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Maelo is a master! Que grande!


Maelo is the man and the music!

El Sonero Mayor

Dios se nos pudo llevar a los grandes pero nunca su música. Maelo de lo mejor que puede haber en salsa como Barreto, Lavoe, Ismael Quintana, El Conde y muchos mas. Sin salsa no hay paraíso mi gente.


Born: October 5, 1931 in Santurce, Puerto Rico

Genre: Música Tropical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Ismael Rivera (El Sonero Mayor "Maelo") was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, on October 5, 1931. It all started on the very same street Rivera was born and raised on: Calle Calma. There he was instilled with the sounds and rhythms of Puerto Rico: the bomba and plena. At a young age, Rivera was exposed to the influences that would set him on his musical destiny. First, his mother, Margarita, bore in him a love for singing. And next, his boyhood friend Rafael Cortijo provided Rivera with the impulse...
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