The Legend of Roberto Roena: Part 1

I had the fortune to witness the peak years of legendary Puerto Rican bongo player Roberto Roena. His Apollo Sound of the '70s and '80s made a profound impact on Salsa music. One of my highlights regarding Roberto Roena was a concert he…

Eternally Pablo

The first song I heard by Pablo Milanés was "Eternamente Yolanda" performed by the Puerto Rican "nueva trova" group Haciendo Punto en Otro Son. It was because of that song that I decided to buy that record. I originally thought the song…

Puerto Rican Plena Still Strong

As this week Puerto Rico commemorates its "discovery" by Columbus (November 19) in 1493, our folk rhythm of "Plena" is still going strong over a century after its origin. Note: this blog was originally published in 2010, when this rhythm…

Grammy 2023 Voters: We Need Your Vote

Calling all 2023 Grammy Award voters! The first round voting window closes this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. We want to encourage all eligible voters to cast their votes. Recording Academy Communication for Grammy Voters Here's the…