Sergio Vargas

Elvis Martinez


 PHILIPSBURG--Noche Latina 2019, presented by Presidente Beer, will be headlined by legendary merengue singer Sergio Vargas, one of the best bachata singers out of Santo Domingo Elvis Martinez, and up-and-coming Latin rapper/singer Secreto El Biberon.

  St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) released on Thursday its line-up for Noche Latina which will be held in Carnival Village on Thursday, May 2. Although announced a little later than usual, Noche Latina caters to a more niche crowd/demographic of St. Maarten and is expected to attract the same vibrant and energetic members of the Latino community and visitors as well.

  “It’s Carnival 50. We expect every night will be a successful one and Noche Latina will be no different. We have three great artistes that we’ve gotten great feedback on and it should be another high-energy night. One thing about our Latino community – they know how to have fun, no matter who is on stage. They always bring high energy,” SCDF President Alston Lourens said.

  Tickets for Noche Latina 2019 will cost US $30 in advance and $40 the week of the show. Noche Latina will also feature local Latino acts which will be announced at a later date.

  Talented Sergio Vargas is primarily a merengue singer, but has also earned acclaim for his ability to sing other forms of tropical music, including ballads. He was born in the Dominican Republic and got his start singing with the local group La Banda Brava. In 1980, he sang a version of José’s “Amor, Amor” and won second place in a talent contest. Two years later, he had begun working with one of the country’s most popular merengue artists, Dionis Fernández.

  Vargas founded his band, Los Hijos del Rey, in 1986 and by 1988 had become a major star throughout Latin America, where he began touring. He signed to CBS Records in the United States later that year and his debut album eventually went gold. By 1991, he was recording with Sony and remains one of his country’s top artistes.

  Elvis Martinez, also known as El Camarón, is a bachata performer whose career started in late 1997. Born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic, Martínez is not only a singer, but also a songwriter and guitarist.

  He signed with the bachata label Premium Latin Music in the mid-1990s and made his full-length solo debut in 1998 with Todo Se Paga. The album proved popular as well as critically successful, winning an ACE Award in the category of Revelacion del Año (awarded by La Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York – in English, Association of Latin Entertainment Critics).

  Martínez released four additional albums on Premium Latin Music – Directo al Corazón (1999), Tres Palabras (2002), Así Te Amo (2003), and Descontrolado (2004) – and enjoyed further success; for example, “Así Te Amo” won a Casandra Award in 2004 for Best Song of the Year, while Martínez himself was nominated for a Premio Lo Nuestro award in 2004 for Best Traditional Tropical Artist.

  Secreto “El Biberon” is a Dominican Republic rapper who has toured in the United States, Europe, and the Dominican Republic.  He first broke records in the music industry with the album Toy Killao. He won the Casandra Award in 2011. He has more than two million followers on his papasecreto Instagram account.