By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
Gilberto Santa Rosa, also known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa), hails from Puerto Rico and has been entertaining audiences as a bandleader and singer of salsa and bolero since the 1970s.
If your tastes run more to the wild gyrations and visual excitement of today’s modern artists, then you’d likely be disappointed by Gilberto’s smoother rhythms and relatively staid delivery ñ none of which mattered to a very large crowd.
His musical elegance and style has made him one of the most prominent figures in popular Latin music. The response of the crowd, dancing in the aisles, adds to the countless accolades in the recording industry that reaffirm his validity through the years. He’s won the 2002 ASCAP Latin Heritage Award, six GRAMMY awards – most recently, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. His consistency as one of the most listened to recording artists on the radio, having achieved 14 number one hits on Billboardís Tropical Airplay chart, record sales history including a multitude of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum album certifications, and the Guinness World Record Holder of the most #1ís on Billboardís Tropical albums chart (12 in total) make him one of the most successful Latin music vocalists in the world. And judging from the number of tykes and teens grooving to his sounds, that success will continue for at least a couple more generations.
To borrow words from another Latin artist, the rhythm is gonna get you!
If you want to check out Gilberto’s music, watch this video:
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.