About Neftali Rivera
born in a small town in the island of Puerto Rico. At an
early age, he started to learn how to play the guitar and sing
in family gatherings. He came from a huge family of
musicians and singers, including his dad, Don Tite Rivera.
At the early age of 17, he went to seek fame and fortune on
the musical TV show Los Alegres Tres. He was hired on
the same day by Paquito Cordero Productions at
Telemundo Channel 2 and was also signed to do his first
recording with Cordero Productions in 1972.
For the following two years, he performed in shows such as
the Danny Rivera show, Papo Roman, and Los Alegres Tres.
Several years after, he went on tour with a group of
artist and musicians throughout the islands of Puerto Rico
and the Dominican Republic.
He continued to perform at
different resorts and hotels throughout the island of Puerto Rico
until 1991, when he moved to Portland, Oregon in pursuit
of better opportunities for himself and his family.
In 1997, Neftali formed Grupo Borikén along with three
other Puerto Rican musicians, Geraldo Vargas, Victor Pizarro,
and José Padín. Their first recorded CD, Borikén consisted
of original songs written and composed by Neftalí and
Geraldo Vargas, including some plenas, bombas, aguinaldos and boleros.
Encanto Latino is Neftali’s second and first solo album,
in which legendary Peruvian guitar player Jesús Cornejo is featured.
This album is a compilation of the most famous Latin American songs.
Neftali’s latest album, Tiempo y Memorias, has received national
and worldwide recognition.
Neftali: Tiempo y Memorias