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Alfredo De La Fé
Cuban-born violinist, Alfredo De La Fé, one of salsa’s most respected and daring musicians, has been playing his vibrant style of Cuban charanga for three decades. De La Fé began studying at the Amadio Roldan Conservatory in Havana at the age of seven. At eleven, he moved to New York City where he played Mendelssohn and Tchaikofski at Carnegie Hall, earned a scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School, and joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 1967, at the age of twelve, De La Fé changed his musical direction from classical to salsa after discovering New York’s Latin Music scene where musicians were passionate about charanga and violinists were in great demand. In the same year, flautist José Fajardo hired him, and taught him the art of nightclub music.

From this time on, De La Fé performed only with salsa’s stars, including Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Hector Lavoe, the Fania All Stars, Ismael Miranda, and Charanga ’76. In 1972, at only eighteen years of age, De La Fé joined Eddie Palmieri’s band and became one of the first solo violinists in a salsa orchestra.

When he moved to San Francisco in 1976, De La Fé played with Santana for almost a year. Shortly afterward, he returned to New York City to play with Tipica ’73, one of Salsa’s most successful young orquestas of the seventies.

In 1980, De La Fé recorded his first album, Alfredo, for which he received three Grammy nominations. His second and third albums, Para Africa con Amor and Alfredo De La Fé and Charanga 1980, were released in 1980. The following year, De La Fé formed a group of his own and released Triunfo with them, which became a number two hit in Europe and in Latin American. Taking a break from the dance scene in 1981, De La Fé joined Tito Puente’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, a group that dedicated itself to improvisation, and enduring solos.

Alfredo explored the world throughout the eighties, living for a time in Colombia, where Cuban music is sacred. His album, Colombia, containing the hit single "La Botja del Abuelito", was released in 1984.

In 1990, De La Fé released his first two records produced by Discos Fuentes, Salsa and Violines de Alfredo De La Fé. His 1995 album, Le Salsa de los Dioses produced the hit "Ya no te Estoy Creyendo", which has become one of salsa radio’s most frequently played favorites. With the release of Latitudes in 1999, a collection of primarily self-written songs, De La Fé paid tribute to the Cuban musical tradition, which inspired his life.