Fulanito performs at the Latin Music & Food Festival in West Palm Beach

Fulanito

Merengue

With over 5 million albums sold throughout the world, they were at one time the top selling act in Colombia, and were placed on other charts including those of Japan, Switzerland, United States, and Chile.

Sunday, September 18 – 4:00 PM

Fulanito is a Dominican-American musical group that combines traditional merengue with other styles (specifically house, hip hop, and bachata among other genres). With over 5 million albums sold throughout the world, they were at one time the top selling act in Colombia, and were placed on other charts including those of Japan, Switzerland, United States, and Chile. Their name means “so-and-so” (i.e. unknown) in Spanish (see Fulano + -ito). Members of Fulanito were formerly with popular groups such as 740 Boyz and 2 in a Room.

The release of “Vacanería!” saw the emergence of Rafael Vargas as he was solidifying his staple as a solo artist. Other artists and producers were invited to participate in the construction of the album to insure variety, depth and a breath of fresh air for Latin hip hop listeners everywhere. Music producers and brothers, Cristian Mendez and Cleyton Mendez, aka Guary & Cleyton, were among one of the contributors to the new album. The duo produced a salsa hip-hop track titled “Pa Que Sepa”, properly utilizing a piece of the Roberto Ruena composition “Que Se Sepa”, and also the track “Mataron El Negro”, cleverly embodying a portion of the composition “El Negron Bembon”, performed by legendary salsero Ismael Rivera. The first single release from the album was “Mira”, which features vocals from Rhingo ‘Truko’ Fernandez. Truko is also featured alongside Magic Juan (former vocalist of the group Proyecto Uno) in the song “Ajena”. “No Hay Otro Como Yo” features salsero Kevin Ceballo singing the hook in Spanglish. “Sabado en La Noche”, a merengue-influenced reggaeton track, was produced by and features Tonny Tun Tun. Two other reggaeton songs on the album are the tracks “Contigo” and “Sigue (Oh Oh)”. The Arabian-flavored club track “Culebrita” was produced by Rahdeekhal.

In 2007, the album garnered Rafael his second Grammy Nomination in the best Latin Urban Urban Album category.

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