In Spanish, the word "homenaje" means "homage" or "tribute." When salsa/Latin jazz giant Tito Puente recorded an album titled Homenaje a Beny Moré in 1978, he was paying homage to one of the top Afro-Cuban bandleaders of the '40s and '50s -- he was saluting Beny Moré's accomplishments. Similarly, Mexican-American banda/corrido vocalist Jenni Rivera pays homage to some of the major Mexican singers -- specifically, female singers -- on Homenaje a las Grandes. The title Homenaje a las Grandes means "homage to the great ones," and Rivera salutes a variety of singers who have had a major impact on Mexican music -- including Mercedes Castro on "Ahora Vengo a Verte," Lucha Villa and Rocio Dúrcal on "Juro Que Nunca Volvere," and the late Lola Beltrán on a medley of "Por un Amor" and "Cucurrucucu Paloma." And Rivera, much to her credit, is smart enough to salute these "estrellas mexicanas" (Mexican female stars) on her own terms; she makes certain that her own vibrant personality shines through instead of actually emulating any of them. Rivera also salutes someone who most definitely isn't Mexican -- Diana Ross -- on an unlikely remake of the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," which is the CD's only English-language track and lends itself surprisingly well to a banda/corrido makeover. You wouldn't expect to find a Ross/Supremes classic on what is primarily a tribute to Mexican singers, but then, classic soul has been tremendously popular among Mexican-Americans over the years -- and Ross has certainly sold a ton of albums in Chicano neighborhoods. So when you think about it, the inclusion of "Where Did Our Love Go" makes perfect sense for Rivera, whose Homenaje a las Grandes deserves to go down in history as one of the most thoughtful, well-organized Mexican releases of 2003.
Performance CreditsJenni Rivera Primary Artist
Pedro Iniguez Mezcla
Jose Angel Cabrera Mezcla
Technical CreditsPedro Rivera Executive Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Pedro Iniguez Arranger,Engineer,Musical Producer,Artistic Director
Adriana Rebold Art Direction
Jose Angel Cabrera Engineer
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One of her older albums, when her music career was starting to expand. Amazing album buy it. Its really good! Thanks for sharing your life with us Diva!