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Manuel Varet p/k/a “Vakeró” was born into a family of humble means, where his father – a tailor by trade, and staunch music lover, filled his home with the sounds of Salsa, Merengue and Son. Father Varet’s love for music was inherited by young Varet, whose most important early influences were Puerto Rican great Hector Lavoe, el “Sonero Mayor” Ismael Rivera, Reggae giant, Bob Marley. His most important influence as rapper was Method Man.
Known by his fans as “The singer of the rappers,” this native of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, has been in the music business for nearly 10 years. Given his rather brief trajectory (which commenced in late 2005 with the release of his debut record, “Adelante y Pico”), Vakero has greatly influenced the direction of urban music in his country. One of the most prolific local performers, this artist is constantly in the recording studio; every week he creates something new, and his art runs the gamut of urban musical styles – from songs about love and deception, to songs with a social tint, all of which may at times be very controversial. Vakeró’s recordings always feature a fresh combination of melodic vocals, where one can feel the soul of Bob Marley, with rap in his unique style, always with his personal “swag.” Rather than perform to playback, Vakeró takes to the stage with his live band, Los Habacuc, and incredible group of “Class A” musicians. Free of a restrictive programmed “track.” Vakeró shows are spontaneous and organic.
Vakero’s current single, “Oh Mami” recently commenced rotation in tropical radios in the Northeast. The song is also taking off in the Dominican Republic. For the upcoming New Year, Vakeró has prepared a new production, which promises some musical surprises.
Vakeró will officially debut new music this year at SXSW followed by his first US tour.