After the success of his most recent record productions, “SOY Y SES, CICLOS y JUKEBOX – this last one nominated to the Latin Grammy in it’s sixteenth annual installment – the nicaraguan singer-songwriter LUIS ENRIQUE continues immersed in his task of creating new proposals for his audience – whom he has affectionately named as his “accomplices” – and for the followers of musical excellence.
And it is that the “comeback” of this artist of the lyrics and the song has placed him again in an important place of Latin American music. In fact, LUIS ENRIQUE starred in the most impressive return of tropical music of recent times. This was confirmed by the highest and most demanding organizations in the industry, that have already granted him over the years three Latin Grammys, one Grammy, three “Lo Nuestro” awards, four Latin Billboards, two Ronda awards, as well as the recognition of the Huaco awards, TVyNovelas, Aplausos, ACE y ASCAP.
The artist, moreover, has become a forceful figure in the struggle for the rights of immigrants, participating in forums, conferences and raising a message of openness and collaboration through their social networks, in which he actively participates. He was recently part of the annual conference of the Hispanic Caucus Institute of Congress, event in which he had the opportunity to greet President Barack Obama and express their thoughts and concerns with the issue of immigration in the country and urged that a reform similar to the one that granted his citizenship and new beginning in 1986. Luis Enrique spoke about the “Dream Act” and about the importance of immigration reform.
And it is that LUIS ENRIQUE is a living example of the Latin American dream and the effort of the Latin race for better living and working conditions. Originally from the small town of Somoto, in Nicaragua, the artist set out to pursue his musical dream and, thanks to his struggle and talent, he succeeded. The maturity, the experiences, the passion and the desire conspired in CICLOS,
After becoming the most revolutionary figure in the salsa scene in the 80s, LUIS ENRIQUE went through a period of nine years without recording, although he never left the stage. The maturity, the experiences, the passion and the desire conspired in CICLOS, produced by the renowned Sergio George for the Top Stop Music label, achieving impressive and immediate success not only in the United States, but also in Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. The theme “Yo no se mañana” captained this musical project that returned LUIS ENRIQUE to a place of preference among the public, colleagues and industry in general. resulting in a masterpiece that consists of 11 themes and a scenario of new sounds interspersed with classical salsa.
With these experiences in tow, LUIS ENRIQUE presents SOY Y SERE, a new work that attests and confirms his growth as singer-songwriter and music worker. Released in June 2011, the production conjugates again the talent of the artist and Sergio George, Jorge Luis Piloto, Jorge Villamizar, Mónica Vélez and Alex Cuba participate as composers in SOY Y SERE, contributing the stories that we all live in a poetic, free, clear and precise language.
Among the songs is the first single “Dame De Tu Boca” – written by Luis Enrique and his brother Ramón Mejía, better known as Perrozompopo. “Dame De Tu Boca” is a cheerful and romantic song with perfect arrangements made by Sergio George that manages to be a catchy ode to love, a song with the ability to permeate and tempt music fans of all ages. “Locos Los 2”, another one of the great successes of this last disc, has achieved the first places in the lists of popularity and was written by Luis Enrique and the musician, composer and interpreter Alex Cuba, who along with Luis Enrique composed four songs of the album.
Among his collaborations and the mix of musical sounds, SOY AND SERE also includes a song along with the sensation of the bachata and award-winning young musician Prince Royce called “You know”.
In 2013 the singer was invited to be part of the Broadway play Forever Tango in New York City. For three weeks Luis Enrique was part of this work that brings together music, drama and culture and where he will perform alongside sixteen world-class tango dancers and the eleven-piece orchestra of Forever Tango.
His most recent production Jukebox – First Edition, brought an innovative concept in his career in which for the first time he borrowed musical successes to impart a new life versioning them in pure salsa. El clásico NOCHE DE COPAS fue el primer sencillo de esta propuesta musical que trabajada en colaboración con el músico y arreglista puertorriqueño Cucco Peña, logrando una impresionante y poderosa compilación que resultó en un éxito rotundo en el corazón de los amantes de la música tropical. The recording was made in studios in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York.
This collection included some of the most influential musical works of the past decades, such as: Juan Carlos Calderón’s Noche de Copas, originally performed by María Conchita Alonso, José José’s Lo Pasado Pasado, Ricardo Montaner’s Tan Enamorados, Franco de Vita’s Te Amo, Luis Miguel’s Tengo Todo Excepto a Tí, Ilan Chester’s Amor de Cerca, duo Donato y Estéfano’s Sin Ti, Michael Bolton’s ¿Cómo he de Vivir sin Tu Cariño? interpreted in Spanish by Danny Rivera.
