Nueva Melaza, a new salsa group from the Dominican Republic composed of lead singer Joel Figuereo and composer Roberto Cuello, while only a year old in its inauguration brings together two veterans with much to offer.
We first ran into the group online, and after doing much research were able to literally see the growth of the founding members through videos.
Having worked for many different musical ensembles, Joel and Roberto were bound to end up where they are now, with a band of their own.
The music (written by Joel although Roberto provided the lyrics to the theme “No quiero Mas Dolor”), is salsa with a new flavor. Having both grown up influenced by the genre, they say in the interview we conducted that they enjoy the freedom and the melody Salsa provides.
Joel and Roberto are well polished as artists, Joel having worked with veterans Henry García, Alex Bueno, José Alberto El Canario, Ramón Orlando, Jossie Esteban and others.
Both from San Cristobal Dominican Republic, and proud, they met while both working for the same band. Joel approached Roberto with some lyrics and melodies for songs that really excited Roberto, as a composer and renowned piano player they got together to form the band and produce the music you hear now.