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 Anais
Anais

Anaís (born Anaís Martínez on June 22 1984 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a singer and winner of Objetivo Fama’s second season, a Puerto Rican reality-show.

 
 Angel Viloria y su Conjunto Típico Cibaeño - Merengue
Angelo Viloria y su Conjunto Típico Cibaeño - Merengue

"Angel Viloria y su Conjunto Típico Cibaeño" were a band that played Merengue in the United States Latin community in 1950. It was the first band to enjoy great success in marketing the Merengue outside the Dominican Republic. The band leader was Angel Viloria on accordion, Ramon E. García to the alto saxophone, Luis Quintero and Tambora Dioris Valladares on vocals. Between 1950 and 1952 have collected a number of successes. In 1953, the band split and each member went on his solo career but did not collect the same success.

 
 Aventura - Bachata
Aventura - Bachata

The components are 4 boys Dominicans boys living in New York. The group was originally called "Los Teenagers", lived in the Bronx but recorded their first MUSICl works in the city of Boston. You can certainly say that the "Aventura" have broken the rules in every way: they are the first "Bachata-boy band," the first band to fuse the essence of Bachata with R & B, hip hop and other styles of modern American music, the first band to perform in English, Spanish and "Spanglish." Because the Santos boys are still young, it seems incredible that they struggled for eight years before exploding on the scene in the summer of 2002. Their greatest international success was Obsesión, Their unique style has been embraced by the youth of New York most in the sense of “Rock & roll” that in the Latin American tradition, more melodic and gentle. What is certain is that the face of Bachata will no longer be the same and the "Aventura fever" has spread as a fire around the world. The group members are: Anthony Santos (lead singer and composer), Leny Santos (MUSICl producer and guitarist), Max Santos (bassist and rapper) and Henry Santos Jeter (singer and composer). Judy Santos, which is not relative, was a special collaborator.

 
 Charytín Goyco
Charytín Goyco

Charytín Goyco (born 23 May 1949 ) better known in the show business plainly as Charytín, is a singer, television presenter and actress from the Dominican Republic.

 
 Frank Reyes – Bachata

Frank Reyes – Bachata

Frank Reyes, stage name of Francisco Reyes López (Tenares, December 31, 1969) is a Dominican singer famous throughout Latin America, one of the leading exponents of modern Bachata, well-known in the Dominican Republic as "El Príncipe de la Bachata".

 
 Hector Acosta – Bachata/Merengue

Hector Acosta – Bachata/Merengue

Hector Acosta (1965) was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic. In 1982 Novel Radio sponsored a song contest and the young Acosta secretly participated against the wishes of his father and won the first prize showing the talent and the determination needed to become a singer. In 1989, the popular "Rosario Brothers" went to perform at Bonao and Acosta was able to get an audition for Gerardo Diaz. Diaz was so impressed by the sound of the voice of Acosta and his ability to improvise that immediately founded a new band with Acosta as a singer. Diaz was known as 'El Toro' and the name of the group was” Los Toros”, Acosta soon acquired the nickname 'El Torito'. With Diaz as a manager and promoter, the “Los Toros” band released their first album " Se Soltaron Los Toros" in 1991. The band consisted of a quartet of singers: Acosta, Olvis Garcia, Luis Jose Alcequies e Robin Joel Vasquez. The release of the album "Raices" brought them at the height of fame making them win five Casandra awards (Casandra Awards are the most prestigious in the Dominican Republic voted by the Association of Journalists of the Arts). The band has also started playing Bachata. Their fame spread outside the Dominican Republic so that the band was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002. Hector Acosta remained with the band Los Toros for 15 years, In 2006 he left the group to form his own orchestra.

