Artist profile – Luis Enrique

No matter what city you are in, if you’ve been to any Latin clubs or salsa socials, you’ve likely already heard this song:

Yo No Sé Mañana exploded onto the salsa scene four years ago and quickly became “the song” that guarantees to get all dancers running onto the dance floor, replacing the slew of Marc Anthony songs as the new go-to for romantic salsa. It presents a potent mix of pop styling and irresistible Latin rhythm; add in a strong vocal backed up by a catchy chorus, and you have a song that people ask the DJs to play again and again and again.

Today, I would like to introduce you to the singer of this hit, Luis Enrique, also known as “El Principe de la Salsa”, or the Prince of Salsa.

Luis Enrique was born in Nicaragua, and entered the United States in 1978 at the age of 16, settling in Los Angeles. Without any formal musical education growing up, Luis studied and observed his favorite performers as his only preparation for his upcoming musical career. Luis never expected to become a salsa singer, but when he auditioned for a local salsa group that was looking for a lead singer, he impressed the group so much that they took him straight to the studio to cut a demo, which earned him his first record deal with Sony in 1987. His first success came a year later in 1988 with the release of his second album, Amor y Alegria, earning him international fame and recognition.

Since then, Luis has been a leading force behind the salsa romantica movement, popularizing the more contemporary approach to salsa music. Some people have credited Luis Enrique for setting up the success for other artists such as La India and even Marc Anthony, and bringing salsa music (in its popularized form) back into the mainstream.

Luis’s biggest breakthrough this decade was his 2009 album, Ciclos, which includes the hit song Yo No Sé Mañana, earning him the number one spot on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart, multiple Latin Grammy nominations, as well as the 2010 Grammy Award for the Best Tropical Latin Album.

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2 thoughts on “Artist profile – Luis Enrique

  1. Gah! Oh my goodness, as soon as I saw “Yo no se manana” I clicked over excitedly. I lived in Spain last year, and spent nine months learning salsa, kizomba, bachata, etc. This song was on every night (of course!) and was the first one the rest of my “guiri” girlfriends and I could sing along to…haha, so fun to hear it again! Have been wanting to check out classes at Azucar, hope to see you soon!:)

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