Tribute to Ismael Rivera: “Al Son de Maelo II”


The tribute to the great Ismael “Maelo” Rivera—also known as “el Sonero Mayor” (my favorite salsa vocalist of all time)—will be held, for the second year, this Sunday, December 15, 2019, starting at 1:30pm at the Juan Morel Campos Square of the Center of Fine Arts in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The music of our “Sonero Mayor,” Ismael Rivera will be heard loudly this Sunday at the second edition of “Al Son de Maelo,” which will be held free of charge at Plaza Juan Morel Campos of the Center of Fine Arts of Santurce.

In this activity—presented by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) and the Ismael Rivera Foundation (FIR)—we will have the participation of Michael Stuart, Choco Orta “La Reina del Sabor,” veteran Gerardo Rivas, Ito Andino, Nahyra Pérez, Wito Colón, and Víctor García, among others.

This town festival promotes the legacy of one of our greatest exponents of music and seeks to support the work of the Ismael Rivera Foundation in preserving that important legacy, especially for new generations, as reported in a press release. The project works through different cultural foci: the musical platform of our artists, an educational program with community impact, and support for local crafts.

ICP executive director Carlos Ruiz Cortés said, “We hope you will join us to celebrate the legacy of one of our greatest exponents of Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean music, Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera. We are making culture. It is a privilege for us to honor the life and artistic work of this great Puerto Rican [musician] together with the Ismael Rivera Foundation and great exponents of music that join this celebration.”

Article translated by Ivette Romero. For original article (in Spanish), see

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