GRUPO NICHE IS REFERRED TO AS THE SALSA EXPERIENCE WITH ITS VIGOROUS, UP TEMPO DANCE MUSIC AS WELL AS SLOWER-PACED ROMANTIC NUMBERS.
The success of Grupo Niche is based on their commitment to Salsa Music Traditions, Romantic Ballads, and a truly amazing stage show. Their talent has gained them great popularity throughout Latin America and the U.S. and their tribute hit single to the “world salsa capital” catapulted Niche as one of the top salsa bands of Colombia. Grupo Niche is referred to as The Salsa Experience with its vigorous, up-tempo dance music as well as slower-paced romantic numbers. Their show features their most famous song Cali Pachanguero and many other hits like Cali Aji, Del Puente Pa’llá, Sin Sentimientos, and Una Aventura. This high-energy live performance not only receives rave reviews and enjoys huge concert attendance, but every single show gets their audiences cheering, dancing, and giving long standing ovations.
Grupo Galé, from Medellín, Colombia is led by musical director and conguero, Diego Galé. Diego has a long and distinguished career for a man of a relatively young age. He served as a percussionist with Grupo Niche, perhaps the most famous of Colombia's salsa orchestras, and as musical director for another of Colombia's most respected salsa bands, Grupo Caneo. He played with Sonora Dinamita, La Inmensidad, the late Frankie Ruiz, "El Cantante de Los Cantantes," Hector Lavoe, Alex Leon, Marvin Santiago, and Luis Enrique to name a few of the more recognizable names in the industry.
Grupo Galé plays salsa in its traditional style with a modern twist. The large group employs three lead singers with exceptional voices who alternate on lead vocals. It is not unusual to hear them using an old style of singing harmony for the chorus and a more modern style in the same song. The group is known for its musical excellence and salsa purity.
El Grupo Galé toca salsa en su estilo tradicional con un toque moderno. El grupo que es grande, tiene tres cantantes principales con voces excepcionales que se alternan al cantar. No es inusual el escucharlos usando un estilo viejo para cantar armónicamente durante el coro y luego escuchar un estilo más moderno durante el resto de la canción. El grupo es conocido por su excelencia musical y la pureza de su salsa.
Montañez first gained fame as a member of the internationally successful El Gran Combo group, with songs like "Hojas Blancas" (White Leaves), "Un Verano en N.Y." (A Summer in NY), "El Barbero loco" (The Crazy Barber), "Julia", "Ponme el Alcolado, Juana" (Rub Me With the Bay Rum, Juana), "Vagabundo" (Bum), "El Swing", etc. He stayed for approximately 15 years, producing 37 LPs. He left El Gran Combo to pursue a career with the Venezuelan group La Dimension Latina creating a feud between the two groups. After leaving El Gran Combo, he enjoyed considerable success on an international scale with his own orchestra, touring Latin America and the United States several times. He represented Puerto Rico at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain.
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Latin Band. Composed of a group of inspirational musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind Aramis Sol Caribe have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.
Ismael Ruiz Hernández (born October 22, 1966), better known as Maelo Ruiz, is a New York City-born Puerto Rican Salsa romántica singer.
Maelo Ruiz was born in New York City but at the age of 4 moved with his family to Puerto Rico where his parents were originally from. He started in music at the very young age of 16 when he began to sing in the "Escuela Libre de Música de Caguas". But it wasn't until the age of 19 when Maelo Ruiz really started his professional career in music when he became the first voice of Pedro Conga and his International Orchestra. He remained with Pedro Conga for 7 years, recording 4 albums with the band. His biggest hit with Pedro Conga was "No Te Quites La Ropa", which sold over 50,000 units earning the band their first gold record in Puerto Rico. Follow-up hits included "Atrévete", "Vicio" (gold record in Colombia), "Quiero Volver", "Si Supieras", "Te Quiero Amor" and "Me Niegas Tanto Amor". These were hits that made Maelo Ruiz a household name in Latin America. He also performed as a background singer for prominent salsero Willie González. His album Puro Corazón was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album.
Chino is an accomplished percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, bandleader, and educator, multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Billboard winner/nominee, he has performed/toured with a verifiable Who’s Who in the world of Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensemble the Chino Nunez Orchestra.
