Baseball player Jose Abreu, left his homeland in August 2013 and swiftly agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. His contract is purported to be the largest rookie free-agent contract ever awarded to an international player in Major League Baseball.
Jose Abreu was Cuba’s starting first baseman when they won the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, their first Gold in an international tournament in three years. He hit .292/.320/.500. In the finale, he went 1 for 3 and scored the first run in the victory over the Dutch national baseball team; he doubled off Rob Cordemans in the third and came home on a Yorbis Borroto hit. He helped Cuba finish second at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament.
Jose Abreu is an earlier teammate of Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who left Cuba in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Puig made his major league debut on June 3 2013 and had a major involvement on the team’s surge into the post-season.
Abreu, a strong 6-foot-3 (1.9-meter), 250-pound (113-kg) hitter who hit 128 home runs, drove in 430 runs and had a .334 batting average during eight seasons in Cuba.
In 2011, Abreu won Cuba’s Most Esteemed Player award with a .453 average and 33 home runs in 293 plate appearances. Throughout the World Baseball Classic in March he batted .360 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 25 at-bats.
Abreu follows other Cubans who have sought their fortunes in the US major leagues, such as New York Yankees pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernández and his half-brother Livan Hernandez, who left Cuba in the 1990s.
Its for all these reasons that Jose Abreu has been inducted into the SexyCuban hall of fame!
Born April 5, 1947 in Pinar del Río, Cuba, Willy Chirino is salsa singer with numerous number 1 hits especially throughout the 90´s
Combining the musical traditions of Cuba with American rock and jazz, Cuba-born and South Florida-based vocalist and bandleader Willie Chirino helped to create the “Miami Sound” of Salsa music. The composer of more than one hundred songs, Chirino’s material has been covered by a lengthy list of artists including Raphael, Ricardo Montaner, Rocio Jurado, Celia Cruz, Oscar D’Leon, Angela Carrasco, Jorge Muniz and Nydia Caro. Chirino’s song, “Soy,” has been recorded by more than sixty artists including The Gypsy Kings, whose interpretation sold more than four million copies. Chirino also composed and performed the theme songs for Spanish-language television soap operas, “La Zulianita” and “Pobre Diabla.”
“Willy Chirino owns night club, Zarabanda”
His father was the town’s State Attorney and his mother was a pharmacist who worked at home. He was the only boy in his family (he had three sisters). His town did not have any crime and was very peaceful; the worst thing that happened was someone trying to steal medicine from their house. He lived a calm life in this town for fourteen years
We saw Willy Chirino on PBS May or June celebrating his 35th., year in music. I always liked his music, so naturally decided to see the special. The music was fantastic, and, decided to get a CD, and, unfortunately most stores in my area do not carry a full Latin line. I was looking for, Willy Chirino, Greatest Hits. I plan on purchasing his newest CD Pa’Lante, and probably will also purchase the 35th., anniversary special. The minute you hear the first track on Greatest Hits, you just want to get up and dance.
Chirino has received numerous awards throughout his career. He was named “King” of Miami’s Calle Ocho Festival in 1993. Two years later, a section of NW 17th Avenue in Miami was christened “Willie Chirino Way”. Chirino received a UNICEF award for his work for children via the Willie Chirino Foundation.
In May, 1989, Chirino opened a restaurant and night club, Zarabanda, in Coral Gables, Florida. Craig Harris, Rovi
Jon Secada is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. Secada was born in Havana, Cuba on October 4, 1962 and raised in Hialeah near Miami, Florida. He has won two Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums since his English-language debut album in 1992. His music fuses funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion. Secada also has worked as a songwriter for Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Mandy Moore and other performers.
Secada emigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of nine. While attending school, his family managed a coffee shop. As a teen, Secada discovered his gift for music. In the culturally diverse city of Miami, Secada was exposed to salsa and merengue. Secada also became interested in R&B and pop music performed by Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, Billy Joel, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Secada graduated from South Florida’s Hialeah High School in 1979 and then enrolled at Miami Dade Community College then transferred to the University of Miami. During college, he became an accomplished jazz musician and was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music and then earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
In the late 1980s, Gloria Estefan hired Secada as a background singer. He also started composing music for Estefan, including some of her best-known ballads. Among other songs, Secada co-wrote and sang background on “Coming Out of the Dark” Gloria’s number one hit from her 1991 album Into the Light. During Estefan’s “Coming Out of the Dark” tour, Secada was given the life-changing opportunity of taking over the stage and performing solo. The song was “Always Something” which would be featured later on his debut album. It launched his career as a solo performer.
In 2011 Secada was honored by Union City, New Jersey, with a star at Celia Cruz Plaza.
“Jon Secada famlous for the song Just Another Day”
In 1991, Secada legally changed his first name from Juan to Jon. The following year, Secada released his self-titled debut album Jon Secada (SBK/EMI), which sold over six million copies worldwide and being certified triple platinum in the U.S., where it reached No. 15 among the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Secada scored a No. 5 Pop hit (and a No. 5 UK hit) with his Gold single “Just Another Day”, and three more top 30 hits, “Angel” (No. 18 Pop, No. 23 UK), “I’m Free” (No. 27 Pop, No. 50 UK), “Do You Believe in Us?” (No. 13 Pop, No. 30 UK), and “Do You Really Want Me” (No. 30 UK) received national radio play. The Spanish-language version of Secada’s solo album, Otro Día Más Sin Verte (EMI-Latin), became the Number One Latin album of 1992 and earned Secada his first Grammy Award for “Best Latin Pop Album”.
