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:: Bio ::

:: Rigo Ruiz, singer ::

Rigo started his musical career in Colombia when he was 18. He made his débuts on stage with profesional orchestras from his town : Caribe Son, the orchestra of Maestro Toño Beltran, Alfonso y su Octava Potencia, la Monumental y sus Perlas Negras, and many others. He recorded his first album with the Cariaco group in Medellin, directed by Maestro Ruper Sierra. He shared this work with prestigious musicians such as Galé Brothers, Luis Gaviria, Ostwal Serna. He also colaborated with famous artists such as Checo Acosta, with whom he made an international tour.

Then he moved to Cali, where he was invited to contribute to a single recording with Herencia Latina. In 1992, he had the opportunity to gain experience with another international tour in South America and in the USA.

In 1999, he's heading for Europe with Maracay Salsa (Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy), and also in the West Indies and in France. He sings with El Barrio and La Son Charanga on famous stages : Paris (Le Divan du Monde, le New Morning, la Scène), la Rochelle (Festival Les Francofolies), Corsica (Porto Latino, St Florent).

Since then, Rigo has settled in Toulouse, south of France. His strong attachment to his cultural roots and his deep desire to share his passion for afro-caribean music, lead him to create his own band.

In January 2007, Rigo is back to Colombia to work on a new production. There in Cali, he records his new album entitled El Tambo no miente, a return to his cultural roots and the caribean coast fragrances. This album includes a salsa version of Charles Aznavour's song Et Pourtant, and 10 original compositions where today's salsa mixes up with the magic of afro-colombian traditional rhythms that are dear to Rigo's heart.

In December 2009, and back again to his cultural and family roots, Rigo records a new single in Cali. The new production perfectly reflects the diversity of his inspiration.

The first song, entitled Benkos Bioho, tells the story of a XVIth century hero who leaded the armed uprising of African slaves deported on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, around Cartagena, freed his brothers and died as a martyr. The second song Mañana te dire is clearly a tribute to the romantic salsa tradition and carries a heartfull of emotion.


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