Gipsy Kings is a music group from Arles and Montpellier, France. They explained the evolution of their sound in the 1996 PBS documentary of their lives and music "Tierra Gitana (Gipsy Land)". Young brothers Nicolas, Canut and Paul Reyes accompanied their father, famed flamenco singer Jose Reyes, who started out singing "cante jondo" (deep chant), traditional flamenco with long-running themes of passion, love, death, etc. But they began playing rumba flamenca because "we liked to watch pretty girls dance," said Nicolas.
Ricky Martin (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 24, 1971 as Enrique Martin Morales), is a successful Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1990. He has sold over 70 million records since the start of his career. He is considered a major star in the world of Latin Pop, and is considered to have opened the doors for some of his fellow Latin American singers like Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Santana is a rock band based around talented guitarist Carlos Santana and founded in the late 1960s. The band first came to public attention after their performing the song "Soul Sacrifice" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, when their Latin rock provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by successful follow-ups Abraxas and Santana III. Over the years, and despite a constantly changing line-up, Santana has achieved a total of eight Grammy Awards.
Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter. Escovedo's family tree includes former Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo and Pete's daughter, Sheila E (also Prince's former drummer and later a pop star). He began his music career with The Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas, in 1981 after a stint in New York City.
Alejandro Fernandez (born April 24, 1971) is a popular Latin Grammy-winning Mexican singer nicknamed as "El Potrillo" ("The Little Colt") by the media and his fans. ] Alejandro originally specialized in traditional, earthy forms of Mexican folk and country music, such as mariachi and ranchera. However, his more recent work has focused on mainstream pop music. He is the son of Vicente Fernández, also a popular Mexican country singer.
Bebel Gilberto, performing since the age of seven, is a Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian bossa nova singer. A blend of Brazilian pop, percussion, acoustic guitars, bass and piano, together with Bebel's smooth voice are why this singer is so celebrated.
Camila is a Mexican soft rock group formed in 2005 which reached success in their home country and all over Latin America upon the release of their debut album Todo Cambió. The group includes Mario Domm (producer and composer) from Mexico City, Samuel Parra "Samo" (vocalist) from Veracruz and Pablo Hurtado (guitarist) from San Luis Potosí. The group's name came from a friend's idea of calling the group "Camila" because it means "close to God".
Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza (born January 15, 1945), better known as Charo, is a Spanish-American actress, comedienne, and flamenco guitarist, best known for her flamboyant stage presence, her provocative outfits, and her trademark phrase ("cuchi-cuchi").
Conjunto Primavera is a Mexican conjunto group from Ojinaga, Chihuahua, México currently produced by Alejandro Garcia. In the 1990s and 2000s they became one of the most popular groups in the genre. Conjunto Primavera were formed on the first day of spring in 1978 by the saxophonist Juan Dominguez. They remained a local act for several years, and signed with an indie label, Joey Records, in San Antonio, Texas.
David Bisbal Ferré (born June 5, 1979 in Almería, Spain) is a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish pop singer. He gained his initial fame as a runner up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo produced by TJ Hall. He has since released four studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He's toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist.
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, commonly known as El Gran Combo, is a Puerto Rican Salsa music orchestra. It is Puerto Rico's most successful musical group, and one of Salsa's most famous groups across Latin America. Since many of the genre's legendary singers have been members of the orchestra, the band has been given the moniker La Universidad de la Salsa (The University of Salsa) El Gran Combo was founded in May 1962, by Rafael Ithier.
Elvis Crespo (born July 30, 1971 in New York City, U.S.A.) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Winner Puerto Rican-American Merengue singer.
Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy, better known as Enrique Bunbury, was born August 11, 1967 in Zaragoza, Spain. He got involved in music in the early 1980s, making his debut in a high school band called Apocalipsis, and later played along with Proceso Entrópico. In 1984 Bunbury joined a group called Zumo de Vidrio, debuting as a lead vocalist. After adopting the nickname of Bunbury, taken from an Oscar Wilde novel, the musician teamed up with Héroes Del Silencio, becoming a major number in the spanish rock scene.
