Pandora (musical group)

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Pandora
Origin México
Genres Latin pop
Years active 1985-present
Labels EMI Music México (1985-2000)
Sony Music Entertainment México (2002-)
Website Official website
Members Fernanda Meade
Isabel Lascurain
Mayte Lascurain
Past members Liliana Abaroa (1989-1996)

Pandora are a female Mexican singing trio. The original line-up consisted of sisters Isabel Lascurain and Mayte Lascurain and their cousin Fernanda Meade.

Background[edit]

During their school years, the Lascurain sisters and some friends participated as a group in various music festivals, calling themselves "Las Jeans". Later, Fernanda Meade, a family friend, joined Isabel and Mayte to form a trio called "Trebol". Under this name they recorded an album for RCA Victor in 1981 entitled El Día Que Me Quieras (The Day That You Love Me).

From 1981 to 1984 the trio established itself doing backup vocals for artists such as Emmanuel and Pedro Vargas (who is the sisters' godfather), and backup vocals for the group Timbiriche. On November 29, 1984, the trio was given the opportunity to sign a record deal with EMI. The artistic director of EMI Capitol Mexico, Luis Moyano, christened the group "Pandora", the first female trio in Mexico in thirty years. In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman created on the earth.

Meade left the group in May 1989 to pursue a solo career, returning to the group in 1997; during this time, her place was taken by Liliana Aboroa.[1]

Fame and Legacy[edit]

Their signature song is a composition by singer-songwriter Hernaldo Zúñiga titled "¿Cómo te va mi amor?" (Eng.: "How is it going my love?") which was recently included on the VH1 countdown of the 100 Best Songs of the 80s in Spanish at number 16.

Pandora peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks in 1993 with their rendition of "Without You", titled "Desde el Día Que Te Fuiste", taken from their cover album Ilegal. The album received a nomination for Pop Album at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993 and Pandora won for Pop Group of the Year.[2] The following year, they appeared as guest artists on Plácido Domingo's Grammy-nominated[3] album, De Mi Alma Latina.[4]

Pandora's music can be classified as Latin Pop, though some of their later albums feature much more traditional Mexican composition. Pandora borrows heavily from other performers and songwriters. The trio has covered many songs of Juan Gabriel, Manuel Alejandro, and Hernaldo Zúñiga. These covers make up a large part of their performance repertoire.

After issuing Pandora Otra Vez in 1986, Fernanda Meade, Isabel Lascurian, and Mayte Lascurian had the opportunity to perform live in the U.S. while participating in a tribute to Plácido Domingo at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater, moving to Europe to make Huellas a year later.[5] While touring America to promote Hace Tres Noches Apenas, a traditional Mexican music album, Pandora's live performance at Mexico City's Metropolitan Theater was recorded on May 8, 1998, released as Pandora 1985/1998.[5]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut, the three original members of Pandora reunited in 2010 to release a new album, Pandora.. de plata, which consisted of covers, duets, and re-recordings of their old hits.

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 "Cómo Te Va Mi Amor" Latin Pop Performance[6] Nominated
1992 ...Con Amor Eterno Latin Pop Album, Vocal or Instrumental[7] Nominated

Lo Nuestro Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1990 Pandora Pop Duo or Group Nominated
1991 Pandora Pop Duo or Group Nominated
1992 Con Amor Eterno Pop Album of the Year Won
Pandora Pop Duo or Group Won
1993 Ilegal Pop Album of the Year Nominated
Pandora Pop Duo or Group Won
1994 Pandora Pop Duo or Group Nominated
1998 Pandora Pop Duo or Group Nominated

Discography[edit]

Year Album Title
1985 Pandora
1986 Otra Vez
1987 Huellas
1988 Buenaventura
1989 999 Razones
1991 Con Amor Eterno
1992 Ilegal
1993 Con Amor Eterno Vol. II
1995 Confesiones
1997 Hace Tres Noches Apenas
1998 Pandora (1985/1998)
1999 Vuelve A Estar Conmigo
2002 En Carne Viva
2004 Por Eso...Gracias
2006 En Acústico
2010 De Plata
2011 XXV años en vivo
2013 En el Camino
2014 En el Camino Edición Especial
2015 Pandora 30
2016 Navidad con Pandora
2017 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grupo-pandora.com
  2. ^ Lannert, John (March 30, 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 105 (10): 10. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lannert, John (January 21, 1995). "Latin Notas". Billboard: 36. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "De mi alma latina". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Pandora". Allmusic. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hunt, Dennis (January 9, 1987). "Grammy Nominations: Highs and Lows: Winwood, Gabriel and Simon Garner Most Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. January 9, 1992. p. 3. Retrieved July 24, 2014.