Gilberto Santa Rosa Has a Fresh Face and Album

Known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa), Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa  has been lauded for his improvisational skill on the mic ever since he started in the mid-‘80s. Fast forward twenty-plus years later and the suave crooner is still showcasing his lyrical dexterity, and nowadays he’s doing it without his trademark mustache. Yes, he shaved off the Tom Selleck–like 'stash for his upcoming 25th album, Irrepetible (out June 29; Sony Records). But not to worry, it doesn’t sound like his musical prowess was dependent on that little swath of hair.

“All my CDs are a product of an evolution and I try to make each and every one unrepeatable,” said Santa Rosa in reference to the title of the record. “[It’s] an album that has its own personality and a lot of me.” The 10-track salsa production includes weighty collaborations with Boricua singer-songwriter Kany Garcia, Dominican merenguero Johnny Ventura, Venezuelan super group Guaco, Colombian vallenato artist Felipe Peláez. Santa Rosa also worked with Panamanian legend Ruben Blades, with whom he recorded “Me Cambiaron las Preguntas,” a booming anthem about the complicated world in which we live that’ll make you want to get up and dance.

While we wait for the album to drop, here's the first single, "Vivir sin ti," for your listening pleasure.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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