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Lucky Reyes PDF Print E-mail

Lucky

An eclectic blend of salsa booming along the sidewalks and hip-hop ridden boom boxes gave rise to Urban Merengue’s newest sensation. Born and bred in Washington Heights, New York, Felipe Fernandez became familiar with the importance of hard work and persistence growing up with a single mother in a neighborhood filled with people trying to survive day by day. His introduction to the music industry certainly didn’t arrive by chance, rather because of his unrelenting “journey toward the top.” Felipe considers himself to be one of the “lucky” ones.

Felipe is known artistically as Lucky Reyes because of the “luck” he’s had in life. Moreover, in tribute to his mother he decided to use his mother’s last name. Creativity has always been the staple of Lucky’s career, allowing him to ensue his musical work at home. He built a studio where he played with different beats and began creating musical fusions at a time where sounds were better left to be homogeneous. He simultaneously graduated from The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in New York. The unique sounds allowed him to meet Raul Acosta, from the popular merengue group “Oro solido.” Acosta encouraged Lucky to combine his unique sound with his clever choice of words and rap in Spanish. The idea paved the way to a world that catapulted him to the music industry.

 
Kat Deluna PDF Print E-mail

Kat Deluna

Kat DeLuna is a force to be reckoned with. The petite singer and songwriter strides into a room and immediately lights it up with her angel-faced beauty, playful humor, and rapid-fire chatter as she reels off story after story in her Dominican Republic-by-way-of-New-Jersey-accented English. “Oh, I’ve always had lot to say,” DeLuna says with a laugh. “My mom thinks I developed my vocal cords by crying so much when I was a kid. She would say, ‘If you don't stop crying you're not coming to the store with me.’ She'd leave me with my Nana, spend three hours in the store, come back, and I'd still be crying. She was like, ‘’Oh my God, this little girl!’"

DeLuna brings that same determination to the attention-grabbing songs she’s written and recorded for her upcoming new album Viva Out Loud — a title that perfectly encapsulates her personality. “I live my life out loud,” she says. “When you meet me, what you see is what you get. And I do it through the music. Music is always there — on people’s birthdays, when they get married, through the good times and the bad. I want this album to be a soundtrack for people’s lives and to encourage them to keep going on, no matter what obstacles get in their way.”

DeLuna knows a thing or two about obstacles. Though she’s had solid success as an artist (she launched her career with the gold-certified dancehall-pop single “Whine Up,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance chart and earned her a Billboard Latin Music Award), DeLuna’s roots are modest. Her life has been punctuated with struggles, however those experiences not only make her relatable, they have also enabled her to tap into deep emotion in her songwriting, providing a nice contrast to the music’s upbeat vibe.  

 
Cabán PDF Print E-mail

Cabán

Nelson Cabán was born in 1982 in New York City and currently divides his time between work studios in Brooklyn and Hong Kong, China. Growing up during the early 80s in NYC he realized the impact visual art could upon people and how it could serve as a means to formulate and present one's own narrative and express everyday reality. He has studied art and art history at Cooper Union (USA), Estudio 13 (Spain), and RBC (Japan), honing the craft of traditional Eastern and Western techniques and mediums.

Culture, history, and the eternal struggle for social justice are the inspirations of his work and therefore reflects not only a personal creative journey but also serve as representations of the social, political and cultural realities of many different peoples, both contemporary and historical. His art has always centered upon social issues and political narratives. It has always been about getting people to rethink the injustices in the world, but more importantly to empower people, to believe in themselves, and to believe that they can do something powerful with their lives. The creative process consistently reveals its importance to the lives of individuals and serves to provoke dialogue and effect change.

Nelson Cabán has exhibited his work in one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Japan. His work is held in private collections throughout the United States, Western Europe, South America, India and Japan, most notably the collection of the 44th U.S. President Barack H. Obama.

 
Bachata Heightz PDF Print E-mail

Bachata Heightz

Four talented men, whom were born and raised in Washington Heights, New York, form the Group Bachata Heightz. In order to stay out of the streets and all its negativity, in the year 2000, these four young men united and began to explore their musical passion. Bachata Heightz became pioneers in what is now known as the "urban look or style" in the genre of bachata. Their influences, in creating this mass appeal style, have included hip-hop, R&B, and rock; as well as their surroundings. The streets of New York and the influences of their Tropical Latin upbringing, all add to the gritty, tropical, and soulful sound that is known as BACHATA HEIGHTZ.

The group is composed of four family members who are, Jerry Garcia “Jay Heightz”  (lead singer/composer), Jonathan Garcia “Phenomenon” (lead guitar), Diego Capellan “Dee Major”  (bass guitar), and Aneudy Hernandez “Chino” (chorus). Utilizing viral technology, the group has spread their sounds all over the world including United States, Central America and Europe.

 
Hernamos Rosario PDF Print E-mail

Hermanos Rosario

La orquesta Los Hermanos Rosario se formó el 1ro. de mayo del año 1978. En esa ocasión 7 hermanos debutaron ante las autoridades municipales de la Villa Salva León de Higüey, ciudad situada en el extremo de la zona este de República Dominicana, en un acto en donde se celebraba el Día del Trabajo. 




A partir de este momento, Los Hermanos Rosario iniciaron un proceso de crecimiento y esfuerzos en busca del éxito artístico, desarrollando sus actividades inicialmente en su pueblo natal y en algunas ciudades de la zona este del país, siendo un paso importante en esta etapa, el período en el cual fueron contratados por el maestro Chiquitín Payán para amenizar las actividades del Hotel Romana en Casa de Campo.

Para el año 1980, Los Hermanos Rosario, que ya habían grabado su primer sencillo titulado “María Guayando”, el cual captó rápidamente la atención del público, deciden trasladarse a la ciudad capital, y lanzan su primera producción discográfica creando verdaderos éxitos, entre los que podemos citar “ Las Locas “, el cual ocupó los primeros lugares en todos los hits parades, “ María Guayando “, “ Vengo Acabando “, “ Bonifacio “ y El Lápiz, entre otros.

 
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