Joined by friends like Gustavo Santaoalla, Mala Rodríguez and Natalia Lafourcade, the singer recorded the acoustic show in Mexico City

By Carole Joseph
March 07, 2008 11:00 AM
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After a week of exhausting rehearsals, on March 6th Julieta Venegas became the first artist to record an MTV Unplugged in Mexico City. Before a crowd of nearly 600 people, Venegas sang 12 of her many hits, including “Limón y sal” and “Me voy,” adding unique touches like a xylophone, tuba and clarinet, sounds that astounded the captivated audience.

The first cut of the show is called “El presente”, and you can listen to it here first! The show will be broadcasted on MTV on June 5th, and the album will be edited by SONY-BMG at the end of the same month.

Click here to enjoy Julieta unplugged!

El presente

“Recreating the songs was a challenge,” the singer from Tijuana expressed with pride. “Bringing together all of my albums was an important step, one that will make me change my perception as a singer.”

The two-time GRAMMY nominee performed duets with renowned artists like Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla; Brazilian singer Marisa Monte, with whom Venegas sang in Spanish and Portuguese; Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez; and Juan Carlos Son, vocalist for the group Porter.

Mexican musician Natalia Lafourcade accompanied the “Mis pasos” singer throughout the show by playing a variety of instruments. “It was a dream come true for me that all of these people were singing with me,” said Venegas, whose performance featured three never-before-heard songs