THE FOOD MAY BE GREAT; THE DECORATION EXQUISITE, BUT FOR MANY, IF THE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE PARTY IS JUST NOT RIGHT, IT’S EAT UP, HAVE SOME DESSERT AND HEAD HOME FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. COLOMBIAN MUSICIAN MANOLO PUERTO ACHIEVED THE AMERICAN DREAM BY MAKING GUESTS PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG TO HIS ECLECTIC RHYTHMS.
By Manolo Puerto
I arrived in the USA in 1965 from Colombia, very young and with great expectancy. As a musician and lover of music, I began to play with well-known bands in Washington DC and New York City. I arrived in Miami in 1976 and began to see a need for good quality live bands. This is when Manolo Puerto Productions, a.k.a MPP Entertainment, was born. We began 30 years ago with the Orquesta El Equipo in Miami. El Equipo consists of 18 musicians playing live Latin music, mainly salsa and merengue. El Equipo quickly became known in South Florida for its professionalism and quality music entertainment. In 1985, El Equipo was performing at a local hot spot in Miami, when I met the Wagenbergs, a very well known family in the community. They decided to hire us for an important family event, which turned out to be a great success and opened many doors for us. MPP Entertainment continued to grow and develop from there.
MPP Entertainment is a company established with the objective of energizing great celebrations through our live music entertainment. We perform a wide array of international music that helps unite different cultural groups and connects the audience to their roots. We custom design each performance to the need of each individual client, for which we have more than 45 professional musicians at hand to choose from. We have had the opportunity to share the stage with distinguished artists including El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, El Grupo Niche, and Los Hermanos Rosario, among others. As a result of many years in the music entertainment industry, we created new bands with a variety of styles, including El Cartel (Latin pop), Contumbao (reggaeton, merengue, caribbean latin), and Groove Republik (Motown, American Top 40’s).
With more than 600 weddings and other events within the community since 1985, our vast experience makes us feel proud, and it gives us the versatility necessary to adapt to any type of celebration, such as cocktails, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, receptions, corporate events, conventions, and concerts. I pride myself for working with award winning, professional musicians of the highest caliber from all over the world, picked up in shows we’ve had in Israel, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and all over Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Thanks to these experiences and our international musicians, we cultivate and integrate rhythms comprising merengue, salsa, klezmer, jazz, waltz, hip hop, Israeli music, mizrahi music, pop/rock, and folk music from Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
My passion is providing music with excellence. I love what I do, and thanks to you, I have confirmed the saying: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Therefore, to show my gratitude with the community for inviting me to live my passion in every event, MPP Entertainment will make a donation to WIZO for every new client that mentions this article. Let the music play!
MPP Entertainment’squality and personal commitment to our clients’ events has helped us build a long-standing relationship with the Kehilla. We make every celebration unique by providing a varied assortment of live entertainment. A few of the weddings we entertained and that we fondly remember, and surely you do too if you were there, are Milhem & Beda, Douer & Gilinski, Gilinski & Eilanberg, Mendal & Brill, Leahman & D’Capua, Bakalarz & Modiano, Beraha & Kligman, Kravec & Goldenberg, Aronowitz & Minski, Mishaan & Silberman, Fraynd & Heinkin, Wagenberg & Shoham, Efron & Duffy, Dezer & Strallnikoff, Kavana & Zeinderweber, Cohen & Bebchick, Gundy & Prize, Feldenkreis & Hardoon, Koplowitz & Wolkensed, Chehebar & Hamilton, and Peisach & Morgenstern.