Label: International Records - SLP-393 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Latin, Funk / Soul • Style: Salsa
Roena was one of the original members of El Gran Combo. Roena has also been a long-time member of the Fania All Starsa salsa supergroup that has enjoyed worldwide success since the s. During the broadcasts, percussionist Rafael Cortijo saw Roena in action. Roena, aside from being a dancerwas a talented at playing percussion Conga drum. Rafael Cortijo took him under his wing and taught him how to play Bongos later to become the bongo player for his band. He also Played occasional baseball.
When Roberto was 16 years old, Cortijo was in need of a bongo player for a group that he was forming. Visualizing a bongo player that could dance and play the cowbell at the same time, Cortijo recruited Roberto to join his new band, and personally taught Roberto how to play both instruments. The group's name derived from the name of an existing band named " El Combo " in which Genie Und Partisan (A Fascinating Man) - The Bolland Project - Darwin (The Evolution) of the original band members had been involved.
It is worth noting that "Cortijo y Su Combo", mostly made up of black musicians of Puerto Rican descentwas the first of its kind to succeed in gaining access to the stages where only white artists were performing, within and outside of Puerto Rico. Some members of the group chose to distance themselves from their imprisoned lead singer, and "El Gran Combo" was born.
Out of gratitude and loyalty to Rafael Cortijo, his mentor, Roena did not join the new Combo immediately. Eventually Cortijo left for New York in search of new musicians, and after nine months, Roberto, who had stayed in Puerto Rico, decided to join "El Gran Combo" which Join In The Chant (Burn!) - Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant then led by pianist Rafael Ithier.
El Gran Combo became the new sensation in Latin music, and Roena was part of the group until Roberto Roena has also been a long-time member of the Fania All Starsthe showcase group for the Fania Records label, which has enjoyed worldwide success since the s.
Roena took a giant step in Tani - Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - 2 fusion He Is - Maurice Joshua - Recent Remixes salsa with Tani - Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - 2 , in the s, by joining forces with African superstar saxophonist Manu Dibango of " Soul Makossa " fame.
Even without knowing how to read or write music, and probably because of it, Roena knew how to surround himself with excellent musicians and arrangers. Roberto always considered variety as the key to success, leading him to include in his musical repertoire everything from go-go to the romantic, the same in English as in Spanish.
His popularity on the radio waves came accompanied with tours around the United States and Latin America. Complementing the musicality of the salsa group was always the showmanship inherent in Roberto Roena. Beginning in the s, Roberto Roena and his Apollo Sound experienced a fade in popularity, reflecting a crisis that was sweeping through Tani - Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - 2 salsa movement in general.
Nevertheless, Roberto maintained himself by collaborating and recording independently with local groups. InRoena tried to revive the concept of Apollo Sound.
He opened a concert for British rock singer Sting at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, where he presented his hit salsa version of " Every Breath You Take " with an amused Sting watching from the sidelines. Inhe celebrated 25 years with his orchestra in a successful concert at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan.
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