He also integrated as a bonus track two versions of his new social court “Ya Comenzó” which calls for peace and harmony in the world in these difficult times we are living. The second version included the participation of the living legend of the Salsa “Rubén Blades”.
LUIS ENRIQUE received a recognition for his invaluable contribution to the salsa genre (La Salsa Star Walk of Fame 2015, Doral – Florida). And in his native Nicaragua, he was honored for his 27 years of artistic life, with a show in which a group of Nicaraguan artists performed their renowned songs in a huge event called ‘Son Nica’ in its sixth edition. With an unstoppable professional rhythm, the artist currently works as a coach of the talent television platform La Voz, in Peru, sharing roles with Gian Marco, Eva Ayllon and Alex Lora.
At the same time, the interpreter lives the excitement of the nomination for the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards in the following categories: Best Salsa Album: JUKEBOX and Best Tropical Song: IT ALREADY BEGAN.
Luis Enrique tells us about his story:
“I came to the genre when I understood that you could make music to dance, without sacrificing a good message“, tells Luis Enrique who brings with him the rhythm of his tradition and his people since he left his land more than 30 years ago.
Surrounded by a family where music was paramount, his interest in innovation and creation was latent since his childhood in Managua.
Excited to develop, he moved to the United States since 1978, moving to the city of Los Angeles. Inspired by jazz music and american rhythm and blues, he added new sounds to his compositions.
But all the roads took him to the salsa. He appears in the city of Miami in an audition to be the leading voice of a salsa band and the demo he recorded that afternoon when he discovers his connection with tropical music, it becomes his first record production in the United States: “Amor de medianoche”, released in 1987 by Sony Discos.
His image, away from the stereotypes of salsa, gained the attention of new audiences, enriching the genre and earning him the nickname of “The Prince of Salsa”.
In 1988 he recorded his second production entitled “Amor y alegría” in Puerto Rico. In addition to achieving immediate successes with his songs “Desesperado”, “Tú no le amas, le temes” and “Compréndelo”, it is during this recording that Isla del Encanto becomes his second homeland.
“Another of the moments that were important in my career was the arrival in Puerto Rico,” he recalls proudly. “Many people in Latin America think I’m Puerto Rican.”
A partir de entonces, la carrera de Luís Enrique gana solidez y sus nuevos discos se convierten en números uno en ventas: “Mi mundo”, “Luces del alma”, “Una historia diferente”, “Luis Enrique Live” – recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles -, “Dilema” and “Luis Enrique”, In addition to a dozen productions recorded in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico and Nicaragua.
But his talent goes beyond his own productions as he has collaborated with other stars such as Gloria Estefan in her classic “Mi tierra” in which Luis Enrique played percussion instruments. On the other hand, he also worked as an instrumentalist in the song “María” performed by Ricky Martin, and in record productions for Chayanne, Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuña and Collective Soul, among others.
Beyond the constant recognitions of the public, represented in the various gold and platinum records that he has received throughout his career, he has added five nominations for the GRAMMY American awards, five nominations and two awards for the Latin GRAMMY, seven awards “Lo Nuestro”, two Ronda awards in Venezuela, as well as recognitions of the Huaco awards in Panama, TV and Novels in Mexico and Colombia, Applause awards, the recognized ACE and ASCAP in the United States.
His latest album with Sony Discos, “Genesis”, brings him closer to the pop genre, transcending the barriers imposed by having been consistent with a style. Two years later, with Polygram Latino as a new record label, he released “Timbalaye”, demonstrating his maturity as a composer, performer and producer, and allowing the Afro-Caribbean influence that he had received to turn over in his compositions.
With the new millennium, he releases his own record label: Chazz Music, distributed by WEA Latina and after five years, he records salsa again in an innovative, fresh way and with his own rhythm. With “Evolución” (2000) and then “Transparente” (2002), he fulfills the roles of producer, author, arranger, musician and performer. A few years later, he recorded “Dentro y Fuera” (2006)”, a way of remembering that regardless of how someone or something is defined, in the end, one always ends up inside oneself, making an internal communion,” he explained.
Luis Enrique, a versatile musician, considered one of the best percussionists of Latin music, is ready to continue reaping successes and receiving awards thanks to his productions and thus re-establishing, once again, why he is called “The Prince of Salsa” .