The Salsa singer Maelo Ruiz has over thirty years of singing romantic themes that have made him the leader of a small group of soneros of this style. And although he is very popular in Europe, the United States, and Latin America with his catchy songs and great commercial hook, you may not know everything about this artist. For that, we are going to tell you 11 things about the Salsa´s “Cuchi, Cuchi” little known to make you stand out among his fans.
1- Ismael Ruiz Hernández, better known as Maelo Ruiz ““El boricua de la Salsa”, was really born in New York (United States) in the late 60s and moved to Puerto Rico at 4 years old. He began his musical career at 16 years old at Escuela Libre de Música de Caguas under the direction of Juan Pacheco.
2- In 2007 Maelo was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, in the best Salsa Album category for his album “Puro Amor”.
3- He has been a supporting singer for the artist Willie González on several opportunities.
4- He is a partner of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara Campus Tabasco, where he supports young students to continue with their musical careers.
5- The Romantic Salsero has not had gastric bypass surgery for fear of a possible alteration of his vocal register.
6- Maelo Ruiz hasn’t composed any of the songs on his albums. “I don’t like writing songs. I leave that to the masters because they are the ones who compose and I sing. That is my philosophy.” He said to an international social medium.
7- He doesn’t know how to dance. No matter how hard he made, “he has two left feet.”
8- After the failure of his first two albums as a solo: “Experience” (1996) and “Maelo Ruiz” (1999), the Salsa singer had to cut the grass in the parks to survive. As an anecdote, he related that one day a lady heard him singing while doing his daily work and told him: “Boy, stop mowing the grass and dedicate yourself to singing with that beautiful voice you have.” Those words again prompted him to continue in the Salsa world.
9- In 2013, a Venezuelan lady stole the semen of the “Por favor señora” vocalist from a human reproduction institution, Fertilab, located in Venezuela. Artificial insemination was without Sonero´s consent and it produced unrecognized twin girls in September 2014.
10- The video with the highest number of reproductions of the singer on the YouTube site is the single “He vuelto por ti” with 60 million views until now, followed by “Te va a doler” with 42 million.
11- And finally, inside of the list: Maelo Ruiz’s 11 Things you didn’t know is his most successful soloist album: “En Tiempo De Amor” launched in 2003. This album has 11 songs, such as: “Por favor señora”, “Te va a doler”, “Así no se da el amor”, “Si volvieras a mí”, among others.
Who is Maelo Ruiz?
Ismael Ruiz Hernández, better known as Maelo Ruiz, was born in New York City in 1966, but at the age of 4, he moved with his family to Puerto Rico where his parents are originally from.
In 1994 he released his first record production as a soloist, which included the renowned song: “Te Necesita Mi Amor”, which ranked # 1 on the list of tropical music for four weeks in Latin American countries such as Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and cities of the United States: Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. Likewise, Maelo is credited as Best Salsero in Peru. And also, he got the Rumba de Oro Award in Ecuador.
Two years later, Ruiz launched his second album which was called “Experiencia” which contained among other hits: “Te Amo”, “El Reloj Cucu”, “La Primera Noche”, “La Dueña De Mi Corazón”.
In 1999 he released the third self-titled album that takes him on a tour around the European continent, promoting themes such as: “Oh Mujer”, “A Media Luz” y “Maldito”.
His fourth CD “En Tiempo de Amor” (2004) was directed by Diego Galé, highlighting themes such as: “Así Eres Tú” by Axel Martínez, “Será Que Si” by Luis Lambis, and two ballads: “Por favor Señora” by Juan C. Calderón and the popular song “Te Va a Doler” by Álvaro Torres.
During 2007, Maelo premiered his album “Puro Corazón”, where he decided to do the cover: “Entrégate” from Luis Miguel originally, “Amor, Amor” by Camilo Sesto and “He Vuelto Por Ti” by Myriam Hernández, and whose album was nominated for The Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album.Inicio