The Mercadonegro project was born when three Latin-American musicians, emigrants in Europe for love, met with Bibomusic’s producer. The four friends, strongly feeling the emotions, the problems of the emigrants, the legacy of their Latin culture, have kept their musical heart in Latin America. They therefore decided to spread throughout the world the sounds of these countries, together with new beats and vibes, expressive of their own style and of the new musical and life experiences they were making abroad. On this basis they created Mercadonegro.
The group was named Mercadonegro not to forget the roots and the legacy of Afro-American music, and also to describe the difficult pattern, for a group of young and almost unknown musicians, to become popular and appreciated worldwide, starting from an unexpected location for Latin-American music, and with a young and independent label, Bibomusic.
The musical founders of Mercadonegro are:
- José Armando Miranda, born in 1974 in La Habana, Cuba, the lead singer and the author of many of the songs of Mercadonegro.
- Cesar Correa, the son of two well known Peruvian musicians, was born in 1975 in Trujillo, Peru. Cesar plays piano and keyboards as only few masters in the world can do. He is one of the musical authors, and the musical director of the orchestra.
- Rodrigo Rodriguez was born in 1974 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia’s most Caribbean town. Rodrigo, who sings, plays timbales and much other percussion, writes, like Armando, some of the most successful songs of the group, and is a very versatile artist and showman.
The three young musicians were separately selected by the salsa violinist Alfredo de la Fé to play with him in several different tours; remarkably they performed in the last two European tours made by the late Mrs. Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa.
This first group of friends made then a selection among the Latin musicians living in Europe who shared their views and their inspired tension to the reach of an important and difficult task, creating in this way a twelve-fourteen hard core of professional musicians orchestra for the great live events.
After a long and very accurate work in Bibomusic’s recording studios, was finally written and produced „Bailalo!” Mercadonegro’s first CD, whose quality, strength and original style are still undisputed, thanks also to the work made by the sound engineer Josè Mendoza, the Venezuelan master engaged for the project. „Bailalo!“! Was dedicated to all the emigrants and to the families and the friends they had to left (ref. song Regresarè, by Rodrigo Rodriguez).
„Mercadonegro llegò“ is the name of the opening song of „Bailalo!” a track that was immediately recognized as a super dance hit by dancers and DJs, leading the charts for several months, and it’s still a floor hit. Other very successful songs were Salsa pa’l Bailador, Eso me duele, and Regresaré.
Immediately after the release of „Bailalo!“ the quality and Mercadonegro’s original Salsa were discovered and then divulgated by the most qualified DJ’s and Latin music web sites, pioneered by www.descarga.com and www.salsaartists.com in the U.S.A., www.salsa.ch, www.salsa.it , www.salsafrance.com , www.ondatropical.it, www.soysalsero.com, www.discolatino.com, www.salpikon.com, www.salsapaca.com and many, many others all around the world. The support from these free and independent websites was the sign of a new era in the communications and in the music system, and the best start for the new born project of Mercadonegro.
During these years, Mercadonegro has rapidly become the most interesting new act in high quality Latin music, starring at the most important jazz festivals, latin and world music festivals, like „Umbria Jazz“ in Italy, „Lugano Estival Jazz“ in Switzerland, „Vic Fenzensac“, „Paris Jazz Festival“, „Marseilles Féte de la Ville“ in France, „Red Sea Jazz Festival“ in Israel, „Rotskild“ in Denmark, „Fiesta“ in Rome, „Latinoamericando“ in Milan, etc. often with TV live coverage, all over Europe and the Mediterranean regions.
Mercadonegro and Bibomusic‘s work have surely influenced in the last years a new wave of interest for salsa and katin music dances in Europe, which has now become a continent were all the American latin stars desire to perform, and where all the Latin musicians living there have seen the possibility to successfully improve and develop their professional careers.
Mercadonegro has just released under Bibomusic’s label its second and long awaited CD, „Salsa Pa’l Mundo Entero“, containing many tracks already at the top of the salsa charts, as „La Bendicion“,“ La Guarachera de Cuba“, „Llegò la Hora“, „A los Orishas“, „Jamas“, „Pa’l Callao“, „Yo Soy el Son“, „La Malanga“, „El Negro“, etc.
During the last years, Mercadonegro, thanks to its high reputation as top live band, performing an irresistible „salsa dura“, the one beloved by dancers, has been invited to play at many international congresses and salsa festivals.