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Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

FILE - This April 23, 2018 file photo shows Josh Tillman performing at the 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The performing rights organization announced Thursday, May 28, 2020 that it will hold three-day virtual events for its four awards shows, which focus on pop, R&B, Latin and film music. The ASCAP Pop Music Awards will be held June 17-19; the ASCAP Screen Music Awards on June 23-25; the ASCAP Latin Music Awards on July 7-9; and the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on July 15-17. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

ASCAP to honor songwriters, publishers with virtual awards

May. 28, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is going virtual with its annual awards shows this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The performing rights organization announced Thursday that it will hold three-day virtual events — that will stream on ASCAP's...

New Mexico News Digest

May. 18, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@ap.org This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans...

Guitarist Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos, dies at 68

May. 17, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

Guitarist Jorge Santana, the younger brother of Carlos Santana and whose guitar riffs on the band Malo’s 1972 hit “Suavecito” transformed the song into a Chicano anthem, has died. Carlos Santana announced his brother's death on his Facebook page Friday. He was 68. “We take time to...

FILE - In this March 23, 2019 file photo, Eric Church performs during his Double Down tour in Rosemont, Ill. The country singer sent a message to fans in a new video that offers his belief in American resolve to overcome the pandemic. He is teasing new music, including a song called “Through My Ray Bans” from a forthcoming album.  (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 3-9

Apr. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 3-9 May 3: Actor Alex Cord (“Airwolf”) is 87. Singer Frankie Valli is 86. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 74. Singer Mary Hopkin is 70. Singer Christopher Cross is 69. Drummer Cactus Moser (Highway 101) is 63. Keyboardist David Ball of Soft Cell is 61. Country...

This combination photo shows Timbaland at the 58th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 2016, left, and Swizz Beatz at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The producers host a competition series “Verzuz.” The performances are streamed by artists usually from their homes on Instagram Live, which has become one of the go-to outlets for musicians to reach their fans as many across the world are home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Timbaland and Swizz kicked off the series, followed by other notable matchups like The-Dream and Sean Garrett, Ne-Yo and Johntá Austin, Scott Storch and Mannie Fresh, as well as T-Pain and Lil Jon which drew more than 280,000 live viewers. (Photos by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Stuck at home, music producers battle while fans party along

Apr. 17, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When pioneering producers like DJ Premier and RZA, Ne-Yo and Johnta Austin, and Lil Jon and T-Pain went head-to-head in recent days by playing some of their most impactful songs in battles on social media, in more normal times, it may have answered the hypothetical question many music fans...

Miami Latin musicians hurt by coronavirus

Apr. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Something eerily quiet has taken over the streets of Miami: missing are the sounds of timbales, strings, horns and vocals, which have been silenced by the coronavirus outbreak. The closure of restaurants, clubs and other venues goes deeper than the loss of income for local musicians who take...