One of the most famous Dominican Salseros. To hear his music and read more about him please check out his website.
Cuco Valoy “El Brujo” (born 1937) is one of the music legends of Dominican Republic. He studied music in el Conservatorio Nacional de Música de la República Dominicana where he studied music theory. His father, a carpenter, worked hard to get the entire family a musical education because he wanted to make the family business a musical one.
Cuco formed his first band, Los Ahijados (The Godsons), with his brother Martín Valoy. Cuco was the main vocalist and guitarist. Their orchestra was the first of its kind in Dominican Republic. In 1975 Cuco split from this band to form another called Los Virtuosos. Along with Ramón Orlando, this orchestra became very well known as they played all types of Latin music. As time went by they became known as La Tribu (The Tribe) because of some friendly joke about their skin color. The band played with many well known singers. Veloy has become a Hispanic legend and an ambassador of the afro-Latin music. He gained the affection and respect of his colleagues because of his creativeness and original musical expressions. His musical talents include the ability to play guitar and piano. He is also a great percussionist and can play the tambora along with a fine vocals. Veloy is a well rounded musician and artist.
Raulin Rosendo, born in Santo Domingo August 30, 1957. He started his musical career as a member of the merengue group El Chivo y Su Banda when he was 12 years old. His first solo Salsa recording was in 1991 and he has continued recording Salsa music since that time.
Celia Cruz is not Dominican but I love her and just had to include her video Music performing "La Negra Tiene Tumbao".
Te Quiero music video with Cuco Valoy and Henry García
Dominican Republic is not really known for Salsa or Son styles of music yet they they excel in the music's creation. The music and rhythm are second nature to the Dominican. It does not matter what type of music it is. Dominicans have music in their souls.The souls in their being and the soles of their feet!
Read on to learn about our talented musicians in these not so common styles to the island.
Henry García ,from Dominican Republic, sang much with Cuco Valoy but never received much acknowledgement for his magnificent vocal abilities. I did find a CD named Clavelitos y Azucenas Henry García made in December 1999.
Fernando Echavarria, a native of Dominican Republic, along with his band, La Familia Andre, is a respected singer and composer. To hear his singing and learn more about Fernando check his web site.
Sex Appeal - This Dominican salsa group has a style with a more funky modern turn.
Johnny Pacheco Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Check out his web site for more information.
Learn to Salsa Dance Series Each DVD has more than 1 1/2 hours of the highest quality salsa dance instruction. This DVD collection is suitable for everyone, at any age, with anywhere from 1-3 left feet. They claim that after this in depth, step-by-step approach instruction, you will grasp the essentials of salsa be dancing in no time!
*Cuco Valoy is now trying his hand at Reggaeton along with his son.
Grupo Maniel was formed in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1989 by founding member César Namnúm.
The band plays many types and styles of Hispanic and Caribbean music including Son, Merengue, Bolero, Danzón, Guaracha, Latino Jazz, Salsa, Rumba among the many. The group has 12 very talented members These musicians play a variety of instruments including Congas, Bongos, Timbal, Tambora, Güira, Güiro, Claves, Maracas, y Bajo. They have Piano, Guitars, Trumpets, Saxophones and Flute. Included are 3 main singers and a chorus. All this talent and instruments come together to make some beautiful, enjoyable and danceable music.
Grupo Maniel, also known as “Los Grandes del Son Dominicano”
This band has gained much recognition in Santo Domingo singing and playing with national and international musicians alike. Some of these include Ibrahim Ferrer, Jonnhy Pacheco, José Alberto “El Canario”, Rubby Pérez, Chichí Peralta, and many others. They have won Casandra award for Grupo Sonero of the Year.
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picture of the band Grupo Maniel (click to enlarge)
Hector Cuevas & Son Borojol also known as Hector Cuevas & The Boston Latin Band
Boston's biggest and most elegant Latin Band, delighting lovers of Latin Music, listeners and dancer's alike. Led by music director and percussionist, Hector Cuevas, the 12 - 14 piece Boston Latin Band plays a mix of traditional tropical rhythms including son, salsa, merengue, bolero and guaguanco.
Hector Cuevas, the bandleader, was born in the barrio Borojol in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cuevas grew up in Dominican Republic music-loving family where he was always listening to music. He got his start at the age of 15 playing percussion when he was 15 years old with Johnny Ventura's band. Hector has played in with the likes of Tito Puentes, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Eddie Guagua Rivera and many others. His dream was to have a band that brought back salsa, merengue and traditional boleros to the music scene. He recruited band members come from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Japan, U.S.A. and Puerto Rico. He says "It was my goal, my life long dream was to have my own orchestra, which I give thanks to God for allowing me to perform." The Boston Globe review of the band wrote that the band "has the Bronx naughtiness I like in salsa."