Rev Michael with Tito Puente, Jr. and Carlos Oliva!
Carlos Oliva was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba. His musical inclination has been apparent since childhood. In 1961, Carlos arrived in Miami, where he quickly began making a name for himself as a percussionist and a fine vocalist until he formed his own band, Los Sobrinos del Juez, (The Judge’s Nephews). Los Sobrinos del Juez is not just a back up band, they are a very special unit of nine talented musicians who love and believe in the style of music that they play Carlos Oliva and L.S.D.J. notoriety grew as they created a new, inter-cultural sound; a fusion of Cuban music, salsa, afro beats, samba, jazz and rock. This melting pot of rhythmic seasonings soon became known as “The Miami Sound”., which for thefirs time in history, gave Miami a claim to fame for its Latin Music.Time Magazine credits Carlos as the initiator of this popular musical trend. The group was the first to take this sound outside of Miami to Las Vegas on various occasions and their numerous hits have taken them on tour throughout Latin America and Europe.
Carlos has produced and directed other musical groups, including Miami Sound Machine among many others. He has recorded his own compositions and has written for other international artists as well as theme songs for television shows like “Cristina”, “Ocurrio asi”, both winners of BMI Latin TV Theme Awards, “La Feria de la Alegria” and many others in addition to over one hundred radio an television commercials. Winner of an Emmy Award for the music of a promotional Univision Campaign, Carlos is a symbol of creativity and talent, greatly respected by his own community as well as internationally.
Carlos Oliva and The Judge’s Nephews continue to spread contagious joy throughout their unique and memorable appearances all over the world with exceptional success in Latin America, Europe and specially in Brazil, where their album “Caribbean Dance” won a Gold Record Award for sales over 250,000 copies and made them appear in the most important television shows of the country and win the hearts and feet of all the audiences that watched their live performances.
Their 2004 album named “Crossing Over” which included the classic hits like “Vehicle/Tu carrito”, “Rock the Boat/ Muevete”, “All night long/Toda la Noche” and “Celebration/ Vivo celebrando” among others paved the road to the always original concept of the bilingual Miami Sound.
Later… in 2007, forty years later of creating, recording and performing with The Judge’s Nephews,…. a brand new label; “Talent Beach Music” urges Carlos to record a new album, keeping the same concept of the classic American hits played with a Latin feel and coupled up to a Spanish language original tune that complements the fusion and the spirit of The Miami Sound.At a fantastic celebration event to honor Carlos’ Forty Years of a musical career, this new album “I’M A BELIEVER” was released to the world. Arranged by Camilo Valencia, Milton Salcedo, Omar Hernandez and Rafael“California” Valencia and featuring the vocals of Jackson King, Omar Hernandez and Charlie Santiago, this new collector’s piece is loaded with hits to bring back memories while tempting your hips and feet to move to the Latin beat. “She is a lady/Es una Dama”, “Love the one you’re with/Esa te conviene” “How deep is your love/Hasta donde llega”, “Baby come back/Cuando Volvera”, “Dance with me/ Si tu bailas conmigo”,“Brick House/Mira quien viene”, “I’m a believer/Estoy enamorao’” “Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing/ Cogelo suave”, “Rock with you/Quiero gozar contigo” , among others.
Carlos Oliva and Jon Secada!!
The new production, “…Y seguimos guarachando” (“…and we keep on grooving”) is ready to be released in 2011 this time loaded with original tunes like “EL PESCAO”, TAKE IT EASY, CASTIGAME, EL DILUVIO UNIVERSAL, CON EL BOLSILLO PELAO, PANFILO, VETE PA TU CASA, are some of the featured ones, all with the same hot spirit and sound that makes Carlos Oliva & The Judge’s Nephews a unique band.
This new release also includes a DVD with a collection of video clips produced throughout the years. This is a solid representation of the musical taste of millions of people that, while keeping alive their own roots, embrace with love these new sounds and a new language. To watch their live performance is an exciting and unforgettable experience! To listen to their music it’s and enjoyable feast to your mind and your ears! Therefore…enjoy Carlos Oliva and Los Sobrinos del Juez in “Im a Believer”and later in 2011, “…Y seguimos guarachando” ….and we keep on grooving!