HERMAN OLIVERA is a Puerto Rican salsa singer (sonero) from Newark, New Jersey.
During the 1980s he achieved international recognition as the lead singer of the salsa group, Free Set, whose hits include Decide, Do Not Blame Me and Elena Elena. Today, Herman is best known as the lead vocalist (sonero) for the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra.
In 2014 he recorded the album La Voz del Caribe (Salsaneo Records), which was hailed as “flawless, passionate and strong.” Also, Ben Ratliff (New York Times) described the recording as “a textbook for (Herman’s) genre, mapping out the aims and dimensions of his art.” In 2016, he participated in the This Is Salsa! tour, which featured his greatest hits and new material.
A master of the sonero tradition, Herman has performed and collaborated with Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Manny Oquendo and Libre, the Machito Orchestra, and Israel Cachao Lopez among others. To date, Herman has recorded roughly 45 albums and received two Grammy awards.
More recently, Herman is featured with Gilberto Santa Rosa and Tony Vega on Eddie Palmieri’s Mi Luz Mayor (Ropeadope Records).
A quintessential sonero, consummate showman and one of the hardest working singers on the international salsa scene, Herman Olivera has earned the title, “Sonero of the 21st Century!

Recommended Listening

Salsero del Mundo (Lugo Music)
Live at Lincoln Center & the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Lugo Music)
Cantando (Lugo Music)
Presenta Herman Olivera (Lugo Music)

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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