newCheo Valenzuela, “El Sonero de la Dulzura”
We are pleased to have as a special guest in our salsa column, one of the vocalists possessing a unique, admirable and respected quality of interpretation, which has stood out in our country and abroad, bringing his flavor and swing with great professionalism and hierarchy. We are talking about Cheo Valenzuela, “El Sonero de la Dulzura”, born in Cantaura, Anzoátegui state, on January 24th.
At the age of 7 he moved with his family to the city of Caracas, settling in one of the most popular parishes: La Pastora. Welcome Cheo to Salsa Escrita, “La Columna Salsera de Barquisimeto” and International Salsa Magazine, www.salsamundi.com.
Thank you, friend and professor Carlos Colmenárez, for giving me the opportunity to be present in this tribune of our Afro-Caribbean music, which serves us to make known our talents and musical projects and thus be able to interact with its assiduous readers in Venezuela and around the world.
Cheo, to begin with, we would like you to tell us how were your beginnings in music? Carlos, at the age of 14 I began my career as a salsa performer and with time I was called to join quite renowned orchestras.
Such as Cheo? I belonged to the Latin Dimension, then Oscar D’León called me and I was at his side with his orchestra; later I joined “Nuestra Orquesta la Salsa Mayor”; later I was called by “La Sonora Antillana”; then I joined the groups: Rumbero Menor, Venezuelan Master Orchestra, Orquesta los Latinos, among others. Nowadays I have my own salsa orchestra “Cheo Valenzuela y su Orquesta” and also my own bolero group, called “Cheo Valenzuela y su Ensamble”.
Excellent Cheo, we really admire your work, which has been persevering and over the years, continues to rise steadily, with national and international projection. Yes, Carlos, let me tell you, apart from thanking you for inviting me to your salsa column, that I launched myself into the market as a soloist some time ago and I currently have two musical productions, the first one entitled “Cheo Valenzuela and his Orchestra is you”.
This CD is made up of traditional salsa, romantic salsa, bolero, son and ballads. Dear salsa lovers and consistent readers, let me tell you that Cheo, every time he gets on stage, shows off all his musical talent with total stage control, since he is a sonero, backed by multiple experiences acquired in his presentations, both in Venezuela and in the different countries he has visited.
Cheo, what can you tell us about your current musical situation? Professor Carlos, at present I am presenting for the consideration of all music lovers the new promotional theme that is part of my second musical production, which is called “Salsa buena”, a theme of my authorship, with musical arrangements by the Venezuelan pianist, trombonist and singer Mauricio Silva, which we hope will be to the complete satisfaction of all of you. Of course, it will be a success, my friend Cheo, because your productions always carry an indisputable quality seal. By the way, what are your digital platforms and contacts? You can get me as Cheo Valenzuela in all social networks, you can also do it by email: [email protected] and Valenzuela [email protected] and for bookings by phone +58 424 1044822 and +58 416 6388420.
At the end of the interview, let me say that it was an honor to have you in Salsa Escrita “La Columna Salsera de Barquisimeto” and wishing you continue to succeed inside and outside our country, so that we all enjoy Cheo Valenzuela “El Sonero de la Dulzura”. A thousand thanks, Professor Carlos Colmenárez, for your unconditional friendship and for giving me a space in your column through International Salsa Magazine, also predicting successes in bulk and that you continue to support us in order to make our productions and presentations known, very soon in the name of God. Bendiciones Carlos and counts with the friendship of Cheo Valenzuela “Con Dulzura” and a lot of salsa…!
Briefs: The former vocalist of La Sonora Ponceña, the minor chorus player and percussionist, the always sonero, the one who is measured at anything and who is now a soloist, Héctor Pichie Pérez, is in delicate health, in an intensive care unit, in a hospital in his native Ponce, Puerto Rico. We mourn the death of Puerto Rican singer Overt Elena, vocalist of the Conjunto del Amor “Chaney,” who lost the battle against Covid-19. Overt, in addition to music, was a paramedic. On July 17, Roberto Roena Aponte, the son of the legendary Puerto Rican salsa musician of the same name, died in Carolina, San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the age of 56, in strange circumstances.
Salsa events: (31-07-1973) Geraldo Jerry Rivera “Cara de Niño” was born in Humocao, Puerto Rico; a successful Puerto Rican singer who based his proposal on the so-called salsa ballad. (02-08-1924) born in Villas Palmeras, Santurce, Puerto Rico, Rafael Dávila Rosario “Chivirico Dávila”, brave and legendary boricua sonero. (02-08-1942) born in Havana, Cuba, Juan Formell, famous and legendary bassist, arranger, composer, producer and director of “El Tren de la Alegría”, “Los Van Van”; he had his beginnings with “Orquesta Rubalcaba”, “La Orquesta de Peruchín” and “La Orquesta de Elio Revé”. (05-08-2003) Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso “La Pluma de la Salsa” dies in Maryland, United States. Extraordinary salsa composer and famous author of more than 2,000 songs such as: Anacaona, Piraña, Lamento de Concepción, Periódico de ayer, Plantación adentro, Los entierros and many more.
Did you know: “La Orquesta Sociedad Anónima” from Panama, will launch its new song in homage to maestro Francisco Buckey (Bush), on Friday July 31st at 7:30 p.m., through its Youtube channel. The theme is a version of the classic “Mariana Soba”
Salsa lexicon: “Clave”, are two cylindrical pieces of hard wood that are percussed against each other: this simple percussion is the backbone where Latin music is supported, as it generates the rhythmic beat and the main pulsation. On beats 3-2, the “son” is marked and on beats 2-3, the “guaguancó” is marked.
Radio: Program “Al Ritmo de la Salsa Escrita”, with Carlos Colmenárez and Alicio Silva by Gerencia 91.7 FM, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. Program “Por la Maceta Internacional” with Augusto Felibertt, through http://opcionfmradio.blogspot.com/, Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Program “Archivo Caribeño”, with Gherson Maldonado, by Salsa Caribe 102.3 FM, Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Remember not to leave your house…! Until next time and let’s keep on saucing!