Biographies of All Musicians

Los Angeles
Banda Rap
Consisting of brothers Francisco “AK” Gomez and Sergio “Wikid” Gomez, Akwid is a banda rap group based in Los Angeles, California. Immigrating from Michoacan, Mexico to the multicultural milieu of South...
Miami
Miami Music Scene
Albita Rodriguez grew up in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of popular musicians who introduced her to the world of guajira, or Cuban folk music. She began performing as a teenager and, by the late 1980s, Albita had become a star as...
Los Angeles
East L.A. Punk
The Bags featured the first Los Angeles-based punk woman lead singer -- Alice Bag, Alicia Armendariz's furious alter-ego. At the ramshackle underground club Masque -- ground zero for the collection of misfit artists,...
New York City
Mambo
Born in Cuba and blinded at a young age when he was kicked in the head by a mule, Arsenio Rodríguez went on to become an influential tres player and bandleader known as “El Ciego Maravilloso” (the...
Miami
Latin Jazz
Born in the small town of Aremisa, Cuba, Arturo Sandoval was the son of an auto mechanic, and he began playing trumpet at age 11. Three years later in 1964, he was accepted to study classical trumpet at the National School of...
Miami
Latin Rock, Miami Music Scene
In the early 2000s, Miami-based Bacilos were one of the most popular Rock en Español bands, scoring hits on the Billboard Latin charts and winning a 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Latin Album for Caraluna. In the mid-1990s,...
San Francisco
Latin Jazz, Mambo
The son of Swedish Vaudeville performers, Callen Radcliffe Tjader became an accomplished tap dancer, drummer and pianist as a child. In 1946 after serving in the war as an Army medic, he enrolled to study music at San...
New York City
Hip-Hop, Protest & Political, Reggaetón
René Pérez Joglar (lead singer, songwriter) and his stepbrother Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (music director, composer) formed the duo Calle 13 in 2004. The band is named for the street in Trujillo Alto...
Los Angeles
Chicano Rock
Who could forget the words to "Land of a 1000 Dances?" Frankie Garcia did.   But Frankie, as the lead singer of the Chicano rock band Cannibal & the Headhunters, covered his slip-up with an improvised...
San Francisco
Latin Rock
José Santana taught his son Carlos to play the violin at age five and the two performed together in a mariachi in Tijuana before emmigrating to San Francisco in the early 1960s. As a teenager at Mission High School, it...
New York City
Salsa
Celia Cruz was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso on October 21, 1924 in Havana, Cuba. She began her career singing in cabarets and got her big break in 1950 when she became lead singer for the...
San Antonio
West Side Sound
Charlie Alvarado started playing clarinet and saxophone in his junior high school band. During high school he played for the Johnny Saro Orchestra. Like many young Tejanos, he went into the service after high school, serving in...