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[La Bodega] Latin Canadian MC DIVO & ATWELL Release New Album

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Latino-Canadian rapper Divo has teamed up with producer Atwell to release “Generation Next,” a follow album up to Divo’s previous award-winning project with French producer, GMJ, “Transatlantic Soul.” Divo’s versatility as an artist and Atwell’s dynamic production is showcased in this  two disc EP, available June 30, 2020, which features six original songs along with corresponding instrumentals. The eclectic sounds vary on each track from digitally infused trap, saxophone sampled hip-hop to the reggaeton inspired single “Showdown.” Divo effortlessly raps in both English and Spanish throughout the album, paying homage to his Guatemalan roots and deep appreciation of different genres.

The single “Loyalty” landed on Spotify’s Rap Skills playlist as part of Atwell’s “Above the Clouds” album and the music video for “El Rey” is out now. The album’s artwork, designed by Divo himself, features photos of both artists as toddlers writing verses and making beats, a nod to how far they have come and a glimpse into the creative savvy they possessed from day one.

CLICK HERE to listen to “Generation Next” on all music platforms.

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Walter Mercado, Astrologer for Millions of Latinos, Dies At 87

Walter Mercado, the astrologer who endeared himself to millions of Hispanic television viewers for more than three decades, died Saturday in Puerto Rico.

Sofía Luquis, a spokeswoman for the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, confirmed Mercado’s death with The Associated Press and said he died from kidney failure.

Mercado was well-known across Latin America and in the United States for his horoscope readings and predictions.

His career began by chance when he was asked to fill in for a Telemundo program in 1969.

Prior to becoming an iconic psychic, Mercado worked as an actor and dancer.

Mercado’s reading of the horoscope was a hit and in 1970 he began his regular broadcast segment reading horoscopes and offering predictions for Telemundo Puerto Rico.

The way in which Mercado delivered his predictions was just as beloved by his fans as the messages themselves. Mercado was a fan of grand colorful robes and outfits accented with gems and brooches that dazzled.

With his trilled “r’s” and dramatic readings, Mercado made an art form out of his work.

Speaking about his style with The Miami Herald, Mercado once said, “I have always liked to speak to people very directly. I have used astrology to send positive messages: ‘You can do it, even if you fall, get back up again.'”

His broadcasts reached an estimated 120 million Latino viewers daily for more than three decades.

Mercado’s flamboyant character stood out to much of what was being broadcasted across Latin America television at that time.

At the end of his program, Mercado would sign off by saying “Pero sobre todo, mucho, mucho, mucho amor,” or “Above all, much, much, much love.”

 

 

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