To the sound of clave and salsa, Willie Rosario went from being “Mister” to “Dr. “Afinque”

To the sound of clave and salsa, Willie Rosario went from being “Mister” to “Dr.  “Afinque”

To the sound of key and joy, the eternal “Mr. “Afinque”, Willie Rosario, became this Thursday “Dr. “Finque.” The outstanding Puerto Rican musician and orchestra leader, who for decades has shone as one of the great masters of salsa, received the degree honorary doctorate in Music by the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. In an intimate ceremony held at the Metro Theater in San Juan, the salsero’s career was celebrated and his immense impact on Puerto Rican popular music was recognized.

“We celebrate with joy and pride the achievements of Don Willie Rosario, which are also achievements of our popular music and the salsa genre, always raising the name of Puerto Rico around the planet. Thank you all for joining us on this special occasion,” said the rector of the campus, Mariliana Wayland.

In addition, Rafael Ramirezpresident of the University, offered a few words about the figure of Rosario and her cultural impact.

His influence transcends borders and has taken Latin music to new horizons., demonstrating the wealth of talent that our small island shares globally. By granting him this honorary degree, we not only recognize his musical achievements, but also his personal contribution to the enrichment of the culture of our society. “Willie Rosario personifies passion, dedication and the spirit of excellence totally in line with the values ​​of our university,” he said.

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