Popular Celebrates 125 Years of Music in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Puerto Rico has a deep musical heritage and a tradition of adopting
musical genres that come from various countries. Leveraging this
heritage and embracing its own 125th anniversary, Popular has
produced “More than a Century”, its new musical special.

This musical production shares moments that reflect the different times
where Puerto Ricans have experienced both the ups and downs as the
country developed and through it all – it has always been unified by

“More than a Century” was filmed by Cinetrix and PVC led the music
production. The direction was in the hands of Ari Maniel Cruz, who also
worked the script with Ray Figueroa. Carlos M. Aponte was the lead
editor and the renowned cinematographer Chago Benet headed the
cinematography of this new piece. The production was helmed by Euskady
Burgos and Carmen Díaz, Hugo Viera was tasked to ensure historical

The musical direction was led by renowned musician Luis Amed Irizarry,
who, along with the producers, José David Pérez, Antonio Caraballo,
Josué Deprat and Diego Centeno, contributed to each of the musical
genres. Adiela Marie was the musical production’s manager and Helvia
Irizarry was the production coordinator.

The production also counted on the talented writing of journalist Ana
Teresa Toro who created the dialogues.

“The music special spans 26 years of tradition that, in addition to
leaving a legacy and bringing joy to our homes, has a philanthropic
purpose. Through the Banco Popular Foundation, we allocate part of the
funds raised from sales to organizations and schools with musical
programs. This year we are very proud to have a professional team who
takes us through the past 125 years,” said Ignacio Alvarez, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Popular.

The new music production features renowned voices such as Prince Royce,
Bad Bunny, Jeimy Osorio, Pedro Capó, Obie Bermúdez, Charlie Aponte,
Choco Orta, Chamir Bonano, Hermes Croatto, Antonio Cabán Vale, Raquel
Sofía, and Andrea Cruz, as well as new talented musicians such as Gyan
Marckus, Deborah Matos, Pedro Claudio and Andra Lorenza.

The music special also counts on the participation of actors: Modesto
Lacén, Cordelia González, Luz Maria Rondón, Braulio Castillo, Juan Pablo
Díaz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eyra Agüero, Marian Pabón, Luis Gonzaga, and
Jacobo Morales as narrators.

“We are very proud to have so many talented artists in this music
special. We are a country rich in culture and the musical specials that
we present year after year showcases it. For Popular, it is important to
continue these projects that, in addition to sharing our musical culture
with others, it also becomes a collaborative platform for hundreds of
local and international artists,” said Eduardo Negrón, Executive Vice
President of the Administration Group of Popular.

Some of the songs included in the “More than a Century” CD are: De
Bandazo, Felices Días, Vengo del Olivo, La Despedida, La Ultima copa, Un
Lugar para los Dos, Agúzate, Visa para un Sueño, Espíritu Libre, Desde
el Corazón, Hijos del Cañaveral, and Wepa, Wepa, Wepa.

The music special will air on Puerto Rico’s main channels and via www.masdeunsiglo.com
(for 24 hours) on December 2 at 8:00 p.m. Banco Popular branches, record
stores, Amazon and iTunes will have the music available for purchase on
Monday, December 3.

To learn more details about the musical special, visit www.másdeunsiglo.com
or to obtain images of the artists in this year’s production visit https://newsroom.popular.com/multimedia/photos-page.


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