 
 Kat DeLuna
Kat DeLuna

Kathleen Emperatriz "Kat" DeLuna (1987) is an American pop singer of Dominican heritage. DeLuna has a soprano vocal range. Her debut single, "Whine Up", reached the top ten in Belgium and France, peaked inside the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Her debut album, 9 Lives, was released in 2007. It peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 and charted within the top twenty of Belgium and Poland. In 2008, DeLuna released her second studio album, Inside Out.. In 2007 DeLuna won "Best New Artist" at the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007 awards. In 2008, she won "Best New Artist" and "Best Urban Artist" at the TMF Awards. DeLuna's single, "Whine Up", won the award for "Latin Dance Club Play Track Of The Year" at the 2008 Latin Billboard Music Awards. She also won a Casandra Award in 2008 for "Best International Artist". She is a bilingual singer: English and Spanish

 
 Jackeline Estévez
Jackeline Estévez

Jackeline Rodríguez Estévez (born February 7, 1964 in San Francisco de Macoris) is a Dominican singer winner of the 1998 Premios Casandra for "Merengue del año with the song "Me Muero por ti" duetting with Fernando Villalona and also as "Best Artist of the Year"; the song was a great international success.

 
 Johnny Pacheco – Salsa
Johnny Pacheco – Salsa

Johnny Pacheco (Santiago de los Caballeros, March 25, 1935) moved to New York in the late 40s where he learned to play the Sax, the percussion and the flute. In September 1959 he left the “Flutes and String Orchestra” by Charlie Palmieri and formed his own band that mixed African rhythms, Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican and Latin in a new genre that would be called “Salsa”. In 1960 he founded the orchestra “Pacheco y su Charang”, who introduced a new dance called “Pachanga” released by Alegre Records in 1961, Pacheco changed the sound of music all around Latin America and brought the era of "Pachanga" (a very active dance ) who disappeared in 1964. Pacheco and attorney Gerald "Jerry" Masucci, founded the Fania Records in 1964 and his first album, LP # 325 (Pacheco's birthday), gave the initial impulse of the unborn “Salsa” era in the city of New York. He has written over 150 songs.

 
 Johnny Ventura - Merengue
Johnny Ventura - Merengue

Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, was born in the city of Santo Domingo (1940). Known as "El Caballo Negro" has always been an artist known for the humor, which can be easily understood in its interpretations. He managed to record 103 albums. Johnny has recorded duets with Celia Cruz, Willie Chirino, Basil, El Cieguito de Nagua, Millie Quezada, Rolando Laserie, María Díaz, Andy Montañez, Armando Manzanero, Daniela Romo, El Grupo Niche, Wilfrido Vargas and Víctor Víctor among others. Its excellent artistic career earned him a "Latin American Grammy" for one of his latest albums " Sin Desperdicio ".

 
 José Alberto “El Canario” – Salsa
José Alberto “El Canario” – Salsa

José Alberto Justiniano was born December 22 1958 in Santo Domingo. He moved to Puerto Rico with his family at age 7, inspired by Latin music began his career as a singer in “Las Antillas Military Academy”. He moved to New York in early 1970 and sang with several orchestras. In October 1977 he received international attention as a conductor of the "Typical 73". José Alberto founded his band in 1983 and became a Latin star after the release of "Noches Calientes" in 1984. With his 1991 album "With Me" has invented a new style of Salsa called “Salsa romantica”. He sang hit songs as "Sueño Contigo" His voice was adored by fans and had exceptional ability to improvise whistling (as if playing a flute), which earned him the nickname” El Canario”. El Canario has been successful in the U.S. and Europe, but especially in Latin America and in his native Dominican Republic. Will celebrate his 35-year career with a concert to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 20, 2012 where he will play with a lot of friends-musicians who accepted his invitation: Domingo Quiñones, Cheo Feliciano, Tommy Villarini with his “Villarini Salsa Project”. It 'was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category "Best Salsa Album" for his latest production "Original" which was launched in 2010.

