Biography

Wilfrido Radamés Vargas Martínez (born April 24, 1949) is a merengue musician from the Dominican Republic. His compositions were instrumental in making the fast polyrhythmic merengue style a worldwide phenomena.

Born in Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Vargas began his musical studies early, attending the Municipal Academy of Music beginning at age 10. He has been a trumpeter and a vocalist, but has also arranged, composed, and led his band, and is also a producer. He began his career with the band “Wilfrido Vargas y sus Beduinos” by recording his first album in 1974.

During the 1980’s he had international commercial success with songs such as: “El Barbarazo”, “El Jardinero”, “La Medicina”, and “El Loco y La Luna” (which was nominated for a Grammy in 1989).

Today Vargas is one of the best-known merengue singers in all Latin America with hit songs such as “El Africano”, “Abusadora”, “Comejen”, “A Mover la Colita” and “El Baile del Perrito”.

Edited by poopsykins on 13 Mar 2007, 03:04

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