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Charlie Aponte | PRC Fest 2019

By Juan Gil

Charlie Aponte | PRC Fest 2019

Meet , Charlie Aponte he will be joining us this November 2, 2019.

Charlie Aponte is a Puerto Rican salsa singer, and for over 40 years was lead vocalist for the nation's legendary El Gran Combo.

Aponte was studying accounting at university, but had also established a solid reputation as a sonero, performing at top-grade clubs such as Lomas del Sol. It was there El Gran Combo's saxophonist Eddie Perez first heard him. Shortly thereafter, the group's founding vocalist, Pellin Rodriguez, left the band for a solo career, and Perez dropped Aponte's name and vouched for his solid reputation to Rafael Ithier, who had been tasked with finding a replacement. The latter made the singer audition over a three-month period, all the while vetting his references and assessing his character.

Aponte left his studies and joined El Gran Combo in June of 1973. He was its most illustrious frontman through the genre's golden age and beyond, becoming one of the great soneros, not only in Puerto Rico, but internationally.

Una Nueva HistoriaAponte retired from El Gran Combo in late 2014, at the age of 62, ostensibly to spend time with his family. He didn't stay out of the spotlight long, however -- he released his debut solo album, Una Nueva Historia, on Top Stop Music in 2015.

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Ismael Miranda | PRC Fest 2019

By Juan Gil

Ismael Miranda | PRC Fest 2019

Meet , Ismael Miranda he will be joining us this November 2, 2019.

Puerto Rican Ismael Miranda became involved in popular music at a young age, participating in different local bands before teaming up with Andy Harlow. He debuted in 1967 with the release of an album recorded along with Joey Pastrana, featuring the hit "Rumbón Melon." In 1973, Ismael Miranda joined Fania All-Stars, getting the nickname of "Niño Bonito" (Pretty Boy) due to his youthfulness. Later, he assembled his own orquestra called La Revelación, releasing a successful full-length record titled Asi Se Compone Un Son. He toured around the world soon after.

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Yulien Oviedo | PRC Fest 2019

By Juan Gil

Yulien Oviedo | PRC Fest 2019

Meet , Yulien Oviedo he will be joining us this November 2, 2019.

Yulien Oviedo (born in Havana, Cuba, November 29, 1982) is a Latin singer, songwriter and a percussionist. He began his musical career as a percussionist at an early age and together with his father, Calixto Oviedo, participated in international tours around the world since the age of 8. He established his career as a percussionist in the Charanga Habanera, where later he began singing as one of the lead singers. Later on he started as a solo artist and has to date collaborations with Gente De Zona, Adalberto y Su Son, NG La Banda, Black MC

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