Salsa and bolero composer and singer Cheo Feliciano, reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee, singer-songwriter Ednita Nazario and alto saxophone player Eddie “La Bala” (the Bullet) Perez, who died in August, are some of the artists who will be inducted next year into Puerto Rico’s Music Hall of Fame, organizers said.
The other musicians to be honored on March 27 are Humberto Ramirez; Alberto Carrion; Jesus Sanchez Erazo (1900-1979), better known as “Chuito, el de Bayamon”; Jose Nogueras; and the Dominican merengue group Conjunto Quisqueya.
The 50-year-old Ramirez, an acclaimed trumpet and flugelhorn player who was one of the few artists on hand for Tuesday’s official announcement, told Efe he was “very honored” but also “surprised” to be selected.
“Surprised because I think there’s still so much left for me to do and so much music to make. It’s a tremendous honor to be considered, nominated and selected for the Music Hall of Fame,” Ramirez, who has shared the stage with legendary Latin jazz musician Tito Puente (1923-2000) during his 30-year career, added.
Ramirez, who also has been a member of the salsa orchestras of Willie Rosario and Tony Vega, recognized the other Hall of Fame inductees as “masters” and “important figures in our musical culture” whom he has admired since he was a young child.
“Being at their side and being mentioned on this list is a tremendous blessing,” the four-time Grammy nominee said.
Puerto Rico’s Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 to recognize the contributions of the island’s musicians, singers and composers, as well as others who in one form or another have promoted the music profession on the U.S. commonwealth.