Will Maria Isa be St. Paul's reggaeton breakout?

class=img_thumbleft>Since flooring crowds at the

Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop

this summer (larger photo


), St. Paul teenager

Maria 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,"


Tom Horgen in the Star Tribune, "most notably

Tego 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 that

Felipe Cuauhtli


Los Nativos



is preparing Isa for a big push in 2006, including a debut album. (Read more about reggaeton


in City Pages and


in the Village Voice, check out the Wednesday reggaeton night at


, and look for more Minneapolis shows at

El Nuevo Rodeo


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