Award-winning Puerto Rican pop star Olga Tañon, Nicaraguan salsa star Luis Enrique and the Dominican merengue group Los Toros Band are some of the artists that will take part in a concert on behalf of the Nicaragua Telethon, organizers said.
The 45-year-old Tañon has won two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammys, 28 Premios Lo Nuestro awards, honors from Billboard and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, along with countless other prizes in the course of her career.
Also before the telethon cameras will be Cuban singer-songwriter Amaury Gutiérrez and Peruvian singer and composer Gian Marco, said the spokeswoman for the Nicaragua Telethon Foundation, Jenny Muñoz Cortedano.
She said that the artists will perform their greatest hits Friday at the Managua convention center in a concert in support of this beneficent work.
The goal of the telethon, a one-day broadcast for the benefit of disabled Nicaraguans, is to raise 20 million cordobas ($858,000), Muñoz said.
The funds will go to equip regional rehabilitation and early education centers in different municipalities around Nicaragua and to projects aiding disabled children, the organizers said.
Donations can be made in cash, deposited in savings accounts in banks by sending text messages via mobile phones, or by making deposits in rustic urns located in different commercial bank branches, or they can be collected by students, the Nicaragua Telethon Foundation said.
Also performing in the show will be dozens of singers and local groups like the trova singers Carlos and Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy, singer-songwriter Ramón Mejía, known as Perrozompopo, and Katia Cardenal, among others.
Also on hand will be the Nicaraguan poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal and local poets Blanca Castellón and Eunice Chávez reading their poems, according to the organizers.
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