Niño Torrente

Niño Torrente


A Cuban classic...Niño Torrente has put together a delightful musical group that brings out pure son montuno with room to spare... WINNER OF 2006 INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS TO THE SONG GOZALO!!.


Born in Havana, Niño Torrente traces his earliest musical influence to Isabela de Sagua, a fishing village and port on the south coast of Cuba where he spent his boyhood. "Everyone played an instrument", he said, "and it was common for groups of men to gather at home and talk, laugh, smoke cigars, and sing the old songs." The family's move to New York just before his teens presented Torrente with a challenge - English - and solution - soul music. "I fell in love with the sound of it - James Brown, The Temptations, The Chi-likes. By listening to them all the time, I learned "English".
A bassist on both electric and upright, Torrente is leader of Son de Hoy, a new group that plays traditional Cuban songs and original compositions that draw from the older rhythms. Son de Hoy appears weekly at Son Cubano and Cuba Libre, and has also played various venues in NYC, such as Nell's, the Village Underground, La Belle Epoque, Gonzales & Gonzales, Risa, and Pertutti.
Before returning to his Cuban roots, Torrente played in a wide range of styles. In the early 90s, he formed a soul and funk band, Live Wire, with the guitarist Ralph Nelson. He and Nelson wrote dozens of songs which Live Wire performed, along with funk standards, at Harry's in San Francisco and other venues in the Bay Area.
Torrente was chosen by the filmmaker Malcolm Lam to compose the music for his new film narrative about Latin dance. "Falling in Rhythm" is in the final editing stage and is expected to be released in the spring of 2004. The album “Niño Torrente and Son de Hoy” which contains the film's songs, was released in October 2003. Niño Torrente and Son de Hoy became part of Ardel Records roster in Sept. 2004.
Contact: Lola Arcaya-Delucia
Phone: 203 230 9072
Fax: 203 371 0601

February 1st, 2006

For Immediate Release:

Hamden, CT: Ardel Records of Hamden, CT announces the official 2006 award given to our artist NIÑO TORRENTE for the best Original Latin song. This is a summary of the Press Release from MRG.(Music Resource Group)

Once again, we're delighted to share with the world incredible, independent talent. We've expanded this 5th Independent Music Awards (IMAs) program to honor 35 music category winners (17 genre-based Album of the Year & 18 genre- based Song of the Year) and four design category winners including Album Packaging, Album Photography, Poster Art and Band Website.

Ranging from artists with long standing recording credits to emerging talent with growing national fan bases; to developing acts with a draw in their native markets; and hailing from the USA, Canada, Cuba, Armenia, Virgin Islands, Australia and Mali, IMA winners prove once again, that indie talent knows no boundaries.
Says IMA Program Director, Martin Folkman "The only thing that separates these fine artists and their music from multi-platinum success is access to major market promotion outlets and a broader definition of what is commercial. Since it's inception the IMAs focus has been to create wider recognition for artists from both industry and music fans."
IMA Winners Promoted To More Than 8 Million
Key to the success of the IMA program is the strategic partnerships, distribution alliances and yearlong marketing initiatives MRG has established.
As in the past, Borders Books & Music will promote the winners of this year’s program to more than 7 million of their customers via links to the IMA Jukebox. The winners’ own releases will also be available for sale on the retail site.
In addition to posting music for all the winners on an Independent Music Awards Jukebox, MRG will press 10,000 copies of the "IMA Winners 2006" CD. The compilation will be distributed to music journalists, commercial, public & college radio stations, industry movers & shakers, and music fans.
Additionally, Boston-based radio promotion company, The Planetary Group, will service the IMA Winners CD to college stations throughout USA & Canada; and Mediaguide, a Berwyn, PA-based radio airplay tracking company, will provide a year of radio airplay results for all tracks included on every IMA winning artist’s full-length CD. Mediaguide currently monitors more than 2,500 stations.

