Ritmo Caribe was founded by world-renowned musician, composer, arranger and lead vocalist, Manny Cepeda, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
His passion and love for music was developed as a young boy and is rooted in a rich family history of musical professionals. Performing and thrilling audiences since the age of 7, first as the “Timbales Player” in the higher acclaimed variety TV “Show de Vigoreaux” in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Channel 4.
His musical experience of over 48 years makes him a fountain of knowledge in the Latin Music genre. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois, Champagne, Urbana.
He was the leader of the famous Navy Steel Band and the world traveled U.S. Navy Show Band, he toured the entire continent of South America and West and South Africa, Caribbean and Europe doing 7 world tours and 164 concerts and festivals within a 7 year period.
As a professional musician he has performed on stage with famous bands such as “Babo Jimenez, Ricardo Ray, Willie Colon and opened for headliners such as; Tito Puente, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Vega, and Arturo Sandoval.
Manny has written and composed his own original Salsa, Merengue, Cumbias and Cuban selections for the enjoyment of Hispanic and American audiences throughout the World. This concept of music appeals to people from all walks of life but is especially suited for audiences 25 to 45 of both genders.
Manny Cepeda Orchestra was formed in April 2004. Its main purpose was to bring Manny Cepeda’s Original Salsa and Merengüe selections as well as current Classic Salsa/Merengüe and Cuban music style to Mexican as well as American audiences throughout the greater San Diego area, the different surrounding towns as well as Los Angeles and its suburbs. The concept of the music from the Caribbean, Salsa, Merengüe, and Cuban music creates a flavour of Latin music unique to this musical group.
The group functions as a mix of live performance and the highest technological aide of Sample Sequenced Music to create a total entertainment performance certain to satisfy all Latin styles of music. You’ve got to hear these four individuals make the best music in San Diego. The core of the group is made of Manny Cepeda, vocalist, composer and leader, Monica Smith, lead vocalist and Ernie Becquer, vocalist and percussionist. When a larger venue is required, there are able to increase their group by adding a two or three horn section and 1 more vocalist. The result is an amazing blend of technology and live performance unequalled in the entire West Coast.
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