Frankie Ruiz’s Impact on Salsa

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Frankie Ruiz’s Impact on Salsa

Frankie Ruiz When Frankie Ruiz died, the Salsa music world came to a standstill for a moment. Another addition to the growing list of careers destroyed by drug abuse, Frankie Ruiz died at the age of 40 after succumbing to liver cirrhosis, as a result of years of substance abuse. Born to Puerto Rican parents, in New Jersey 1958,  young Frankie was hooked on to drugs at a very early age, but that did not stop his passion for singing. In 1971, he sang his debut with The...

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King of Merengue – Elvis Crespo

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King of Merengue – Elvis Crespo

Elvis Crespo grew up in Puerto Rico. At the age of fourteen he auditioned for the group Menudo. However his first gig was with a salsa-merengue orchestra, from where he began an undefeated voyage into the world of merengue music. Crespo began his musical journey as a singer for the band Grupo Mania in 1994.  But his stay with the group was short and he bid farewell in 1996. In 1998 he went on to release his debut album ‘Suavemente’, and the single of the same name became a...

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Joe Veras: Renewing the tastes of Dominican Bachata

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Joe Veras: Renewing the tastes of Dominican Bachata

Born to a rural family of thirteen children, the son of Sotero Veras and Maria, started dabbling in music at a very early age in the Dominican Republic. Playing the electronic acoustic guitar and dressing in trendy city clothes, Joe Veras embarked on an artistic career right after college, and released his debut production “With Love” in 1993, which gained public popularity among Bachata lovers.  His 1995 hit single “With More Love” won him The Casandra Award in 1997, and...

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Merengue : A national symbol in Dominican society

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Merengue : A national symbol in Dominican society

  Merengue is maybe the most sought after Latin dance from around the globe. Its success on the international stage is associated with the success of the Dominican national.  Even though the true origin of this music is not known, the theories surrounding it is strongly related to expressions of Dominican identity. Merengue is therefore a national symbol in the Dominican Republic. Merengue was born from the combined fusion of African drums and European music. The...

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El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

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El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Perhaps the greatest Salsa musical ensemble the world has seen, El Gran Combo from Puerto Rico has struck a chord in the hearts of music lovers across Hispanic America. Founded in 1962, the band has been autographed as ‘La Universidad de la Salsa’ or The University of Salsa, for its outstanding contribution to Salsa genre music, and for the many world renowned salsa music artists who built their careers through it. El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico released their first album in...

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Kassav’s Zouk Music

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Kassav’s Zouk Music

Zouk is a fast tempo music that comes from the Caribbean islands. The people of the Caribbean take music very seriously. Music plays a very integral role in Caribbean society, be it for social celebrations or even routine day chores. As a result there is a high social regard for popular music. Zouk music is played twenty four hours a day on local radio, while television present programs that are wholly devoted to Zouk music.  Even discos play Zouk at full volume all through...

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