Willie Colon

PRODUCER, MUSICIAN, WRITER

William Colón is a New York-born Puerto Rican salsa musician and social ac- tivist. He began his career as a trombonist, and also sings, writes, produces and acts. He is also involved in the politics of New York City and internation- al politics.

Beyond the trombone, he has also worked as a composer, arranger, and singer, and eventually as a producer and director. Combining elements of jazz, rock, and salsa, his work incorporates the rhythms of traditional music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and “that ‘other’ ancestral homeland, Af- rica”, representing the mostly one-way ow from Puerto Rico to the New York-based diaspora.

His collaboration with Ruben Blades, “Siembra”, is the biggest selling al- bum of all time for this genre. His collaboration with Hector LaVoe was the milestone that spread this fusion of tropical/urban music throughout Latin America. He is a strong catalog sale artist, whose songs are included in al- most every Salsa artist’s repertoire.