Photo: Jenni Rivera
The family of late singer Jenni Rivera is marking what would have been her 45th birthday with the release of a second disc documenting the Diva de la Banda’s final concert.
“I gave myself the job of promoting my sister’s new production, on which I worked hundreds of hours,” Juan Rivera said in an interview with Efe coinciding with Tuesday’s release of “1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey Parte 2.”
Accompanied by a DVD, the disc includes additional songs from the Dec. 9, 2012, performance in the northern Mexican city.
Rivera, who was born July 2, 1969, died in a plane crash a few hours after the concert.
“It was not a recording my sister planned. To tell the truth, it was accidentally recorded by one of the (sound) engineers,” Juan Rivera said.
When the engineer informed the family he had recorded the show, Juan listened to the recording and polled the singer’s children and other family members to determine whether the recording was “a treasure to be guarded or shared,” he recounted.
“The whole family decided that Jenny would have wanted to share it,” Juan Rivera said.
Part Three of the Monterrey concert is tentatively set for release next year, he said.
The family is also at work on a screenplay for a film about the star’s life and has already talked to several directors.
“Jenni had planned to make her own movie and she left us lots of ideas,” Juan Rivera told Efe. “But after what happened, the story is a little different.”