Willie Colón is an international Latin Music superstar and one of the founding fathers of the genre of music called “Salsa.” This New York City Bronx-born of Puerto Rican grandparents has fused his musical talent, his passion for humanity, and his community and political activism into an extraordinary and multifaceted career. He is, for many, a spokesman for a generation.
Colón’s achievements are widely recognized. As musician, composer, arranger, singer, and trombonist, as well as producer and director, Colón still holds the all time record for sales. He has created forty productions that have sold more than thirty million records worldwide. Colón’s collaboration with Ruben Blades, “Siembra,” is the biggest selling album of all time for this genre. His collaboration with Hector LaVoe of the film El Cantante fame, was the milestone that spread this fusion of tropical/urban music throughout Latin America and around the world. He has eleven Grammy nominations, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammys, fifteen gold and five platinum records, and has collaborated with such musical greats as the Fania All Stars, Rubén Blades, David Byrne, and Celia Cruz.
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