, Cristóbal Reyes, Carmen Cortés, Joaquín Cortés and he began touring as part of their companies.
By the late nineties, having collaborated on recordings by Camarón, Gerardo Núñez and Vicente Amigo, he was ready to record his own CD. With the success of "Undebel" he launched his career as solo singer, he has won two Grammys and 5 Latin Grammy nominations. His wife, Amparo Fernández, died in 2015 from cancer in Punta Cana. 1998 – Undebel 2000 – Entre vareta y Canasta 2001 – Corren tiempos de alegría 2002 – Teatro Real 2003 – Blanco y Negro en vivo 2003 – Lágrimas negras 2005 – Picasso en mis ojos 2008 – Dos lágrimas 2010 – Cigala & Tango 2013 – Romance de la luna Tucumana 2016 – Indestructible Official Website Diego el Cigala biography and discography Flamenco Forum
En Honor a la Verdad
En Honor a la Verdad is a rap album released by Puerto Rican singer Vico C. The song "5 de Septiembre" is dedicated to Vico C's daughter. "Intro" "En Honor A La Verdad" "Capicú" "5 De Septiembre" "Flowowow" "Para Mi Barrio" "En La Barbería" "Superman" "Masacote" "El Bueno, El Malo Y El Feo" "Yerba Mala" "Mi Forma De Tiraera" "5 De Septiembre" "Para Mi Barrio" "El Bueno, El Malo Y El Feo"
The Shrine Auditorium is a landmark large-event venue in Los Angeles, California. It is the headquarters of the Al Malaikah Temple, a division of the Shriners, it was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975. Opened in 1926, the current Shrine Auditorium replaced an earlier 1906 Al Malaikah Temple, destroyed by a fire on January 11, 1920; the fire gutted the structure in just 30 minutes, nearly killed six firefighters in the process. The new auditorium was designed in the Moorish Revival style by San Francisco-based theater architect G. Albert Lansburgh, with local architects John C. Austin and A. M. Edelman associated; when built, the auditorium could hold 1,200 people on stage and seat an audience of 6,442. An engineer who consulted on the project said that the steel truss supporting the balcony was the largest constructed. In 2002, the auditorium underwent a $15 million renovation that upgraded the stage with state-of-the-art lighting and rigging systems, included new roofing and air conditioning for both the Auditorium and Expo Center, modernized concession stands, additional restrooms, repainting of the Expo Center, a new performance plaza and parking garage.
The entire complex follows a Moroccan architectural motif. The Shrine Auditorium seats 6,300 people and has a stage 194 feet wide and 69 feet deep; the Auditorium features two boxes above the orchestra level holding 40 people each and seven loges on the balcony holding between 36 and 47 seats each. Of the remaining seats, 2,964 are on 2,982 on the balcony level; the Shrine Auditorium has hosted a number of events for entertainment. The Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine from 1947 to 1948 and eight times between 1988 and 2001 until it permanently moved to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood; the Shrine hosted fifteen Grammy ceremonies until 2000 when the Grammys moved to the nearby Staples Center. The Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the venue for a decade beginning in 1998. However, the Primetime ceremony moved to the nearby Microsoft Theater. Other entertainment events the Shrine has hosted include the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards, My VH1 Music Awards in 2000 and 2001, the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
For 33 years, the Shrine Auditorium was home to the University of Southern California Trojans basketball team. The Trojans' home court was on the Shrine's stage; the Los Angeles Lakers briefly played some playoff games in the theatre, when the nearby Los Angeles Sports Arena was unavailable. The Shrine Circus, stage shows and other events are held here; the Shrine Auditorium was the venue for the 55th Miss Universe beauty pageant. The 1933 movie King Kong filmed the audience in the Shrine Auditorium for the scenes where Kong was displayed manacled on stage. In 1953, segments of Judy Garland's movie classic A Star Is Born were filmed at the Shrine. December 4, 1953: Annual Los Angeles Examiner Christmas Show, benefitting children. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny & Danny Thomas were among the stars. In 1955, The Great Shrine Auditorium Concert took place, considered a major event in the histories of both American gospel and secular music; the event featured several gospel acts including Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes, Brother Joe May, The Caravans, James Cleveland who would go on to become a gospel superstar.
The event featured a young Sam Cooke, at the time performing with the famous gospel group The Soul Stirrers. Cooke would become a legendary pop music star in his own right and would have a career that included over 30 Top 40 hits and an induction, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of their inaugural class. On June 8, 1956, Elvis Presley held his first Los Angeles concert at the Shrine. Ray Charles recorded his landmark Live in Concert album at the Shrine in 1964. In the late 1960s, the Shrine was referred to as "The Pinnacle" by the audiences of rock concerts. On August 24, 1968, The Grateful Dead performed there and recorded their show, released as a live album entitled Two from the Vault. On January 24, 1975, Genesis led by singer Peter Gabriel, gave a live performance of the conceptual progressive rock show, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" at the Shrine; this concert was considered one of the major rock music events in Los Angeles that year, an audio recording of it was released in 1998 as part of a box set by the band's label.
