Brief Biography on
Yomo Toro was born Victor Guillermo Toro Vega, on 26 July 1933, in Guanica, in the southeast part of Puerto Rico.
Yomo Toro is noted for pioneering the use of the cuatro
music. such as in his album Manos
de Oro, with songs like Verde Tropical.
began his musical interest at the age of six. His father played the cuatro and encouraged him to learn to play the
instrument. By the time he was 15 years old he played at his school with
three fellow students in a band called "La Bandita
de la Escuela".
began his professional career playing for "Bury Caban
y los 4 Ases",
along with Tito Lara. He also played with Jose Antonio Saleman, "El Trio
Universitario de San Juan", "Los Antares" and with Felipe Rodriguez.
has recorded with Larry Harlow,
Willie Colon and the Fania All-Stars. He has
traveled repeatedly to Japan, Europe, and many other
parts of the world, playing the cuatro, Puerto Rico's national
has done several recordings with his own group for Polygram
Records. One of his biggest hits was "Funky Jibaro".
When you listen to any of his recordings, you quickly appreciate his
mastery of the cuatro and the unique contribution
it makes to salsa music, in the hands of such a talented artist.
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