 
 Joseito Mateo - Merengue
 Joseito Mateo - Merengue

José Tamares Mateo, conosciuto come Joseito Mateo (San Isidro, 6 aprile 1920), è un cantante e compositore Dominicano nominato dal Senato e dal Congresso della Dominican Republic El Rey del Merengue. Ottenne i primi successi negli anni 50 con il brano El Negrito del Batey; divenne poi il cantante di punta di 2 big band del periodo (El Gran Combo e La Sonora Matancera). La sua fama crebbe col tempo tanto da essere considerato tra i più importanti artisti Latini ed ebbe l'onore assieme a Alberto Beltrán e Primitivo Santos ad essere il primo Dominicano a suonare al Madison Square Garden di New York nel 1967.

 
 Juan Francisco Ordóñez - Bachata
Juan Francisco Ordóñez - Bachata

Juan Francisco Ordonez (Santo Domingo, October 4th, 1961) is a guitarist and composer considered one of Dominican's leading innovators in the Bachata guitar through a merger with the blues, rock and jazz. He studied guitar and music with Prof. Blas Carrasco at the Dominican Conservatoire National. In 1976 he began his MUSICl career with the folk group "Convite". In the early 80's, age 20, he formed the band "Transporte Urbano" with Luis Días of which he was guitarist for over 25 years. He has made numerous collaborations with Luis Días and Patricia Pereira, the most famous singer of Dominican jazz. In 1985 formed his own band "SFO"; in 1986 this group was invited to Peru with the Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre at the first edition of "Festival de la Nueva Canción Latinoamericana". In the nineties Formed "Trilogy," a "Fusion" trio of Caribbean music, blues and jazz with Hector Santana and percussionist Chichi Peralta.

 
 Juan Luis Guerra - Merengue
Juan Luis Guerra - Merengue

Juan Luis Guerra (Santo Domingo, 7 gennaio 1957) è considerato dai suoi conterranei Dominicani un poeta e un musicista molto vicino alla gente, certamente tra i principali rappresentanti della MUSIC dei Caraibi. Grazie alle buone condizioni economiche della famiglia ha potuto effettuare ottimi studi nel prestigioso Barklee College of Music di Boston, scuola che aveva formato intere generazioni di jazzisti di talento. Si è inventato uno stile molto personale da lui chiamato mamborengue, forma assai moderna e jazzata di Merengue vincendo anche alcuni Grammy Award nella sezione MUSIC Latina. E’ stato uno dei principali protagonisti della rivitalizzazione della MUSIC tropicale negli anni ‘80 ed ha contribuito in modo determinante a far conoscere in tutto il mondo la MUSIC e il ballo del suo paese natale: il Merengue.

 
 Los Hermanos Rosario
Los Hermanos Rosario

The components are all brothers, the band was formed in Higuey in May of 1978. The first international tour was made in the United States in 1983. Pepe Rosario, one of the brothers, MUSICl director and pianist of the group had been murdered shortly before and this situation forced them to stop activity for a long time. After recovering from this event, the Rosario brothers formed their own orchestra again, and since their first LP which included songs such as "Las Locas", "Maria Guayando", "I come Acabando", "Boniface", have achieved great success. In 1991 the group released "insuperable", an album produced by Rafa de Rosario, which contained the song "Mil Horas" which was included in the soundtrack of the movie "High Heels" by Pedro Almodovar.

 
 Milagros del Rosario Quezada Borbón - Merengue
Milagros del Rosario Quezada Borbón - Merengue

Known as the "Queen of Merengue". Milagros Quezada Borbón del Rosario was born in Santo Domingo in 1952, then moved to the U.S. where alternatives studies to MUSICl activities in New York. Her first band was called "Milly & the neighbors"; guided by his brother Rafael Quezada and her husband Rafael Vásquez, the group recorded for two decades with several recording companies growing in popularity both in the Dominican Republic and abroad; the Orchestra traveled to the United States, South America and Europe as precursors of a unique style that had as interpreters two women, while Merengue music until that time was dominated by male singers. with a career spanning 25 years and 26 albums, Milly Quezada is considered an icon of Caribbean music. With the cd "Pienso así" received a Grammy nomination; her work has given a great impetus to the spread of the Merengue, one of the most representative Caribbean rhythm.

