Manuel Molina’s famous Carnaval is being celebrated this year on April 30th at Red and Jerry’s event center, and is a tribute to the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz. For 20 consecutive years, Manuel Molina, a prominent and successful musician who lives in Denver, has hosted Carnaval in Colorado, featuring world-renowned artists complete with a costume contest. The quality of the artists are extraordinary, only Manuel Molina can gather such a selective group of artists in one stage. In fact, Molina’s fans anticipate Carnaval each year because they know they will get a chance to see world-renowned artists perform live in Denver together on one stage. Beautiful women dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes who will be greeting guests, and dance performances from some of the best dancers of latin music in the world are icing on the cake. A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the person wearing the best costume. This event shows what Latin Music is all about.
Furthermore, Manuel Molina is performing with his 16-piece orquestra, playing both his own hits and Celia Cruz songs. Celia Cruz has a song named “La Vida es un Carnaval” which means Life is a Carnaval, where she says “Let’s not cry, because life is a carnaval, it’s more beautiful to live singing.” Basically the main message throughout this song is that life is too beautiful to suffer. The lyrics of the song are positive and lively as are most of her songs, coupled with drums and trumpets that make everybody want to dance. Celia Cruz died in 2003, but her legacy lives forever. On April 30th, Manuel Molina will bring her music to life here in Colorado, celebrating her life and musical career.
This year, Manuel Molina’s Carnaval–Tribute to Celia Cruz is featuring a live performance by Cuban dancer Alien Ramirez (Multi World Champion in several dance styles); Guatemalan dancer Erick Calvillo (dancer and choreographer in Hollywood, CA); Mexican vocalist Dinorah Curkendall; Cuban Hower Hernandez on the timbales; Colombian vocalist Suzanne Morales; Russian genius saxophone player Alex Nekrasov; and vocalist Kike Aguilar of Mazatlan, Mexico. Every one of these artists is so talented that your Denver Latin Music Examiner is going to write an article about them. Colorado–get ready to dance your butt off! Wear a costume like they do in Carnaval, don’t be shy!
This article is the first of a series of articles relating to Manuel Molina’s Carnaval–Tribute to Celia Cruz.
The official promotional video of this event is on the left.
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