Two musically gifted artists from the local scene united their talents to provide an entertaining musical evening on February 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural Barco de Papel in celebration of the Month of Love and Friendship.
“Samy, the Hispanic Voice” renowned entertainer, emcee and singer partnered with guitarist and percussionist Ruben Isola, offering a pleasant cultural evening filled with music and musical anecdotes. From his early days as singer and host in radio stations and concerts at his native Colombia to his days as a well know master of ceremonies of the local clubs of Jackson Heights during their ‘golden era’, Samy complemented his songs with funny anecdotes of his experiences and interaction with artist luminaries of Latin America. Sammy sang traditional love boleros and ballads, with the musical arrangements of Isola, who played acoustical guitar, electric guitar and requinto.
This event is part of the varied cultural programming that Centro Cultural Barco de Papel offers in 2016. Find photos of the event in our Facebook page
Samy, La Voz Hispana
Hernando Cuevo (Bogotá, Colombia), singer of ballads and boleros, entertainer and speaker, is better known in show business under the stage name “Samy, the Hispanic Voice.” He arrived to New York City in 1992, following his artistic dream after sharing the stage as animator with “Frukon and Teso,” “El Combo de las Estrellas,” “Pastor Lopez,” “The Binomial of Oro,” and “Dario Gomez,” among other artists.
With transplanted roots in New York City, he continues to do what he enjoys, playing the role of master of ceremonies for events such as the Festival of Colombian Independence and different artistic activities at locales close to home, like those at Natives Theater in Jackson Heights, Queens and the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In addition to special events, Samy figures prominently in the community as a singer and entertainer, regularly performing at clubs, The Chibcha, Añoranzas and The Rumbero. He also served as a voice personality for Spanish-speaking radio and TV stations, Channel 66 and RCN Radio International for many years. Samy has delighted a generation of Latin Americans in our city with his talents, becoming a recognized and loved figure.
Currently, Samy continues his course, having matured with experience, entertaining audiences with his vocal talents at Sabor Latino and other entertainment venues in NYC.
Rubén Isola is an Argentinean musician born in Buenos Aires, where he studied guitar for 11 years at the Conservatorio Melani and 5 years with concertist Horacio Ceballos. In his native country, he completed courses in improvisation, jazz standards, electronics, random and concrete music.
Isola specialized in string instruments – guitar, mandolin, charango, Venezuelan cuatro. He achieved success with percussion too, dabbling with bass and percussion drums, conga, bongo and Peruvian cajón. With extensive experience interpreting tango, Argentinean and Latin American music, he was involved in many projects wherein music is held sacred. Theaters, television, museums and libraries, were amongst the many artistic centers in Buenos Aires where he strummed and drummed for fellow music lovers. He has resided in NYC since 1990, developing a solid career, standing out for his talent and professionalism while moving seamlessly in artistic circles.
Throughout his professional career, he has accompanied on guitar many internationally recognized stars, such as Nicola Di Bari, Armando Manzanero, María Martha Serra Lima, Manolo Galván, Iris Chacón, Fernando Allende, Nelson Ned, Buddy Richard, Hermanos Arriagada, Sophie, Luisa María Güell, Tormenta, Silvana Di Lorenzo, King Clave, Danny Daniel, amongst others. When not performing music, he imparts his expertise via private instruction.