Friday, September 28, 2007

Carlos Peña

V rang me very early this morning with the news that her brother had just called her and chanted "Carlos Peña, Carlos Peña, Carlos Peñaaaaa". The nineteen-year old Guatemalan had just won Latin American Idol...and we'll probably never hear the end of it.

A few days before I left the country the evening news anchors were telling Guatemalans that it was their solemn national duty to vote for him in the semi-final. This was a few days after he had come home to visit some of his old haunts in the capital over the Independence Day weekend, thereby denying the concert given by Los Héroes del Silencio any real publicity.

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