Millo Torres

Millo Torres
Origin Puerto Rico
Genres Reggae, Ska
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts Millo Torres y el Tercer Planeta

Millo Torres is a singer/guitarist from Puerto Rico, who has released six albums with his Latin ska/reggae band, Millo Torres Y El Tercer Planeta.

Torres is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, according to Allmusic Guide.[1]

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Musical career

In its inception, Millo Torres group, El Tercer Planeta, was composed of bassist Tinci Moreno, keyboardist Javier Bermudo, guitarist Carlos Zubrzycki, percussionist Carlos Maldonado, and drummer Rigo Collazo.[2] Currently the band includes Millo Torres (vocals gtr), Rigo Collazo on drums, Adolfo Fito González on bass guitar, Josué Parrilla on keyboards, Indrani Fuentes on vocals and Victor Román on saxophone.

The band's 1999 single, "Caminando" (also the name of their second album) reached #26 on the Billboard Latin/Tropical Airplay charts, and another single, "Mundo de Locura", reached #31 on Billboard's Latin Pop Airplay charts.

The band's latest album, 'Masa con Masa, released in 2007 received numerous awards and recognitions. The album includes songs like "Me gustas como quieras", "Dime Amor", and "Amigo Fiel". Masa con Masa have also received a nomination for Univision's 2008 Premios Lo Nuestro in the Best Rock Album category.

Lyrical content

Torres introduces social and political content in his lyrics. The political aspect of his songs was present at a time where cultural nationalism was experiencing growth among Puerto Rican youths, which was evidenced by manifestations against the US military presence in the island (see Navy-Vieques protests). Some Puerto Ricans were showing opposition to the American presence in Vieques, and also condemned the imprisonment of Puerto Rican prisoners in U.S. federal penitentiaries[3]

Discography

  • Sonando Realidad (1997), WEA International
  • Caminando (1999), WEA International
  • Mundo de Locura (2001), WEA International
  • Canciones de Reggae y Ska (2003), Tribal Vibes Music
  • Masa con Masa (2006), Tribal Vibes records
  • Masa con Masa Deluxe Ed. (2006), Tribal Vibes/Machete

References

  1. ^ Millo Torres Biography on Allmusic
  2. ^ Millo Torres on MSN Music
  3. ^ Giovannetti, Jorge L. "Popular Music and Culture in Puerto Rico: Jamaican and Rap Music as Cross-Cultural Symbols." In Musical Migrations: Transnationalism and Cultural Hybridity in the Americas, ed. Frances R. Aparicio and Cándida F. Jáquez, 81-98. New



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