Charlie Santiago
Country of Residence:
Puerto Rico

Charlie Santiago was born on January 5th, 1971 in the city of New York where he grew up until his six years of age when his family headed back to Puerto Rico. He started getting involved in music by playing the congas with the church band in 1984. He then becomes a member of his school band with whom he traveled through the whole island playing in concerts and competitions. At the age of sixteen he starts playing professionally at different hotels in Puerto Rico. It was until he was 19 that he begins working in different appearances with shows such as Danny Rivera, Chucho Avellanet, “Los Hispanos”, Glenn Monroig, “Proyecto M”, among others. In 1992 he was given the opportunity to be a part of the house band of the Puerto Rican TV program, “En Serio?” Con Silverio, for three years. The program was a Puerto Rican version of the David Letterman program.

He then takes a higher step in his career by working with worldwide known orchestras of Salsa such as Angel Javier, Cano Estremera, Willie Rosario, Pedro Morales, “Don Perignon”, who accompanied Celia Cruz when she used to come to Puerto Rico, Hector Tricoche, Ismael Miranda, Luisito Carrión, and Edwin Rivera. He has had the chance of performing with artist such as Gilberto Santarosa, Cheo Feliciano, Santos Colon, Olga Tañon, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Rey De La Paz, Tito Allen, Luigi Texidor, Pedro Brull, Sully Díaz, Lalo Rodríguez, Domingo Quiñones, Liliana Rodriguez, among others with whom he has traveled to many cities around the world.

In 1998 he begins to use Remo’s congas, making him the first conga player in Puerto Rico to use this brand; he therefore becomes the official company’s endorser in the island. He has been loyal to this company, being it the only brand that has used since 1998. He has used these congas for productions such as Glenn Monroig’s “A Papi”, Anibal de Gracia y Batuquealo Volume I & II, Angel Javier, and many other jingles that have been heard in the local radio. In 2009 he takes the initiative of founding his own salsa orchestra named, “Charlie Santiago y SALSABOR” accompanied by the singer Luis Vergara who is the winner of a Grammy in 1984 for Eddie Palmiery’s production “Palo pa Rumba”. In 2012 he starts recording his first production, “El Que Toca es Salsabor”, which will be available for sale in January of 2014, where the Remo congas work once again with Charlie and make an appearance in the CD’s image.

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