August 16: Harlem Day: Boogaloo tribute to Joe Cuba featuring Willie Villegas' band Entre Amigos, with the last original members of the Joe Cuba Sextet. More details of this show to follow.
We expect the releasing of the Joe Cuba documentary this summer. Please stay tune.
This story is about an individual who grew up in Spanish Harlem, and became one of the twentieth century's legendary Latin musicians. From the beginning, his life is impaired by the daily struggles of life in the ghetto. The story becomes legendary when the young Gilberto Navarro is transformed into the widely acclaimed and romanticized Joe Cuba, of the Salsa era. This biography outlines many short stories of Joe's life illustrating the wit, humor and character. This story is designed for the stage.
The Life & Times of the Legendary Joe Cuba: available on Smashword.com
Music pioneer of Salsa, Boogaloo, Rap and one of the first to cross over to Mainstream American with English lyrics in Latin Music.
LATIN MUSIC BOOKS
Antonio I. Mejias
In 1992, I published the Refrigeration License Examination manual, which has become a standard learning tool for Operating Engineers in the industry.
In 1997, I self-published a biography called "The Hector Lavoe Story," a tragic story of Latin America's favorite singer. Then in 1999, I translated the book into Spanish with my aunt and colleague Herminia H. Romano. The work was self-published as "La Historia Del Cantante, Hector Lavoe." Following these books, I I was chosen by Joe Cuba to write his biography, and completed the work in 2001. Currently "The Life and Times of the Legendary Joe Cuba" is available on a website called Smashword.com, under biography. Joe Cuba's biography represents an era of music literature that was nostalgic, ground breaking and swinging. This work was written to both entertain and preserve his legacy as a music legend.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
THE LEGENDARY JOE CUBA
Although he was raised in “El Barrio,” the personality of Joe Cuba was influenced by some of the greatest individuals of our time. The late Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Puente and Charlie Palmieri were all important figures that invigorated his passion for music. Their genius inspired and encouraged Joe to become one of the leading authorities in Latin music.
His career as a musician spanned six decades. Joe was unique in his field because he was one of the first to successfully introduce English lyrics to Latin music. As an innovator, he combined authentic Latin beats with rhythm and blues tempos, igniting a new and vibrating sound called the boogaloo. Although he recorded only 240 tunes, many of them became popular among the American pop charts. Two of his greatest hits, “Bang Bang” and “El Pito” are said to have sold millions of copies throughout the world. As a native New Yorker, he communicated with his fans in Spanish and in English, while preserving his well-mannered Latin charm. While being charismatic and courteous with his American audiences, he launched a successful career in Latin music.
As a legendary figure his renowned status made him one of the first inductees into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. In Spanish Harlem he was also the Director of the International Salsa Museum. He was also given the Musical and Cultural Achievement 2000 Award, by Lloyd Williams, CEO of the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. In 2001 he was given the Advocate's Award in New York City Hall by the Attorney General, Mark Green. Furthermore, Joe Cuba was inducted into the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, an organization that has honored world famous African-American stars. Lloyd William best described him when he said, "Joe Cuba's royalty status is in the same category of Machito, Count Basie, Tito Puente and Duke Ellington."
About the Author
Joe Cuba Excert
The Singer, Hector Lavoe is a tragedy of Latin America's favorite Salsa singer, "El Cantante de los Cantantes." The story outlines his rise and fall, while covering the culture, romance, tragic accidents, "Santerismo," drug abuse and the AIDS affliction he endured. This Hector Lavoe biography will make you laugh, cry and wonder how a person can achieve fame and fortune, then lose it all.
Hector Lavoe Biography
Joe Cuba Biography Online
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