Ismael Rivera (1931-1987) Known as “El Sonero Mayor”, he was a renowned composer and singer who popularized bomba y plena music during the 1950s and ‘60s. His songs promoted Black pride in Puerto Rico and Latin America, such as “Las caras lindas” and “El Nazareno.”
Rafael Hernández (October 24, 1892 – December 11, 1965), was one of the most important composers of Puerto Rican popular music during the 20th century. In 1917, Hernández was working as a musician in North Carolina, when the U.S. entered World War I. The Jazz bandleader James Reese Europe recruited brothers Rafael and Jesús Hernández, and 16 more Puerto Ricans to join the United States Army's Harlem Hell fighters musical band, the Orchestra Europe.
Marquita Rivera (May 18, 1922 – October 21, 2002 a.k.a. "Queen of Latin Rhythm", was a Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer. Dubbed the "Queen of La Conga", "Queen of Latin Rhythm" and "Latin Hurricane" during various stages of her career, Rivera, went on to enjoy a strong musical career both in the United States and in her native Puerto Rico.
Ruth Fernández was the first: -successful Afro-Puerto Rican female singer -woman to sing in a PR orchestra -Puerto Rican woman to sing popular music at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC -Latina singer of romantic music to sing in the Scandinavian countries -Latina to record with a North American band. Was a member of the Puerto Rican Senate. She is said to be one of three artists whose contributions have helped unite Latin America. https://prpop.org/biografias/ruth-fernandez/
Ednita Nazario (born April 11, 1955 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter who has achieved stardom both at home and abroad. She has been in the music business from a young age, and has released over twenty albums throughout her career.