I am not sure why this bio of Tito Puente ended up on a site called Cengage Learning, but it did. It does the job, too:
Tito Puente is internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to Latin music as a bandleader, composer, arranger, and percussionist. Known as “El Rey,” or The King of Mambo, he has recorded an unprecedented 100 albums, published more than 400 compositions, and won four Grammy awards. “In a day when pop singers fake their way to the top and when for many artists, success is the child of hype, Puente is one of only a handful of musicians who deserve the title ‘legendary,’” Mark Holston stated in Américas.
Credited with introducing the timbal — a double tom-tom played with sticks — and the vibraphone to Afro-Cuban music, Puente also plays the trap drums, the conga drums, the claves, the piano, and occasionally, the saxophone and the clarinet. While Puente is perhaps best known for his all-time best-selling 1958 mambo album Dance Mania, his eclectic sound has continued to transcend cultural and generational boundaries. As a testament to his popularity with a younger audience, Puente has recorded with rocker Carlos Santana and has performed regularly at college concerts throughout the country. He has also appeared in several films, received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and performed on television’s The David Letterman Show. (Continue Reading…)
Here is the beginning of Puente’s Wikipedia profile:
Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), was a Latin jazz and salsa musician and composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City’sSpanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as “The Musical Pope,” “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the timbales) and “The King of Latin Music.” He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that helped keep his career going for 50 years. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba‘s Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows including Sesame Street, The Cosby Show and The Simpsons. (Continue Reading…)
Both of these videos are great, but I like the top one best. I have no idea what the words are, but some videos are best enjoyed on a purely visual level. From checking out several videos, it is obvious that Juan Luis Guerra likes schools and buses.
Here is more on him from Wikipedia:
Juan Luis Guerra (born June 7, 1957) is a Dominican singer, songwriter and producer who has sold over 20 million records, and won numerous awards including 15 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He recently won 3 Latin Grammy Awards in 2010, including Album of the Year. He is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists of recent decades. His pop style of merengue and bolero and Afro-pop/Latin fusion has garnered him considerable success throughout Latin America. Guerra is sometimes associated with the popular Dominican music called bachata, and while this association is partly true, he actually uses the basics of Bachata rhythm with a more bolero feel to the melodies in some of his songs. He does not limit himself to one style of music, instead, he incorporates diverse rhythms like merengue, bolero-bachata, balada, salsa, rock and roll, and even gospel as in the song “La Gallera”. “Ojalá Que Llueva Café” (“I Wish It Would Rain Coffee”) is one of his most critically acclaimed self-written and composed pieces. A remix of “La Llave de Mi Corazón” (“The Key of My Heart”) with Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas is also an example of his fusion of genres. (Continue Reading…)
La Guagua is above and Bachata en Fukuoka is below.
CNN has an interesting piece about music and the inauguration, which is set for Monday. The show should be pretty good:
This year’s festivities include a Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday and two official balls on Monday night. Performers for those events include Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson — a mix of pop, country, R & B, Latin, rock and old-school hitmakers. (Continue Reading…)
Santana’s performance of Soul Sacrifice at Woodstock put the band — and, of course, Carlos — on the map. Here is Oye Como Va, a song written and originally performed by Tito Puente. Two other early piece are Samba Pa Ti and Hope You’re Feeling Better. Carlos joins Eric Clapton in a performance of Jingo at the Crossroads guitar festival in 2004.