Norka Luque’s Music is Full of Hope

It’s not often that Emilio Estefan Jr., Archie Pena, Luigi Giraldo, and Hermanos Gaitán, get excited when they hear an artist sing. But when that group heard Norka Luque sing for the first time, they knew she was going to be a star. The men were so impressed that Norka was signed to a record deal. Her single, Milagro, is a hit in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Milagro raced up the Latin Music Billboard Dance Charts like it was on fire. Milagro is a mixture of reggae, Caribbean vibes, and Mediterranean flair.

 

Norka’s musical career didn’t start with recording Milagro. She has been singing for more than 20 years. The road to meeting Estefan, Pena, and the other composers was an interesting, but a difficult one. Artists that make it to the top don’t arrive at that destination overnight. Norka started singing at age eight, in Venezuela. Her parents moved to Florida so she could study voice and piano while she attended middle and high school. The Luque’s encouraged their daughter to go to France to get a business degree. Norka did that. She earned a degree in business, fashion design, and the culinary arts. When she wasn’t studying, she was the lead singer in a funky group called, “Bad Moon Rising.” Norka’s voice kept the dance floor full in the dingy French clubs. But she didn’t make enough money to live, so she got a job in Monte Carlo’s financial district.

 

Ricky Martin had an impact on Norka’s career in 2007. She went to a Martin concert, and she knew she had to go home to Florida and sing again. When she got a job in Miami as a nightclub singer, things started to happen. Her name was mentioned in Latin music recording studios in Miami, and eventually, Estefan heard her name. It only took one recording session for Estefan to sign her to a record deal.

 

Suddenly, Norka Luque’s name was mentioned on Latin music radio stations. In 2011, she was nominated for the Latin music female vocalist of the year award. Her career was red hot, and her record was being played in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Her 2016 hit Tomorrowland is another crossover hit. Tomorrowland brings the message of hope to the people that need it. All of Norka’s music is positive and filled with hope. Norka spread love through her music.

Venezuelan Drought Conditions Dry Up Beer Supply

The continuing drought in Venezuela is forcing the nation’s biggest beer producer, Empresas Polar SA to shutter four of its distribution plants as reported by El Venezolano. Empresas Polar SA provides three-quarters of the beer purchased in Venezuela. A victim of the low reservoir levels at the nation’s hydro-electric power stations, the company is laying off 6500 employees, as a cost-cutting move. The plant cutbacks leave Venezuelan consumers with a seven-day beer inventory before supermarkets go empty.
Even though the population is faced with food and medicine shortages, as well as rolling blackouts for the next 40 days, a beer shortage is seen as a larger problem. David Osio, an economic expert commented, “This is bad that beer factories are paralyzed because they generate work. Scarcity hurts Venezuelans.”

As much as the drought has brought economic turmoil to the country, it has heightened tensions between the government and private sector. President Nicolás Maduro’s government and Empresas Polar SA are engaged in an economic and political tug of war. With Empresas Polar SA’s announcement of its plant closings, Maduro has threatened to seize its physical assets. President Nicolás Maduro issued a statement, citing the plant closings as a violation of the law and that “It’s a serious crime, very serious.”

With the Empresas Polar SA plant shutdowns, liquor stores, distributors, and shipping firms are starting to feel its effect. Venezuelan’s want their beer back.