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José Alberto "El Canario"
José Alberto "El Canario"

A master improviser, Jose "El Canario" Alberto is one of Latin music's most influential young vocalists. Since attracting international attention as the musical director of Tipica '73 in October 1977, Alberto has gone on to record ten exciting albums of salsa music with his New York-based band Jose Alberto "El Canario" Y Su Orquestra.

José Alberto (born in December 22, 1958 in Villa Consuelo district, Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, as José Alberto Justiniano) is a Dominican salsa singer. Jose Alberto moved to Puerto Rico with his family at the age of 7, and inspired by Latin music went on to polish his singing at Las Antillas Military Academy. He relocated to New York in the early 1970s and sang with several orchestras. He received international attention as the bandleader of Typica '73 in October 1977.

Jose Alberto started his own band in 1983, and became a major Latin star after the release of his 1984 debut Noches Calientes . His 1991 album Dance With Me, which established a new style of salsa called salsa romántica. He has sung hit songs such as "Sueño Contigo" His voice was widely adored by his fans, giving him the nickname El Canario (The Canary).

El Canario has enjoyed success in the United States and Europe, but especially throughout Latin America, including in his native Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador.

On 24 May 2008, Jose Alberto celebrated 30 years in the music industry at the United Palace Theater in New York City. Among the several special guests were Oscar D'Leon, Ismael Miranda, Raulín Rosendo, Joe Arroyo, and Latin music mogul Ralph Mercado.