Interview with Manny Cepeda “El Salsero Clasico”
In the studios of Bereavision with one of the best exponents of the Latin American music.
Bereavision TV El Monte, CA February 2, 2013. – Manny Cepeda was born in Puerto Rico one of the metropolises of the musical genre of salsa, where he studied at a young age in the ” Escuela Libre de Música ” in the Pablo Casals Conservatory. One of the most important impulses in his career was winning a scholarship “Interlochen Music Camp” in Traverse City, Michigan. And in order to firmly establish itself he continued his studies at Illinois State University where he also graduated, also attended the Ellington University in New Orleans and the University of La Verne in Naples, Italy.
“… I come from a musical family the Cepeda from Bomba and Plena in Puerto Rico, I did my studies in school in a very important public school called Escuela Libre de Música…” The Salsero Clasico, told us during the interview.
Among his many talents he is an expert percussionist, composer, singer and arranger. He has been involved in music for over fifty years, and from the age of seven as a professional with his official musical Identification Card. Based on its long experience in the tropical rhythms, he has managed to have his own salsa band in the city of San Diego, California. Besides composing his own music and combinations of styles, also offers teaching Latin Jazz music for musicians who are interested in learning more about this art form.
An important detail that I wanted to touch in this interview, was the source of inspiration for his songs and rhythms. I was impressed by the fact that our interviewee was the lead in the musical band of the U.S. Army. We also found that his first record in his career was called Dove (Paloma), a CD dedicated to his wife in the year of 2004 and his last album recorded entitled Dear Father (Padre Querido) was dedicated to his father who lived to the age of 92, Mr. Leonides Rivera.
“The inspiration comes from my many countries that I have visited … I served 31 years of military service at the head of musical bands as important as The Navy Steel Band... “, mentioned Manny as an example in the second question.
With this interview I learned that even Mexico has its own very defined tropical rhythms in the salsa style.
“…My music reflects much these experiences, one thing I do differently from other composers, is that I mix rhythms, for example I have a cumbia just written here in San Diego. And the cumbia has Mexican cumbia, but this is actually a mix of Salsa and cumbia… ” said Cepeda with emotion.
A composer who is bringing his multifaceted creative flavor to the musical culture of Salsa. El Salsero Clasico, is classified by its position in the pace of the class conservative assonance of hot music. Well let me tell you that if you like to know more about the music, biography, presentations of Manny Cepeda, visit his website www.mannycepeda.com, to find more details of Manny.
“So the fusion of rhythms I love, I have a song called-Chévere-, for example, and has samba from Brazil, sobo tone from Cuba, Cumbia, Bolero, Salsa and Merengue all in a song…” added our Mr. Cepeda to give us a taste of the work he is doing right now.
By Jose Rodriguez/02.02.13