 
 Monchy y Alexandra – Bachata

Monchy y Alexandra – Bachata

Ramon E. Rijo was born in 1977 and Alexandra Cabrera in 1978,both in Santo Domingo. Still very young are found to have already sold over half a million records and has received several awards and international character, such as Casandra, first bachateros to perform at Madison Square Garden, and was nominated for a Latin Grammy. A hit above all: "Hoja en Blanco”. Alexandra was one of many participating in a competition to complement Monchy who sought a female voice. In October 2004 the duo presents "Hasta el fin". The CD remains for several weeks at the top of the charts in the Latin-American and also the single "Perdidos", taken from the CD, got a tremendous success. To date, "Hasta el fin" has sold over two hundred thousand copies in the United States and Puerto Rico, perhaps the best bachata album ever released. Bachata Music, among the Caribbean sounds, is currently the most played and sold in the world, more than Reggae and Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton.

 
 Raulín Rosendo – Salsa
Raulín Rosendo  – Salsa

Dominican “Sonero” who moved to New York and star of Salsa, Raulin Rosendo was born in Santo Domingo on August 30, 1957. Influenced by the rhythms of Afro-Antillan music during his childhood, began his career at the age of 12 years as a member of a group of Merengue "El chivo & His Band" which later included Fernandito Villalona and Los Vecinos. Known as "El sonero enfadado," Rosendo debuted as a soloist with "Salsa, Salsa only" in 1991. In 1993, with producer Ricky González, recorded in New York "Amor en secreto" and "Santo Domingo". The triumph of the albums that followed, including, "¡Lo Maximo!", "Dominican para el mundo" in 1996, ¡contralateral "of 1997, and" Llego the ley "of 1998, led him among the greatest musicians of modern Salsa

 
 Robmariel Olea
Robmariel Olea

Dominican actress, singer and TV Host who has been involved in films, MUSICl theatre, and television.

 
 Rubby Perez – Merengue/Salsa
Rubby Perez – Merengue/Salsa

Roberto Antonio Perez Herrera (also known as Rubby Perez), born in Haina, Dominican Republic, is a singer of Salsa and Merengue. He was the frontman of 'Wilfrido Vargas orchestra” and since the late '80s went solo. He has won several Dominican "Casandra" awards for the "Orchestra of the Year" and "Merengue of año". "Particularly popular in Venezuela, where he won the platinum record in 1988 with his first solo album. He sang with the following orchestras: : Coro de la Sociedad de Orientación Juvenil de Haina del Ateneo Dominicano, Los pitagoras del ritmo, Los juveniles de Bani, Los Hijos del Rey y la Orquestra de Wilfrido Vargas.

 
 Wilfrido Vargas - Merengue
Wilfrido Vargas - Merengue

Wilfrido Vargas (1949) is one of the most influential Merengue artists in history. A pioneer who revolutionized the sounds of this vibrant Latin music and exported around the world in the eighties. Wilfrido Vargas was born in Altamira, a small town located in the Dominican province of Puerto Plata. Both his parents were musicians, and since childhood had a passion for the guitar, flute and accordion. During the early 1970's, Wilfrido Vargas moved to Santo Domingo to pursue his MUSICl dreams. In 1972, he formed his first Merengue band called "Wilfrido Vargas y sus Beduinos". A couple of years later he created a new band with the name of "Wilfrido Vargas y Orquesta". It was the absolute king of Merengue and holds that title for the way in which he revolutionized this rhythm, quickening and adding elements from other tropical genres such as Cumbia, Reggae and urban sounds. Among his most famous songs "Abusadora", "El Jardinero ", " Comejen "and " El African ".

 
 
 

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