Jose Alberto Justiniano”El Canario”
Creating a musical style of any kind is always a challenge but creating a sub-genre of a beloved sound is even harder. That is exactly what Dominican singer and musician Jose Alberto did in the early 1980s. First as a singer of Tipica ’73, a renowned salsa orchestra from the 1970s, he is a master sonero who can whistle the way others sing. His skills earned him the nickname “El Canario.” He would leave to form his own band in 1983 and release his first album Dance With Me which would establish the genre of salsa romantica as it is known today (we’re looking at you Marc Anthony).