Ms. Martinez and Her Successful Music Career

Norka Martinez Luque is the new pop star in the Latin music community. This sensational singer began singing at quite a young age (8 years). During her time in high school, she took part in singing competitions such as the “Festival of Gaitas” and “The “Golden Voice.” Her love for music was so profound that she even slept while listening to music. From her profile, we find that she slept while listening to songs from some of the celebrated Latin musicians.

Norka as a student

When Luque graduated from high school, she relocated to France to study business administration. She also got the opportunity to learn French, a language she longed to master. While in school, Martinez did not sideline her ambition of becoming a professional singer.

Norka created time to perform in the nightclubs in the country. She also joined a rock band known as Bad Moon Rising. This band performed alternative tunes in clubs and during local events. She learned quite a lot and also got to meet professionals in the European music industry thanks to the band.

After performing with the band for several years, Norka Martinez Luque part ways with the band to launch her own career. She felt that she did not explore her full potential while with the band. This was when she moved to the United States to pursue music professionally.

Music and awards

Martinez settled in Miami soon after she arrived in the United States. She knew that it was easy being noticed in this city more than any other city in the US. Miami is a home to many Latin American musicians and producers. Emilio Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Archie Pena, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias are good examples.

Norka kick-started her career as a dancer; she danced in nightclubs along the Miami region before becoming a singer. Her life changed when she met Emilio Estefan (a Grammy Award winning prouder). Mr. Estefan signed her to his record label and showed her all that she needed to know about the music industry.

In 2011, she released her first professional album dubbed “Miracle.” The album was a success; it sold several copies in the United States, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. In the same year, she got a nomination for the Female Pop Artist of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards. In 2012, Ms. Martinez was featured on the cover of Latin Show Magazine.

Understanding America One Bus Stop at a Time

Doug Levitt was recently interviewed by Diane Rehm on Public Radio. Levitt, once a correspondent based in London, decided to chronicle his adventures traveling across America aboard Greyhound buses. Buses are almost forgotten as a means to travel; even trains are looked down on by the ever expanding jet-set. His collection of stories aptly named the Greyhound Diaries examines common life in America; the life forgotten by many whose ideas of happiness are centered on having money and power. All in the Family has been replaced by The Kardashians.

There was a social revolution during the 1960’s when hippies and others combating staid, conservative society boldly formed a new culture in which people returned to nature and the simple life.

Levitt also sings, plays guitar and writes songs. His approach is similar to that of Johnny Cash and his music about the hard life in America. Woody Guthrie wrote music and sang about the common man in America. Folk singers and their songs more fully represent the culture of America than popular music.

Once, after finishing a week hiking the Appalachian trail, I left the trail for the highway and felt that cars were streaking by, traveling too fast, the birds flying near the highway hardly had time to escape being struck.  Another time flying from New York to Miami; looking out the window at the beauty of the Florida coast and the adjacent Intercoastal Waterway, I was reminded of a time I sailed that same channel moving only a little faster than walking speed. I thought I might recognize some of the areas because of my earlier, slower voyage, and I could; there miles below me was the Matanzas Inlet near St. Augustine where I took my eyes off the channel markers watching a sandy beach, strayed and bumped on a sand bar.

Doug Levitt’s efforts; his writings, and songs, should be read and heard by all of us.
Listen to the recording here: https://soundcloud.com/doug-levitt

Additional Links:

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/finding-america-repeatedly-bus-singer-songwriter-doug-levitt-offers-greyhound-diaries

http://www.msnbc.com/the-dylan-ratigan-show/watch/travelling-author-writes-about-struggling-americans-43891779817