Latin crooner Julio Iglesias has canceled his appearance at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest. Colombian singer and actor Carlos Vives will replace him at the Fair Grounds on the festival’s first Sunday, April 24.
No reason was given for Iglesias’ departure from the roster. According to his website, he still plans to perform in Argentina on April 20 and in Miami on April 29.
As he was the major Latin artist on the 2016 roster, it’s not surprising that festival organizers booked another major Latin star to take his place.
Vives first appeared in 2003 at what is formally known as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
He has reportedly sold more than 30 million records worldwide and ranks among the most successful pop artists ever to emerge from Colombia. He has starred in numerous TV series and movies in Colombia and throughout Latin America.
Vives found success with a pop hybrid of Vallenato, a folk music from Colombia’s Caribbean coast region that prominently features accordion. He won a Grammy Award for best tropical Latin album in 2015.
If such a significant change in the Jazz Fest roster had to occur, organizers were fortunate to have it resolved this week. On Tuesday, they’ll release the “cubes,” the full schedule of stage assignments and performance times.
Vives’ name will be on that schedule; Iglesias’ name won’t.