Enrique Iglesias (born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Miami-based singing sensation and multi-million-album seller. He is the son of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish-mestiza Filipina socialite and Hola! magazine journalist Isabel Preysler. He also is the brother of Chabeli Iglesias and Julio José Iglesias, and half-brother of Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer (from his mother's side) and Miguel Alejandro, Rodrigo, Cristina, Victoria and Guillermo Iglesias (from his father's side).
Ayllón adopted the stage "Eva" from her maternal grandmother, Eva, who began teaching the young María music at an early age. As a child and teen, Eva Ayllón sang in school competitions and later on television and radio. Throughout the early 1970s, Eva appeared in many música criolla musical groups such as Rinconcito Monsefuano, La peña de los Ugarte, Los Mundialistas o Callejón and Los Kipus. By 1975, Eva began to pursue a solo singing career, touring internationally by 1979.
Juan Fernando Fonseca is a colombian singer. His most famous song is "Te mando flores". He started making music at the age of 5 and by the age of 12 he had already sold 500 copies of his first song. In the year 2002 he released his album named "Fonseca" and the most important songs from that CD were: "Noches de carnaval", "Sueño", "Confiésame" and "Magangué".
Gilberto Santa Rosa was born on 21 August 1962, in Puerto Rico and today is known as "El Caballero de la Salsa" (the gentleman of salsa). In 1976 he started with a group of amateurs in Puerto Rico, and his first recording was with the Mario Ortiz Orchestra. He then moved on to Orquesta La Grande, and during the two years Gilberto was with them, he met Mr. Elias Lopés who later helped mold and polish the promising young singer, releasing three recordings.
Grupo Niche is one of the world's best known salsa and cumbia groups from Colombia and it enjoys great popularity throughout Latin America. It was formed in 1980 by Jairo Varela, who became producer, director, songwriter, vocalist and guiro player. It also included Nicolas Cristanelo, on the piano; Alexis Lozano, on the trombone; Francisco Garcia, on the bass; Luis Pacheco, on the congas; as well as vocalists Jorge Bassam and Hector Viveros.
Spanish pop/rock foursome Hombres G was formed by ex-los Residuos guitarist Daniel Mezquita, drummer Javier Molina, and singer/bassist David Summers, soon joined by guitarist Rafael Gutierrez. The band's name was based on an American movie called G-Men. Hombres G made its live debut at Madrid's Rockola, recording a demo called Milagro En El Congo in 1984. They soon signed up to the independent label Twins to make their debut album, featuring a catchy song called "Devuelveme A Mi Chica," which became their first hit.
Intocable, started in 1993 in Zapata Texas, they're one of the most successful acts in the tejano-norteño sound of the Tex-Mex border region. Their most important albums includes Intocable IV, Contigo, and more recently, their blockbuster release X.
Jorge Celedón also known as Jorgito Celedón (born March 4, 1968 in Villanueva, La Guajira) is a Colombian musician, singer of vallenato music. Celedón was one of the backup singers for the vallenato group Binomio de Oro de America who joined after the death of Rafael Orozco Maestre. In 1998, he decided to create his own vallenato group and teamed with accordionist Jimmy Zambrano. As a child Celedon grew up singing vallenato making him a very good singer.
Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez (born August 9, 1972), best known as Juanes, is a rock musician from Medellín, Colombia. When he was younger, his father started calling him Juanes, rather than Juan, a contraction of his two first names Juan and Esteban. As his friends grew to know him by this name, he chose to keep it for his musical career, which started when he, Andrés García, Fernando "Toby" Tobón and José David Lopera, formed the rock band Ekhymosis in 1988.
Leopoldo Dante Tévez (born March 22, 1942), known as Leo Dan, is an Argentine composer and singer born in Atamisqui, Santiago del Estero Province. He recorded more than 20 albums during his long career during the late 20th century between Argentina and Mexico. His appreciation for Mexican music led him to record with mariachis, and from there he went to international fame. His music was well received by the Mexican public since his voice was a good match to the traditional mariachi sound.
