Dominican composer, trumpeter and lyricist Wilfrido Vargas, the king of merengue and winner of a Latin Grammy for excellence, will be the star of Carnaval Miami in 2021, organizers announced Wednesday.
“Generation after generation has enjoyed his music, which remains immensely popular today and ever-present at all Latin music parties and festivals,” said the Kiwanis Club of Miami’s Little Havana.
Vargas will close out “Noche de Carnaval Miami,” which will bring together more than 30 Latin music legends and rising stars on stage at the Miami-Dade Fair and Expo Center on August 28.
This all-day family festival will also feature folkloric dancing, special performances, food and crafts representing Latin American and Caribbean countries.
For the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and our media partners Spanish Broadcasting System and its stations and Viva Live TV, it is an honor to recognize the 50-year career of the king of merengue,” said Rick Gonzalez, chairman of ‘Noche de Carnaval’ and Kiwanis club member,” said a press release.
Winner of several gold and platinum records and recipient of the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence, Vargas said that being the king of Carnaval Miami is “very special”, not only for him, but also for merengue and his “beloved” Dominican Republic.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to come together to celebrate life. and my 50-year musical career with my fellow Dominicans!” declared Wilfrido Vargas, creator of popular songs such as El Africano, El Loco y la Luna, Volveré, El Baile del Perrito, Comején and El Jardinero.
Vargas won the Gaviota de Plata as a guest star at the Viña del Mar Festival in 1992 and was elected Grand Marshal at the famous Carnival of Barranquilla (Colombia), where he won the Congo de Oro award three times.