1976 The Tubes played 2 shows a night. On January 27, 1984, Michael Jackson was filming a Pepsi commercial in the auditorium, when the pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire, he suffered second-degree burns on his scalp as a result of the incident. On November 8–9, 1995, Fugazi performed two sold-out concerts at the venue; the auditorium has hosted KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball three times, on December 16, 2000, December 19, 2001 and December 6, 2005. The Shrine is featured in the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles, part of its "South Central Map Expansion"; the 55th Miss Universe pageant was held there on July 23, 2006. In 1998, the Shrine held the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert, which found a home at the Gibson Amphitheatre. With the announcement in 2013 that the Gibson Amphitheater was being torn down in order to construct a new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios, the concert returned to the Shrine. On August 10, 2014, it hosted the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. During even-numbered years, the Shrine hosts the annual MTV Movie Awards, wi
Skank is a Brazilian band from Belo Horizonte. Having begun in 1991, they sold 5,200,000 copies of their albums as of 2004. Intending to mix dancehall with traditional Brazilian styles the band changed its sonority to music closer to Britpop and local movement Clube da Esquina. In 1983, Samuel Rosa and Henrique Portugal started to play in a reggae band called "Pouso Alto", along with Dinho Mourão and his brother Alexandre. In 1991, Pouso Alto arranged for a performance in São Paulo, but due to the Mourão brothers not being in Belo Horizonte, bassist Lelo Zaneti and drummer Haroldo Ferretti were called for the gig; the band premiered on June 5, 1991, due to the performance competing with the Campeonato Paulista final match, the audience was 37 people. After the show, the group changed its name to Skank, inspired by Bob Marley's song "Easy skanking", began to perform at "Mister Beef" churrascaria in Belo Horizonte. After playing for some time in churrascarias and clubhouses, the band spent US$10,000 in their first album, released as an independent CD in late 1992 with 3,000 copies paid by the band members themselves.
In 45 days, 1,200 were sold, Sony Music signed the band as the first Brazilian act in its Chaos label. Skank was re-released in April 1993; the singles "O Homem Que Sabia Demais", "Tanto" and "InNação" took the group on a 120 concerts tour around Brazil, the album sold 250 thousand copies. Calango was the first record produced by Dudu Marote. "É Proibido Fumar", "Te Ver", "Pacato Cidadão", "Esmola" and "Jackie Tequila" were hits, Calango sold around 1,200,000 copies. O Samba Poconé was released in 1996; the album had three big hits, "Tão Seu", "É Uma Partida de Futebol", included by FIFA in the official soundtrack for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, "Garota Nacional", which topped the Spanish charts for three months, was the only Portuguese language song in the Sony Music compilation Soundtrack for a Century, released in 1997 to celebrate the company's centennial, took the group on tour in Argentina, United States, Germany, Italy and Portugal. Although "Garota Nacional" translates to "national girl", the song is not about the women of Brazil: it celebrates the "girls of Bar Nacional", a bar and nightclub in Belo Horizonte famous in the early 1990s for the beauty of its female patrons.
Manu Chao featured in "Sem Terra", "Los Pretos" e "Zé Trindade". "O Samba Poconé" sold 1,800,000 cópias - 800,000 of those in two months. Siderado, produced by John Shaw and Paul Ralphes, begins the band's movement towards a more rock and roll sound; the Clube da Esquina-influenced "Resposta", "Mandrake e Os Cubanos" and "Saideira" were hits. Released in 1998, Siderado sold 750 thousand copies. Daúde and Uakti participated as guest artists. In 1999 Skank recorded a Spanish language version for "Wrapped Around Your Finger" in a tribute album for The Police entitled Outlandos d'America. With Maquinarama, the band begins in earnest its move away from the ska and reggae sound towards a more rock oriented one influence by The Beatles, Clube da Esquina and contemporary alternative rock. Maquinarama, produced by Chico Neves and Tom Capone and released in July 2000, sold 275 thousand copies; some of the hit singles were "Três Lados", "Balada do Amor Inabalável" and "Canção Noturna". The original cover shows a Cadillac with graffiti by Californian artist Kenny Scharf.
The international version has a different cover. In 2001, Skank recorded the first live album in Ouro Preto as part of the MTV Brasil's series "MTV Ao Vivo". MTV Ao Vivo sold 600 thousand copies. Besides a list of hits chosen by fans through Skank's website, the album had the new song "Acima do Sol", a national hit. In 2002 Samuel Rosa played acoustic guitar in "É Proibido Fumar", from the Acústico MTV by Roberto Carlos. Cosmotron, produced by Skank and Tom Capone, was released in July 2003 and sold 250 thousand copies - a disappointment next to their vigorous previous sales figures; the album had many radio and ringtone hits. "Supernova", "Dois Rios", "Vou Deixar" and "Amores Imperfeitos" were the main tracks. Cosmotron won the Latin Grammy - best Brazilian rock album award in 2004. Released in October 2004, Radiola was the first compilation album by Skank, it included four new songs, including the Gilberto Gil cover "Vamos Fugir". The cover reproduces a painting by the hyped Los Angeles artists the Clayton Brothers.
Radiola sold 200 thousand copies. In March 2006 Skank began recording the new album Carrossel in their studio in Belo Horizonte, with producers Chico Neves, who worked in Maquinarama, Carlos Eduardo Miranda, producer of O Rappa's Unplugged album. Released in August, the album had the semi-hits "Uma Canção É Pra Isso" and "Mil Acasos". Arnaldo Antunes, César Mauricio and Humberto Effe were the songwriting partners. In 2008, the band reunited with Dudu Marote, who produced Calango and O Samba Poconé, to record the album Estandarte in their studio in Belo Horizonte. Released in September, the album had low sales, but produced the hits "Ainda Gosto Dela", "Sutilmente" and "Noites de um Verão Qualquer." On June 19, 2010, Skank performed a free concert on the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte. It was the last event before the venue was closed to reform in order to accommodate the 2014 FIFA World Cup; the show was recorded for the live album and DVD Multishow Ao Vivo - Skank no Mineirão, which feature