New Bilingual Vinyl CD "SOY" Distinto Y Diferente Is Available!
Wito Rodriguez"s Annouonces Soy Caribe, a hit single, off his new bilingual project in CD & Vinyl
About the album:
Wito Rodriquez is proud to announce, to his fans, friends and family, the release of his third solo album. For nearly a year and a half, Wito collaborated with great composers and musicians from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela to construct the new recording which reflects his unique, one-of-a-kind sound and style. The tunes on the album bring together different favors of the Salsa rhythms with meaningful lyrics; at the same time, the musicians have ample freedom of expression heard in their solos, making this recording
a valuable contribution to the music industry. Credits and Gratitude:
“I want to thank my musical Director “Dovelin Primera” who has been my anchor in finding the right tunes which make my album “SOY” distinct and different. Also, I thank all the composers and arrangers. Most of all, I want to thank my Manager and Promotions Director “Jenny Morales” for sticking with me throughout this whole journey. To my graphic designer, Leo Arvizu, my love goes out to you for making every promo pic a professional one. Last, but not least, I thank the great professional studio engineers; their names are in the credits. I am so happy to have a great person in my life that has valued my passion. She is my friend, partner and wife. Music will always bring love. I am happy to be living it." - Wito
About Wito Rodriquez:
Irwin “Wito” Rodriguez was born in Chicago of Puerto Rican parents. He began his music journey as a singer and musician. During his teen years, he performed with a Rock and Roll band as a guitar player. In1968, Wito moved to “La Isla Del Encanto”, Puerto Rico, to find his musical roots and experience the spicy sounds of his beloved Latin Rhythm. His first encounter in the Salsa Genre was with a 60’s Puerto Rican percussionist named “Chacon y Su Orquesta”, with whom he learned Latin rhythms like the Guaguanco, Boogaloo, Mozambique, etc. Chacon was his trainer in Latin percussion instruments; during this training, Wito also fell in love with the maracas.
Wito returned to Chicago in 1971 to join “Orquesta La Justicia” a local band that opened shows for artists like Ismael Rivera, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, El Gran Combo and the legendary “Fania All-Stars”. Like many young men in 1973, he joined the United States Army and was deployed to Europe. During his stay in Germany, Wito took singing lessons with Opera singer Barbra Sutton and, at the same time, created two bands by the names of “El Conjunto Sabor” and “La Sonora Antillana”. These orchestras accompanied artists from the Salsa field like Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Tito Allen, Santitos Colon, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez and the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz.
After his discharge from the military, Wito joined forces with German bandleader Rudi Fuesers and gave birth to Europe’s Salsa orchestra “Conexion Latina”. With Conexion Latina, Wito recorded two albums; “Calorcito” and “Un Poco Loco”. He also had the great experience of recording two songs with Big Band Leader and arranger, Peter Herbolzheimer.
During the late ’80s, Wito wanted to expand his horizons by forming his own groups called “Wito Rodriguez and Orchestra” and “Wito Con Cache”.
Missing his family and friends, Wito “crossed the pond” to return to the United States and finish his Army career. Never leaving his passion for music behind, a new big band sound was in his mind, and once again he returned to the limelight with Wito Rodriguez Salsa Jazz Orchestra under the guidance and musical direction of trumpet player and arranger, Gino Picart.
“What a Wonderful World” or “Que Mundo Maravilloso” was released January, 2015. In 2016 , along with many live performances, a new album was produced and recorded between Venezuela South America and Orlando, Florida. The latest production named “Como el Viento” was released in 2017. This album contains a compilation of songs recorded over the years in Europe that never made it to the western hemisphere. In 2018, Wito released another CD named “The Best of Wito” which is a mix of all the song preferences fans like best.
“As a bilingual singer, I am blessed to bring to the music industry, through my songs (by singing them in English and Spanish), a unity through my music in a mix of salsa and R&B.” - Wito
In the year 2018. Wito was blessed to be nominated at the (HMMA) Hollywood Music Media Awards in Los Angeles, CA in November 2018. He was also an honoree in the Fox Music Awards USA, Miami in Nov 2018 in which he was honored for being an Army Veteran Salsero Singer. Chicago Salsa Congress was one of his big events in 2018!
Currently, Wito has four singles that he released from his new Album which are available on most major digital outlets. The singles are: Soy Caribe, Yo No Te Echo La Culpa, Always and Forever, and Now and Forever. Wito is thrilled to release "Soy Caribe", the hit single off his new bilingual project in CD & Vinyl