Ismael Rivera Was a Master of the Clave

October 5th is the birthday of Latin music legend Ismael Rivera "El Sonero Mayor", just a couple of days after the passing anniversary of his legendary partner, Rafael Cortijo. In my opinion, he became such an influential singer in Latin…

Why Celia Cruz was Salsa Music Queen

Most Salsa music fans would agree that Celia Cruz honored the nickname "Salsa Music Queen". Celia established such a high standard that no one else been able to occupy the vacated thrown since her departure! I had to write about Celia…

Viva Netflix’ “Vivo”

Lin-Manuel Miranda did it again in Netflix "Vivo", an animated story anchored in Latin music. In"Vivo", Lin-Manuel gets a little help from his friends Gloria Estefan (glad to see the Latin music diva back at work) and Cuban maestro

Latino Music Café is Back!

I'm finally able to say that I'm back blogging at Latino Music Café! It has been 6 months and I'm anxious to share my thoughts with you! Six Months of Hiatus As I contracted Coronavirus in late December 2020, I decided to

Too Early for In-person Concerts

I believe, like most experts, that it's too soon for in-person concerts. God knows we are tired of this quarantine which has now been going on for over a year. Note: I wrote a blog on the coronavirus a little over a year ago. You can…

The Departed of Latin Music 2020

This year, 2020, has been a devastating year for all of us, and on top of it all, the departed were great contributors to our Latin music. I'll make a brief review of those that departed this year. 1. Pedro "Sorolo" Rodriguez…