Los Amigos Invisibles are a Latin dance band from Venezuela that plays a blend of disco and acid jazz. In 1995 they released their debut album, A Typical and Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band, which was a moderate success in Venezuela. The band was comprised of Julio Briceño a.k.
The band started in 1984, with Marciano Cantero (bass guitar, keyboards and vocals), Felipe Staiti (guitar) and Daniel Piccolo drums. That same year, they performed throughout the Cuyo region. Later they traveled to Buenos Aires to record a demo, with unusable results that were never released. In spite of this failure, they continued doing shows in Mendoza and in Buenos Aires.
Los Lobos is a mexican-american rock band from East Los Angeles, California, USA, heavily influenced by rock and roll, tex-mex, country music, folk, blues, and traditional spanish / mexican music such as boleros and norteño. Vocalist/guitarist David Hidalgo and drummer Louie Pérez met at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, and bonded over their mutual affinity for obscure musical acts such as Fairport Convention, Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. Pérez recalls, "We’re looking at each other, 'You like this stuff? I thought I was the only weird one.
Los Tucanes de Tijuana is a Mexican band founded on 13 April 1987 by Mario Quintero Lara and a group of talented friends in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. From humble beginnings, starting their musical career by playing at nightclubs they rose to become the most successful and sought after Norteño band in Mexico, Latin America and the United States. They are by far the global ambassadors of Norteña music and Corrido ballads.
Maná is a Mexican rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco. The group's current line-up consists of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex González, guitarist Sergio Vallín, and bassist Juan Calleros. Considered the biggest Latin rock band in the world , Maná has earned four Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, fourteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards. The band formed in 1986 and released its first album, Falta Amor, in 1990.
Marco Antonio Solís (born December 29, 1959 in Ario de Rosales, Michoacán, Mexico) is a Mexican singer, composer, and record producer.
Myriam Hernandez is Chilean singer famous for her ballads throughout Latin America, She was born in Santiago, Chile on May 2, 1967. Several of her albums have gone gold or platinum. Her recent Cd, "Huellas" (Translation: Footprints), is a greatest hits collection with three never released songs.
El dúo Pimpinela es un dueto argentino de música compuesto por los hermanos Lucía Galán y Joaquín Galán conocidos bajo los alias de Lucía y Joaquín.
Armando Christian Prez (born January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida), better known by the stage name Pitbull , is a Cuban-American rapper signed to his own label, Mr 305 Inc. The Give Me Everything (Tonight) Songfacts reports that he adopted his canine moniker because, "They bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they're outlawed in Dade County.
Ramon Ayala (correct spelling = Ramón Ayala) is an accordion player and singer of norteño music from Nuevo León, Mexico (born 8 December 1945). The King Of The Accordion and 4 time Grammy winner, featured in 13 movies, and has recorded 105 albums. Accordion models named after him are available on the market. Ayala has defined most of early and modern Norteño and Tejano music with his distinctive accordion style and lyrics.
Reik is a Mexican band from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Formed by Jesús Alberto Navarro Rosas (Lead Vocals), Julio Ramírez Eguía (Guitar, Backing Vocals), and Gilberto Marín Espinoza "Bibi" (Backing Guitar, Backing Vocals). In 2003, Jesús Navarro and Julio Ramirez started their then-nascent musical project, tentatively called "Reik". It was then they recorded their first demos, which were released through the Mexican underground club scene.
Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are two fast-fingered Mexicans with a unique sound created on acoustic guitars. Their music is difficult to define, straddling both world and rock and often imbued with timeless Hispano – classical influences. The fire in their music comes from their life-long passion for metal music. In spring 2006, “Rodrigo y Gabriela,” beat both the Arctic Monkeys AND Johnny Cash to number one in the Irish charts.
Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, lawyer, actor and politician. As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of South American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova to salsa, creating thinking persons' dance music.Blades has composed dozens of musical hits, the most famous of which is "Pedro Navaja", a song about a panderer whose day to die has come.
Silvestre Francisco Dangond Corrales aka Silvestrong (Born May 12, 1980 in Urumita, La Guajira) is a Colombian Vallenato singer, composer and Timbales player. Dangond is considered one of the mainstream representatives of the "new wave" of vallenato musicians.