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Ismael Rivera

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In the rarefied air of the premier salsa singers, the influential Ismael Rivera personifies the role of the vocalist as the musical interpreter and voice of the common people, where the music originated. He is recognized as “El Sonero Mayor,” which translates into the master improviser, for his uncanny ability to invent and compose lyrics on the spot, and in perfect time. The town of Loiza Aldea, in Puerto Rico (east of San Juan) is recognized as a vital source of African derived music and rhythms on the island, primarily the bomba and plena, which are indigenous to the area. Ismael Rivera was born there on Oct

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Article: Album Review

Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo: El Arte Del Bolero

Read "El Arte Del Bolero" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo l'avvincente Sonero dedicato al songbook di Ismael Rivera--il grande cantante portoricano noto come El Sonero Mayor e amato in tutta l'America latina--il sassofonista Miguel Zenon sceglie una dimensione più intima, continuando però a scavare nelle memorie dell'infanzia. Il progetto è infatti dedicato a celebri bolero della tradizione, resi famosi da Benny Moré,Ray Barretto, Arsenio Rodriguez, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Miguel Zenon Celebrates Sonero!

Read "Miguel Zenon Celebrates Sonero!" reviewed by Corey Hall


As the song's lyrics about freedom were sung, the child's conscience consumed them whole. This child, ten years young at the time, had never heard the singer, Ismael Rivera, or the song, “Las Tumbas," before, but, three decades later, this initial impression remains in Miguel Zenon's memory. “I was taken by the song's overall ...

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Ismael Rivera Greatest Hits

Label: Fania
Released: 2009


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