The house of Hacienda El Paraíso or Casa de la Sierra, was built between 1816 and 1828, by Don Victor Cabal, a cattle rancher from Bugueño and ex-mayor of Cali. On June 20, 1854 it was sold to Don Jorge Enrique Isaacs, father of the poet, in whose hands it remained until June 15, 1858.
On April 18, 1953 it was acquired by the Department of Valle del Cauca and its first restoration was carried out by the master Luis Alberto Acuña in 1954.
It was declared a National Monument on December 30, 1959. It currently holds the status of Cultural Interest of the Nation.
With Law 397 of 1997 the properties previously declared national monuments were considered as properties of cultural interest and by Law 1185 of 2008 the BIC were defined as such due to the special interest that the property has for the community throughout the national territory…” (Law 1185 of 2008, Article 5, which modifies Article 8 of Law 397 of 1997).
The Hacienda El Paraíso de Cali, setting of “María” written by Jorge Isaacs, a novel of an impossible romance and such wonderful landscapes that some Japanese decided to live in these lands just by reading the novel, landscapes that the Lebron Brothers also fell in love with.
The Lebron Brothers, grateful and amazed with Cali, recorded in January 1990 the LP “Salsa en el Paraíso” for the short-lived Cali label AstroSon Records, the hit of the album was the song “Thinking” with vocals by Luisito Ayala (RIP).
The Lebrón Rosa family was born with the union of Francisco Lebrón Feliciano and Julia Rosa Sosa (mother of Pablo López Rosa) in Aguadilla (Puerto Rico), where María Antonia, José, Ángel and Carlos Enrique were born. They moved to New York in 1952, where Frank was born; they were educated in a purely musical environment, the father wrote décimas and in the family most of them were musicians and played cuatro and guitar, besides singing.
Pablo Lopez, since childhood was noted for his voice, was born on June 30, 1937 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Already settled in New York, he organized a trio “Las Tres Monedas” (1954). In 1962 José and Ángel formed their first group called Los Eltones.
Pablo founded the Orquesta Arecibeña (1965). Pablo managed to get the owner of the La Vega club in Brooklyn to give them an opportunity to audition, at which time José joined the Arecibeña as a pianist. In 1966 Angel Lebron y su Combo was formed, where his brother Carlos is the pianist.
The opportunity to record came from the hand of businessman George Goldner, head of the Cotique label, thanks to the fact that he had agreed to listen to them live.
As this meeting was important, Angel and Jose asked their brother Pablo to accompany them on vocals, to take advantage of his veteran and wonderful style.
The brothers Angel, Jose, Pablo and Carlos performed two boogaloos in their own way and style. It was Goldner who suggested that they call themselves Los Hermanos Lebrón and asked them to prepare a complete album.
The album appeared in 1967 under the title Psychodelic goes latin, which included the hit Summertime blues.
Thanks to the overwhelming success of the first work, in 1968 they presented their second album, The Brooklyn Bums, name of a famous baseball team. They released nine songs with interpretations in English and Spanish.
In 1969 the productions I Believe, (Lo tuyo Llegará) and Brother, (Pancho el Loco y Fe). These hits catapulted them internationally before the Latin American public, tracing a new musical horizon.
The boogaloo began to lose ground and Los Hermanos Lebrón reflected this change by producing an album entirely in Spanish with the title Llegamos, containing the songs Mi fracaso, Tus recuerdos (a song that achieved Pablo’s recognition as a great Bolerista).
In the same year with the production of the album Salsa y Control, success was glimpsed giving relevance and turning the term Salsa into a worldwide social phenomenon; where the younger brother (Frank Lebrón) makes his debut.
The innovations of three chorus singers (dubbed) were present, which gave it a true seal of distinction. In the boleros, they searched for the traditional sound of the Puerto Rican trios.
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