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Miguel was born in 1947 in Panama City to a Cuban mother and a Colombian father. At the age of 2, his family returned to Havana where they lived until Miguel was 14 years old.

In 1961, Miguel came to the United States and pursued his ambition to be a musician and singer by teaching himself the guitar and starting his first pop music band.

During the early 70’s, Miguel co-founded his first Latin rock band, Makow, with guitarist Jaime Villa, drummer Manny Fabian, and bassist Nino Torrente. They performed with much success in the tri-state area for several years. During this time, Makow opened for Tito Puente and Orquesta Yambu, among other well known Latin performers.

In the mid 70’s, Miguel joined forces with a Cuban guitarist, Alfonso Osuna, who shared his love of traditional Cuban music. Together, they assembled an outstanding group of 7 musicians ( among them Raul Osuna on bass, Jesus Fernandez on congas, and a timbalero named Alberto Garcia) ...they performed the son montuno, charanga, and rumbas that so influenced their lives when they were young. During this period, Osuna son frequently opened for Charlie Palmieri, Tito Puente, and others.

Son de Hoy came into being in early 2002. Once again, Miguel joined with Alfonzo Osuna and Nino Torrente to explore their native Cuban rhythms...this time, they were fortunate enough to find Paul Armstrong, a Texas born pianist with a Cuban heart. Renowned flutist Mauricio Smith and percussionist Renato Thoms soon followed.


Miguel and Paul Armstrong co-founded Ochún in 2003. The two began to work closely with the well known arranger / tres player, Pablo Moya on both Cuban classics and original tunes. Together with Octavio Ponce on flute and sax, Gabriel ‘Chinchilita’ Machado and Nestor Villar on percussion, classically trained bassist Victor Sanchez, John Hines and Tomer Levy on trumpet, they fine tuned the unique rhythm that has become synonymous with Ochún.

Miguel co-produced the "Ochun" CD with Paul Armstrong, and Pablo Moya. He co-produced the CD "Ayer Y Hoy" with Pablo Moya, and Paul Armstrong. "Ayer Y Hoy" was engineered by Kurt Upper, and Luis Guell, and mastered by Luis Guell.

Miguel's newest CD Guarachando, has been nominated for best album in the Latin Grammies Traditional Tropical category. Produced by Miguel Garcia, Pablo Moya, and Paul Armstrong. Engineered by Luis Guell, Kurt Upper, and Livan Trujillo. Mastering was done by Luis Guell. Arrangements by Pablo Moya, except "Oye Mi Guaguanco" which was arranged by Oriente Lopez.