The winners of this year’s program were selected by a celebrity panel of judges that included: Norah Jones; Melissa Etheridge; Joe Perry; Bill Wyman; George Clinton; Jonatha Brooke; Chris Thile; Paquito D’Rivera; Sara Lee; Hubert Sumlin; Abby White, music editor of Performing Songwriter; Melinda Newman, music editor of Billboard; Dan Storper, president of Putumayo World Music; Alexandra Patsavas, music supervisor & founder of The Chop Shop; and Robert Goodale, co-founder of UltraStar Entertainment.
Now meet and hear the winners of the 5th Independent Music Awards
The song awarded is GOZALO. Please check our web page and listen to the song. Send us an e-mail with your opinion.



Written By: Leonardo Torrente

Vaya, pero que gozalo mi niña, por favor, que esto es para ti y para mi,
Gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano, que este ritmo esta mejor
Gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano que es tremendo vacilon.
Yo traigo el ritmo en la sangre y tambien traigo el sabor.
Cuando bailan las mujeres me sube a mi la presion.
Gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano que este ritmo esta mejor.
Gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano que es tremendo vacilon.
Anoche me fui pa China despues estuve en el Japon,
se formo una fiesta buena
fue tremenda sensacion.
Gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano que este ritmo esta mejor
gozalo, gozalo, mi hermano que es tremendo vacilon.
Esto ya se puso bueno, ahora si
voy a gozar
y si no bailas mi hermano
yo no te voy a hablar mas
Si te casas conmigo te doy todo
yo te voy a ser fiel, oye te voy a ser fiel
Haz tu vida conmigo te lo ruego
yo te voy a querer, seguro te voy a querer
Si te casas conmigo te doy todo
yo te voy a ser fiel, oye te voy a ser fiel
Haz tu vida conmigo, te lo ruego
yo te voy a querer, que te voy a querer
Oye te lo digo mujer
si tu no me quieres mamita yo te juro cosa buena oye que me echo a correr...mira mamita linda no te vayas de mi lado oye
por favor, por favor, por favor,
quedate comigo, oye mi amor
si te casas conmigo te doy todo
yo te voy a ser fiel.....


Written By: Leonardo Torrente


©2003 Leonardo Torrente

Lyrics & Music by Leonardo Torrente

Gozalo, Gozalo mi hermano
Que este ritmo esta mejor
Gozalo, gozalo mi hermano
Que’s tremendo vacilón

Yo traigo el ritmo en la sangre
Y tambien traigo el sabor
Cuando bailan las mujeres
Me sube a mi la presión

Anoche me fui pa china
Después estuve´ en el japon
Se formo una fiesta buena
Fue tremenda sensación

Gozalo, Gozalo mi hermano
Que este ritmo esta mejor
Gozalo, gozalo mi hermano
Que’s tremendo vacilón

Esto ya se puso bueno
Ha hora si voy a gozar
Y si no bailas mi hermano
Yo no te voy hablar mas

Si te casas con migo
Te doy todo
Yo te voy a ser fiel
Has tu vida con migo
Te lo ruego
Yo te voy a querer´

Te voy a querer´


Written By: Leonardo Torrente

A veces me preguntan a mi
Si tu me quieres
Yo no se que decir

Me acuerdo cuando
Yo te conosi
Que maravilla era yo para ti

Que es lo que esta pasando
Con este amor
Aqui me ves sufriendo
Ten compasión

Compasión, compasión, compasión

La gente ya, ellos me dicen a mi
Si yo te quiero, y te hago feliz
El tiempo traicionero al fin
Impidio que me ames y te olvides de mi

Ay Dios, ay Dios
Quitame esta obsesión;
Que no puedo pensar
En perder este amor

Señor, señor
Levante me alma
Que me siento tan mal
Por perder este amor

Quedaté, quedaté con migo
Quedaté, quedaté yo te quiero


SON DE HOY. The latest CD released at the end of 2004.

Set List

Our set consists of songs from our CD SON DE HOY plus new material. The sets are usually 45 minutes. Yes we do covers according to our venue.