Carlos Oliva

Cuban-born vocalist and percussionist Carlos Oliva arrived in Miami in 1961, where he formed Los Sobrinos del Juez, (The Judge’s Nephews), specializing in a new, inter-cultural sound.  This fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock became known as “The Miami Sound.”  Oliva has produced and directed many other musical groups, including Miami Sound Machine.

A prolific commercial composer, Oliva earned an Emmy Award for music for a promotional Univision Campaign.  He has written many television theme songs, including Cristina, and Ocurrio asi, both winners of BMI Latin TV Theme Awards, and La Feria de la Alegria.  Additionally, Oliva has written for other international artists, and written over one hundred radio and television commercials. 

Los Sobrinos del Juez’s numerous hits have led to successful tours in Latin America, Europe and especially in Brazil, where their album “Caribbean Dance” won a Gold Record Award for sales over 250,000 copies.  They continue to release new recordings, including Crossing Over in 2004, I’m a Believer in 2007 on the Talent Beach Music label, and …Y seguimos guarachando in 2011, including a DVD with a collection of video clips produced throughout the years.

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