His diverse recording and performing experience include work with legendary figures Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Tito Nieves, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and a host of others. Chino has performed in venues all over the world including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival to name just a few.
A native of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, Luisito Carrión has been singing since age 13. He began his career as a salsa artist with Orquesta Kafe, Orquesta La Nativa and Grupo Concepto Latino.
In his early performances he sung along with Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago and Santitos Colon. Later he played in Salsa Fever together with Julio Gunda Mercéd where he had various hits like "Renta de Amor" y "Señores ahí va Julián". He later joined the Bobby Valentín Orchestra where he sung the hits "El Agua", "El Señor de las señoras", "Ramos de flores", "El Gigolo", "Tributo de Cali", y "Como lo hago yo". In his evolutionary process Luisito joined the Don Perignon Orchestra where he sung "La Fuga" and later joined la Sonora Ponceña where he came out with the songs "Yaré" and "A Comer Lechón".
In 1997 he recorded with Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound in the production "Mi música 1997". In the late 90's Carrión starts his career as a soloist for MP Records together with Julio Gunda Mercéd and Rafael Bodo Torres where he comes with hits like: Sin tu amor, "La chica mas popular", "Nadie como tu", "Porque", "Amiga Mia", "Muriendo", "Como ave sin rumbo" y ""Para ser Real". Today, Luisito Carrión is regarded as one of Puerto Rico's top soneros.
Sin lugar a dudas, hoy por hoy, considerado por leyendas y colegas del genero salsero, como uno de los exponentes con mayor crecimiento, proyectando y estableciendo su marca, a paso firme y a nivel mundial; Ganador del Premio Paoli 2019, como Revelación Tropical del Año, él es Edwin “El Calvito” Reyes.
Nacido un 19 de Abril de 1974, tuvo su niñez en una humilde casa de madera de 20 pies al cuadrado y se graduó como Electricista de la Escuela Superior Vocacional en su amado Trujillo Alto en Mayo de 1992. Luego se graduó con estudios en Tele-Comunicación en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón de P.R. Este 2020, “El Calvito” está pautado a terminar su Maestría en Ciencia, con un mayor en Negocios de Entretenimiento, en Full Sail University de Orlando, FL. (Entertainment Business, Master of Science).
Aunque en OCT 2018, fue su primera aparición al mundo, con su propia propuesta musical, “El Calvito” tiene una trayectoria e/o historia musical, de más de 25 años, cual empezó al son de Plena en su natal Trujillo Alto. Desde niño, la música ha sido su pasión. Edwin siguió mostrando su liderazgo y pasión por la música, y ya en el 1993, Edwin, comenzó a darse a conocer en su pueblo natal con la PLENA, manteniendo la cultura y tradición de un pueblo viva. Ya en el año 1996, Edwin se unió al ejército estadounidense y en sus tiempos libres, comenzó a cantar salsa, gracias al Sr. Víctor París y al Sr. Godreau "Papo Salsa" quienes le ofrecieron la primera oportunidad de compartir su talento con la comunidad de Hinesville, Ga en 1996, cantando clásicos de la salsa. Desde ese entonces, “El Calvito”, ha estado interpretando todos los géneros de música latina en Estados Unidos; Nunca dejando atrás su origen, ni su visión.
ZUMBA® Instructors Sally & Christina We are honor to join Salsa Cruise to inspire people to enjoy exercising through international music . We have been ZUMBA® instructors for years and have enjoyed working together to motivate people to stay healthy.
Christina and I through our classes we have raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Food Drive Events. Our love for ZUMBA® has given us opportunities to help others. We can't wait to see you on deck!!!!!
Miguel has more than 20 years of professional experience teaching salsa. He has his certification from the National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA®) in International Latin & Americana. Miguel began as a special event choreographer with over 150 weddings and cotillions to date with the company he began in 2000 Primo Productions. Miguel is proud to be invited back year after year to share this passion and zest for Salsa with Salsa Cruise. His fun and charismatic energy creates a welcoming intimidation free environment that dancers at all levels can enjoy. Please make sure to attend one of his classes while on board. You’ll be glad you did! Y que viva la salsa!!