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Latin star Rubio marks Cinco de Mayo at Jazz Fest

May 6, 2012 • Entertainment


Paulina Rubio performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As fans chanted her name Saturday in anticipation of her New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival debut, Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio strutted on stage wielding an electric guitar and sporting tight black shorts, tall black boots and red sunglasses.

“There are a lot of Latin American singers, but not many of this caliber are from Mexico,” said Nancy Alonzo, a Mexican-born fan who moved to New Orleans five years ago. “It means a lot to us that she’s here.”

The massive crowd erupted as Rubio hit the stage and began to perform hit after hit in her native Spanish tongue. Some in the crowd wore sombreros and shook maracas. Many danced, gyrated and took pictures as Rubio sang various songs, the lyrics of which roughly translate to: “Give me another tequila,” ”I will do it for you,” and “I want you more each time.”

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