The first time I ever met Don Sonero, aka Gilberto Velazquez, was at the filming of the eagerly anticipated, Being Latino PSA. After he read the cue cards, Gilberto started singing acapella and the hairs on my neck stood up. All I could think was, “This man has a voice on him!”
The second time I saw Don Sonero, there were a dozen women who agreed with me and kept trying to dance for him, while blocking my view. Naturally, I used what my Mama gave me and not-so-gently got them out of my way. That evening, he was singing cover songs, previously recorded by other Salsa greats, and I found myself looking forward to see what he would do with original material.
“La Verdadera Escena” is the very first recording I ever downloaded. I’m old-school, my Itunes library consists of the cds I actually own, so downloading and adding this to my library without consulting my IT department, aka my kids, was a major step in my musical evolution. And let me just say, it was so worth it.
The first lyrics you hear are, “Don Sonero ha llegado aqui a cantar la salsa dura que te pona a ti a gozar…” and you are already dancing in your chair. The first song is a shout out to all the Salsa greats that set the standard for great Salsa music; Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, and El Conde among others.
The recording is a delightful mix of Salsa Dura, where the strong percussion and horns take the lead, Salsa Romantica, where Don Sonero’s voice and lyrics send you down a path that leads to a gazebo draped in roses, and the title song where Don Sonero sings about the stereotypes that afflict the urban Latino population.
If you love Salsa music, check out Don Sonero’s “La Verdardera Escena” now available.
“La Salsa que el pueblo pide, con sabor la traigo yo.”