Willy Chirino

Willy Chirino combines the musical traditions of Cuba with American rock and jazz, helping to create the Miami Sound of Salsa music. The Cuban-born, South Florida-based, vocalist and bandleader boasts a musical repertoire of over 100 songs and 30 albums, making him one of the most emblematic Tropical music acts internationally.  A demonstration of his talent is that more than 60 artists have covered his hit Soy, among them the Gipsy Kings, whose interpretation sold more than four million copies.  With a career spanning four decades, Chirino has racked up an impressive list of awards for his musical and charitable contributions to the Latino community: 2006 Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, 2007 Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Salsa Album, two streets named after him in Miami, a star on the famous and very Cuban Calle Ocho, a FACE award from UNICEF, and a Hispanic Heritage Award for his charitable efforts through The Willy Chirino Foundation. In 2010 Chirino performed in the star-studded Hispanic rendition of “We Are the World” on Univision to raise funds for families in Haiti devastated by the earthquake in the region.

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