On this occasion we have the opportunity to interview the Peruvian Sonera called Fanny Almanera also known as La Sonera del Callao, her nickname comes from her native country El Callao, Peru.
She was born on January 23 and is the 9th daughter of her parents (Don Héctor Almenara and Carmen Barreto), from a very young age she knew and learned many things about the music of both parents; in the lyrical genre thanks to his mother and his best teacher Dona Ana María Parodi and with respect to his father who is / was a collector of the best exponents of Salsa (especially Cuban and Puerto Rican music), both listened almost all the time to Justo Betancourt, La Lupe, Candido Fabre, Benny More, Ismael Rivera, Los Papines, Irakere, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, among others.
When she turned 16, she realized that she was passionately and in love with the dynamic salsa genre and made the decision to leave the choir and classical music, since her love and her taste is for the salsa musical, thanking her father greatly for showing her , show him and listen to the best collection of salsa music to date … “Music is like medicine … it fills the soul and innovates over time” and over time, while gaining his experience, his own audience would give him their nickname La Sonera del Callao and with the favor of God take his parents, especially his father, to Cuba.
She also had the honor of participating for the first time in the choir to Junior Gonzales and alternate Grandes with Peruvian Orchestra such as Peru Salsa by Beto Villena, Las Estrellas de la Maquina by Boris Gomez, La Nueva Generación by Franco Covetto, during that time chosen as the best nobel voice of the salsa genre for the 80s; and at the same time he made several recordings for different groups, likewise he recorded an unpublished song of his own entitled “Yo Te Espero”.
Unlike other musicians, Fanny Almanera during this season met and currently has friends of renowned musicians, who interacted with her and her family, even before becoming a singer.
Between the 70s and 80s, Las Leyendas Latinas arrived in Peru with Ray Barreto and Adalberto Santiago, who gave him the great opportunity to sing with them “Quitate La Máscara”, then with Linda Caballero (La India), the song “Mi Primera Rumba ”, Then with the salsa pharaoh Oscar de León with the song“ Toro Mata ”and also with the great Lebrón Brothers with the song“ Sin Negro no hay Guaguancó ”. With the Owner of the Soneo Carlos “El Cano” ESTREMERA the song “Amame en Camara Lenta”, with Frankie Vazquez “El Cuarto de Tula”, with Yolanda Rivera the song “Rumba en el Patio”, Vity Ruiz brother of Frankie Ruiz the song “La Cura”, with Aldalbeto Santiago on the song “Nadie se Salva de la Rumba”.
In all these golden opportunities, he managed to ask her many questions to perfect her singing, including knowing more about how to rhyme the phrases and after a while with her imposing voice, Fanny captured the attention of the greats of salsa, representing Callao and for which the Chalaco people named it “La Sonera Del Callao”.
She tells us that she is very happy with this great experience acquired, especially that she met many internationally recognized artists, many met them in person and others thanks to social networks, expressed by many who have a very beautiful voice, which is why she sang many songs musical expressing that at the time of singing he likes it because it is his passion with all his steps (vocalization, expression, movement).
During the Covid-19 pandemic it affected her like the rest of the world, in her case the recordings of her musical themes could not be made as before since the recording studio did not work as before, she had to sing with a smaller group of people, they couldn’t get together to practice; Although he was on a halt due to the pandemic, he was able to record a challenger “El Virus Se Mata Con Musica”, invited by a Cuban musician which was also recorded by Cuban artists, which was successful as it was heard in different parts of the world.
Thank God, despite all the complications that arose regarding her musical career, she achieved many things during this pandemic and also remained active thanks to social networks and is currently activating social activities in clubs, where They work in small groups live or online.
Fanny Almenara, continues with her impeccable musical career, loving music and recording a song entitled “Amor de mis Amores”, a salsa version with the Orquesta NG del Callao Director Franco Crovetto.
For her vast artistic career, she was awarded by different musical associations and by the company Pinsen Callao, Asocosalsa Peru (Ceremony Tite Curet, Busto Hector Lavoe, Charlie Palmieri and 25 Anniversary of Artistic Life (Okonkolo Association) and a few days ago she received the award The Miami Radio Salsa Superior Award Director Richard Roman (“La Dama De La Salsa” Award)
After his voice reached Cuban pages like the page “Benny More”, “Un Millón De Adalsoneros” and “Al Son Del Pinar Del Rio” She was invited to the day of Son 8 de mayo led by the gentleman of son Adalberto Álvarez, later I also record a song authored by the Reyna del merengue Milly Quezada “Gracias A Ti” dedicated to those who are always in the front line such as doctors and nurses in Covid 19 and the latest that the production of the song La Sitiera Tributo has recorded to the Cuban diva Omara Portuondo in which Nelson Gonzales participated in the tres, Eddie Montalvo on the congas, Nohelia Zambrano from Colombia on the violin and Luis Perico Ortiz on the Trumpet
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