Salsa’s effect was so massive that it spawned a variety of talents – soneros and soneras, dancers, songwriters, arrangers, producers and bands. Most of the musicians became recording artists and were known worldwide. Many went on world tours as Salsa reached new followers in different countries.
Two places bred a long list of Salsa music stars – Cuba and Puerto Rico. Some of them were born in these two countries while others were already born in the United States, principally in New York where Salsa all started.
In Salsa’s history, the name Celia Cruz is synonymous to a legend. She was called the Queen of Salsa, and one of the best soneras in Salsa music.
“El Sonero Mayor” was the moniker given to Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera. A few of the best songs he recorded were “Sale El Sol,”
Venezuela also had a roster of talents who contributed a fair bit to Salsa music. Oscar D’León was known for his wide range of repertoire,
“Amada Mia,” “El Raton” and “Anacaona” were just some of the hit songs of Puerto Rican Salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, who was known for
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez
Pete Rodriguez, who’s popularly known as “El Conde” has a powerful voice that suits the tender Bolero and the jam session style of Descarga.
The co-founder of Fania Records, Johnny Pacheco, hails from the Dominican Republic. He made the trip to New York late in the 1940s.
Puerto Rican Salsa singer Adalberto Santiago is internationally known and noted for his relaxed and flawless singing voice
When it comes to Cuban artists, Benny Moré’s name was a heavyweight. He was one of the most important singers from Cuba
One of the most loved proponents of Latin jazz was Tito Puente, the son of Puerto Rican parents who lived in the Spanish Harlem
The Boston Globe described the music of Willie Colón and bandleader Eddie Palmieri as ”the sound of Salsa.” He helped shape the
Notable Salsa singers and artists
Salsa dance and music were so contagious and influential since their early days, and continue to encourage so many singers, songwriters, arrangers and artists. With the great demand for Salsa music, it’s no wonder that soloists, duets, trios, bands and orchestras continue to form and provide excitement and enjoyment to Salsa enthusiasts from all over the globe. All of them are worth mentioning, for their influence and contribution to the continuous evolvement and patronage of this music genre. Most of them are from the United States, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. This is not exhaustive but these are some of the most prominent exponents of Salsa music through the ages. Most of them still continue to give awesome shows, do recordings and world tours. Here they are: