Vicki Solá, The Lady with Many Titles
God Mother & Queen of Latin Radio, Mentor, Author & Radio Disc Jockey, Master of Ceremonies, Animal Rights Advocate and that's just a few.
Vicki Solá first arrived at WFDU-FM in August, 1981. In the beginning, she hosted a weekly Jazz program, and served as Jazz Music Director for several years. After slipping more and more Salsa and Latin Jazz into these shows, she created her present program, Que Viva La Música (QVLM), with station management's blessing, in February 1983. Vicki and her long running program provide the New York-metro community with authentic Salsa and Latin Jazz, produced by a singular mix of famous performers, plus artists rarely heard on commercial stations.
Her mission is to perpetuate the music of the greats--Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Ray Barretto, and so many others--and also provide a venue for the countless talented, underrated veterans and new artists alike who are struggling to present their product to the public.
Vicki, her cohosts Marysol Cerdeira and José Calderón now stream their QUE VIVA LA MUSICA on Mundo Salsa Radio, heard on www.MundoSalsaRadio.com, the Live365 and TuneIn Radio apps.
Outside of the station, Vicki has been featured on American Latino TV, served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and has written articles for internationally circulated trade periodicals, including Latin London Magazine, Descarga Catalog, and Latin Beat Magazine, for which she wrote the column, "A Bite From the Apple." Vicki recently published a SciFi/Fantasy novel, The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press), and is planning a sequel. A member of several animal welfare organizations, she remains committed to fighting cruelty. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with her son Frank and rescued Shepherd-hound, Cookie.
Marysol Cerdeira aka "La Nena" Everyone's Favorite Lady DJ.
Marysol's deep love and respect for the music and dance motivated her to DJ professionally. A
music lover and dancer since childhood, Marysol already had her own extensive music
collection. She began her DJ journey by chance, as "dj coverage" for a dance studio when the
resident DJ/owner had to travel abroad. When the back-up DJ professed that he would rather
dance then DJ, Marysol offered to do it. She received much positive feedback and support from the dancers that night and from there fate took its course and DJ Mar Y Soul was born.
As a DJ, Marysol enjoys putting music sets together that pleased dancers and music lovers
alike and uses the same formula to DJ at dances, in nightclubs and congresses/festivals across
the country. The formula continued as a radio host, when Marysol produced her own weekly show "Con Aché," a two-hour program highlighting the pillars of Latin music from the 1940's through the early 1970's, on Salsa Warriors Radio. The program garnered a lot of buzz and Marysol has enjoyed success in the United States and internationally via the magic of the internet and podcasts.
And Marysol continues to promote and preserve our music and share the history behind the sounds and the people!
Fate continued to connect like-minded musical beings when Marysol made her debut on Que Viva La Musica in the summer of 2011. She was joined at the studio with her beloved friend, New York International Salsa Congress producer and promoter John "Choco" Knight (1970 - 2015). Since that day, Marysol made periodic appearances on QUE VIVA LA MUSICA on WFDU 89.1 FM. She officially became a co-host of QVLM in November 2015.
Marysol, José Calderón and Vicki Sola now stream their QUE VIVA LA MUSICA on Mundo Salsa Radio, heard on www.MundoSalsaRadio.com, and the Live365 and TuneIn Radio apps.
Marysol is also host/producer of 99.5 WBAI's CON SABOR LATINO: MONTUNEANDO CON MARYSOL, alternating every other Sunday from 3-6 pm (ET), and also streaming live on wbai.org, TuneIn Radio and www.MundoSalsaRadio.com.
José Calderón, A Man For All Seasons
José Calderón, better known as “DJ José," has been playing independently for over twenty years in New York City. Born in Harlem of Cuban parents, he inherited a deep sense of cultural pride which only intensified as he listened to the music he heard consistently at home. Celia Cruz, La Sonora Matancera, Johnny Pacheco, Orquesta Aragon and Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez are just a few of the artists who influenced his style of playing, which he describes as “a strong mix of Cuban and Puerto Rican conjunto style, saturated with New York flavor.” His pride is evident when spinning. He states, “I've been given the honor and opportunity to play for a select crowd, and I vow to never disappoint them.”
An avid listener of Vicki Sola’s show, DJ José has played at many well-known venues such as Side Street, Tropicana, Iguana’s, Windows Over Harlem, Leather Lounge, Salsa Wednesdays at Julia DeBurgos, alternate Fridays at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, selected Wednesday’s at Jimmy Delgado’s Taino Towers, and the annual Quenepa dances in Long Island, emceeing and playing alongside many of the renowned bands of yesterday and today, as well as collaborating with many personalities. Supporting worthy causes has also been an important mission for him. He has joined forces with the Sanchez sisters’ Celebration of Life, and The Latinas Hat Society and their events. He maintains a bi-weekly email trail, informing Latin music aficionados of his own activities as well as those of his many colleagues throughout the city. He also serves as Senior Editor of the online magazine VIVA LA MUSICA NY STYLE...Y MAS!, run by veteran NY radio personality Vicki Solá.
DJ José is a founding member of Salsa Warriors Radio; indeed it was his on-air "Que Viva La Música" birthday party at WFDU-FM that inspired the formation of that Internet radio station.
He, Marysol and Vicki now stream their QUE VIVA LA MUSICA on Mundo Salsa Radio, heard on www.MundoSalsaRadio.com, the Live365 and TuneIn Radio apps.
His show “Boleros Con Soul” can be heard Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. ET and his program “Salsa……Y Algo Más” can be heard Monday evenings at 7 p.m ET on MundoSalsaRadio.com.
Previously singing briefly with Benny Vargas and Sonido Amante after winning 2nd place in a Boleros contest at the 5th Annual International Latin/Tropical Music Collectors Festival held by Caribbean Cultural Center in 2008, José has been a member of Boricua Legends since May of 2015 and Bronx Charanga officially since August of 2016.
José Calderón is now, along with Marysol Cerdeira and Vicki Solá, cohost of QUE VIVA LA MUSICA on WFDU 89.1 FM, streaming live on www.MundoSalsaRadio.com, and the Live365 and TuneIn Radio apps.