Willy Chirino (b. 1947, Consolación del Sur): Celebrating 40 years in the music business, Chirino is recognized throughout the world as the creator of the Miami Sound. He won a GRAMMY® in 2006 for Best Salsa/Merengue Album for Son del Alma and was nominated in 2007 for a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Salsa Album for 35 Aniversario-En Vivo. He has released more than thirty albums and is the composer of over 100 songs which have been recorded by over 60 artists including Celia Cruz, Raphael, Gipsy Kings, David Bisbal and Oscar D’Leon. He launched his own music label in 1997, Latinum Music, after being signed by CBS and later Sony Music. He launched a worldwide tour in 2009 to promote his album Pa’lante, which took him to Europe, Central and South America, and most major cities in the United States. He then released My Beatles Heart in 2011, an album dedicated to the music of the legendary British band, but with the Chirino sound. In the summer of 2013, he was part of the Salsa Giants concert at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. The concert was released on CD and won a Latin GRAMMY® in the category of Best Salsa Album and was nominated for a GRAMMY® and a Billboard® Award. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016)

 

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