Hot Salsa With Willie Rosario
He opened the Tropicana Club in New York with fellow Puerto Rican Bobby Valentin. In 1987, Rosario received a Grammy nomination for his song â€œNueva Cosechaâ€? (New Harvest).
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Mario A. Torres Productions, presents a night of “old school Salsa that’s hip and fresh” with legendary timbalero Willie Rosario Y Su Orquesta on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 8pm.
Willie Rosario has made his mark on both Salsa and Tropical music, from swinging mambo, to guaganco and boogaloo, composing such hits as “De Barrio Obrero a la Quince,” “El Timbal de Carlitos,” and the Grammy Award-nominated “Nueva Cosecha.”
This spicy hot evening will also feature conguero Eddie Montalvo And Friends, with master percussionist and timbalero Don Perignon, and vocalist Rico Walker, who was part of Willie Rosario’s band for many years. This event receives support from JP Morgan Chase.
Willie Rosario—aka “Mr. Afinque”—was born Fernando Luis Rosario Marin in Coamo,
He later studied saxophone, but what really attracted him was the conga. In 1946, at age 16, he formed a band called Coamex. A year later, his family moved to
He opened the Tropicana Club in
Conguero Eddie Montalvo, who grew up in the
As the conga player in Rubén Blades’s 11-piece ensemble Son del Solar, Montalvo appeared on the critically acclaimed album Rubén Blades y Son
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