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Wilfrido Vargas

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Genres  Merengue
Role  Vocalist
Instruments  Vocals, Trumpet
Spouse  Adelina Vargas
Years active  1972–present
Children  Alina Vargas
Name  Wilfrido Vargas

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Birth name  Wilfrido Radames Vargas Martinez
Born  April 24, 1949 (age 74) Altamira, Dominican (1949-04-24)
Occupation(s)  Singer, musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, trumpeter, actor
Labels  Karen, Sonotone, Rodven, RCA Intl, Sony BMG
Albums  El Baile, Los anos dorados, 25 Aniversario
Parents  Bienvenida Martinez, Ramon Vargas
Similar People  Johnny Ventura, Sergio Vargas, Fernando Villalona, Eddy Herrera, Tono Rosario

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Wilfrido Radamés Vargas Martínez ([wilˈfɾiðo ˈβaɾɣas]; born April 24, 1949 in Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a bandleader, trumpeter, vocalist, arranger, composer and producer who was instrumental in making the merengue style a worldwide phenomenon.


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He was surrounded by musical influences; namely, his father Ramón, an accordionist and guitarist, and his mother Bienvenida, a flute player and guitarist. Vargas began his musical studies early, attending the Municipal Academy of Music beginning at age 10.

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He has been a trumpeter and a vocalist, but has also arranged, composed, and led his band, and is also a producer.

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He began his career with the band Wilfrido Vargas y sus Beduinos by recording his first album in 1972.


Alongside many Latin music super stars, he performed during the 1979 music festival Havana Jam.


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During the 1980s he had international commercial success with songs such as "El Barbarazo", "El Jardinero", "La Medicina", and "El Loco y La Luna".

Wilfrido appeared in the 1989 film "Que viva el merengue y la lambada".


He was nominated in 1991 for the 33rd Grammy Awards in the Best Tropical Latin Performance for his album Animation. He won a "Gaviota de Plata" (Silver Seagull) in the 1992 Viña del Mar International Song Festival. In 1993, he was decorated by the Dominican president Joaquín Balaguer with the Order of Christopher Columbus in the Knight grade, alongside fellow Dominican musicians Jorge Taveras, Manuel Tejada and Julio Gautreaux for their contribution to the development and dissemination of the national music.

For the telenovela Bellísima, Wilfrido performed the theme song, "Amor Casual" and also performed the song "Que Será" for the 1997 film Out to Sea.


In 2003 he acted in the drama film "Exito por intercambio".

Vargas participated in 2007 at the Colombian version of The X Factor, as the groups mentor.

Today Vargas is one of the best-known artists in Latin America with hit songs such as "El Africano" (written by Calixto Ochoa), "Abusadora", "Comején", "A Mover la Colita", "El Baile del Perrito" and "Volveré".

As of 2010, he lives in Colombia.

Grammy Nomination

  • Best Tropical Latin PerformanceAnimation (1990)
  • References

    Wilfrido Vargas Wikipedia