On Friday, June 29th, New York welcomed the first edition of La Cumbre Mundial de la Salsa, the only event in the city that highlights the beauty behind this genre. Salsa is one of the most important representations of the Latino community and there is no better way to celebrate it than in the city where it was born: New York City. The event was held in Queens Theater with a slogan dedicated to peace around the world.
La Cumbre Mundial de la Salsa acknowledged the work of the best bands, dancers, producers, and singers of the genre; and also awarded those whom with their careers and example have supported the community in New York. From the beginning of the red carpet, the guests and the audience showed their love for salsa. The music was on, people from different nationalities were sharing their stories behind this genre and the theater was ready to start an excellent event.
Rícardo Ríos was the organizer, a person who works every day to show the world the best of the Latino community. The main sponsor was Exit Realty and the event had also the support of other important organizations such as La Cámara de Comercio Andina.
Great artists and dance groups made the audience sing and dance. On one hand, Mestizo, a group of young girls, showed us the moves of a good salsa dance, while the group Bachata Embassy highlighted the elegance of the Bachata genre. On the other hand, the audience was mesmerized with the voice of Melissa Macías who did her debut as a singer in New York City after her successful participation in La Voz Ecuador!. Other musicians that stole the admiration of the public were Skala Orquestra y Gilberto Velazquez. The hosts of the night were the talent MC Rai, Arleny Jakez, Siledra Sanz and Jaqkeline Maldonado.
Our journalist Sandra Escallón took home two awards given by the Cumbre Mundial de la Salsa and New York State Assembly as Journalist of the Year and one for her dedication to the community in New York City. We feel very happy to have one of our team members being recognized for her work.
There is no doubt that the second edition is going to be a main event in New York City.