Get to Know the LAMC ‘Discovery Award’ Winners

By | 18 July, 2019

The Latin Alternative Music Conference has long been an arbiter of artists on the rise. Their “Discovery Award” has gone to artists who today have established music careers, such as Mexico’s Carla Morrison, Chile’s Astro, Panama/Oakland’s Los Rakas, and Puerto Rico’s iLe.

The winners of the 2019 “Discovery Award” hail from Argentina and Puerto Rico. Get to know more about the artists who took home the award on LAMC’s 20th year below.

Argentina: Nathy Peluso

Argentina’s Nathy Peluso. [Photo by Karlo X Ramos]

She hit the Central Park Summerstage wearing a bright yellow fringe jumper and it matched her performance: energetic. Exciting.

Nathy Peluso grew up listening to different types of music such as Ray Charles, Joao Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Atahualpa Yupanqui, and D’Angelo. She has a huge passion for swing, jazz, salsa, Brazilian music, Argentine rock, hip-hop, and Latin American folklore. At the beginning of 2019, she released “Natikillah,” a song in which 2000s gangsta rap, R&B, and hip-hop merged. She is currently working on her new album.

One of our favorite tracks by Peluso, “Corashe, is a hard-hitting song about a woman desperately looking for her partner, whom she says lacks courage. Watch/listen below.

Puerto Rico: Los Rivera Destino

This band caught Bad Bunny’s attention with their bolero version of monster reggaeton smash hit “Te Boté” back in 2018. They’ve since gone on to record an original bolero along with him.

Puerto Rico’s Los Rivera Destino are “Discovery Award” winners for their comical take on rock music. Carlos Figueroa, Antonio Sanchez, and Fernando Tarrazo promote the band by making comedy videos where they introduce musical elements. Listen to their beautiful bolero, “Flor,” with Bad Bunny, which they released special for Father’s Day in June.

Argentina: Juan Ingaramo 

Originally from Córdoba, Juan Ingaramo rounds out LAMC’s 2019 “Discovery Award” recipients.

He produces, writes music and lyrics, and uses his skills as a multi-instrumentalist to produce pretty and romantic Latin pop. Having played Lollapalooza Argentina, Cosquin Rock, and Sónar Buenos Aires, Ingaramo has created a buzz around his music and we’re sure we’ll see more of him in the near future.

Listen to his latest, “El Campeón,” on Spotify.


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