Will Maria Isa be St. Paul's reggaeton breakout?
class=img_thumbleft>Since flooring crowds at theTwin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop
this summer (larger photohere
), St. Paul teenagerMaria Isa
) has been doing some dream-like social climbing. "Her manager has strong connections to some of the most popular reggaeton artists in Puerto Rico,"reports
Tom Horgen in the Star Tribune, "most notablyTego Calderon
, the genre's most outspoken political figure... In August, Isa hung out with Calderon while he was in Minneapolis to meet with executives from his new label, Atlantic Records, and with Target Corp. She got the chance to perform for her idol and get feedback from someone whom many consider the genre's best." Shoot, color me scooped. (That beautiful photo linking the story, by the way, is by Marlin Levison.) The story goes on to say thatFelipe Cuauhtli
is preparing Isa for a big push in 2006, including a debut album. (Read more about reggaetonhere
in City Pages andhere
in the Village Voice, check out the Wednesday reggaeton night atEuphoria
, and look for more Minneapolis shows atEl Nuevo Rodeo
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