In 1994 by Secada’s second album, Heart, Soul & a Voice (EMI) featured members of The Miami Sound Machine and guests Arturo Sandoval (trumpeter) and Betty Wright (background vocals). The album went Platinum in the US. One of its singles had a top ten Pop hit “If You Go” and a Top 30 hit “Mental Picture”, which was used in the soundtrack for the film “The Specialist”. His third album on EMI, Amor, was released in 1995 and earned Secada his second Grammy for “Best Latin Pop Performance”.
Secada co-wrote the song “Bella,” the Spanish version of “She’s All I Ever Had” for Ricky Martin’s 1999 Multi-platinum self-titled album. He also co-wrote and co-produced the song “Baila” for Jennifer Lopez, which appeared on her 1999 multi-platinum album, On the 6. He worked with teen singing sensation Mandy Moore on two of her tracks, “One Sided Love” and “It Only Took a Minute” from her self-titled multi-platinum album. In 2001 he was a backing vocalist on Enrique Iglesias’s album multi-platinum Escape on the tracks “Don’t turn off the Lights” and “Love 4 Fun”.
Secada has performed with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti and recorded a duet with Frank Sinatra on “The Best Is Yet to Come” from Sinatra’s Duets II album.
In 1995, Secada starred on Broadway’s hit musical Grease, where he acted in the lead role of “Danny Zuko”. Broadway called upon Secada once again in 2003, where he played the Emcee role in Sam Mendes’ acclaimed version of Cabaret. In the fall of 2004, Secada also starred as “Joseph” in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s theatrical hit Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Martinez Rodriguez from Tacabro
Martinez Rodriguez started working in Italian night club as DJs and in the spring of 2008, and became of great fame in the clubs were the two hits “Mujeres” and “I Like Reggaeton” featuring the vocals of Ruly MC.
“Tacabro, Tacata #1 hit”
However Martínez Rodríguez is most famous for the international hit ” Tacata “. The single was released in 2011 in Italy credited to “Romano & Sapienza featuring Rodriguez” the latter being the Cuban artist Martínez Rodríguez. Based on this success, the single was released with a new music video under the name “Tacabro” becoming big hits in Denmark where it reached #1, in France where it reached #6 and in Sweden.
Tacabro Disco Hits
Vida Guerra (born March 19, 1974) is a Cuban-born American glamour model. Her first notable appearance was in the U.S. edition of FHM magazine in December 2002; since then, she has modeled for many other men’s magazines.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Guerra moved to the United States soon after, ending up in the town of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. While growing up, she entered several fashion shows modeling swim wear, and has appeared in music videos.[1
Guerra’s first national exposure came when she appeared in a lingerie spread for FHM in December 2002. The magazine later reported that following its publication, almost one-third of their mail was from readers demanding more photos of her. She was called back for more photo shoots and became “FHM’s Model of the Year” in 2004. Since then, she has been featured in many magazines, including DUB, Smooth, Escape, and Open Your Eyes, often as the cover girl.
Guerra has made multiple appearances on several Spanish language television programs such as entertainment gossip show El Gordo y la Flaca (The Scoop and The Skinny). She has also become a staple in music videos, appearing in “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, 2003) and “The New Workout Plan” (Kanye West, 2004), in “Obsession (No Es Amor)” (Frankie J featuring Baby Bash, 2005) among others. In addition, Guerra has appeared in a commercial for Burger King’s TenderCrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, a couple of sketches on Chappelle’s Show (including “R. Kelly’s ‘(I Wanna) Piss on You’ Music Video”, which spoofed the R. Kelly sex tape), and the film National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2. She lent her voice to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.
Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress, model, singer and homeware designer. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of roles in B movies such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) and Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), she broke into the Hollywood mainstream with an appearance in Training Day (2001). She has since starred in many films including All About The Benjamins (2002); 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Stuck on You (2003); Hitch (2005); Ghost Rider and We Own the Night (both 2007); The Spirit (2008); Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009); The Other Guys and Last Night (both 2010).
Mendes has worked as a spokesmodel for Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon make-up, Calvin Klein underwear and perfume, Cartier jewelery, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok trainers, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan clothes and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. Mendes is the creator of a home decor line, Vida, sold exclusively at Macy’s. She launched a bedding collection in 2008 and a dinnerware collection in 2010. Mendes is a singer: she has recorded a version of The Windmills of Your Mind and has collaborated with Cee Lo Green on a song entitled Pimps Don’t Cry. She is dating Ryan Gosling and lives in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include the two Charlie’s Angels films, voicing the character Princess Fiona in the Shrek series, and Bad Teacher. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
Lili Estefan (born March 20, 1967 in Havana, Cuba) is a famous well known Cuban American model and show host, currently the host of El Gordo y la Flaca on Univision
Star of Sábado Gigante, Estefan first came to the spotlight in 1986, when she was hired by Univision to participate as a model at Sábado Gigante. Alongside Don Francisco, Estefan quickly became both a public favorite and a favorite of the show host himself (even appearing on his own “Don Francisco Presenta” on many occasions), as he admitted in his autobiography released in 2002.