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HAWAII SALSA FESTIVAL - DJ RAY

DJ RAY

Hawaii Salsa Fest DJ Coordinator

Spins: Salsa, Afro-Cuban, & Latin Jazz.

Ray Cruz has been laying down some hard core salsa and other styles of Latin music for the dance floors and airwaves in Hawaii for the past 20 years. As the host of a weekly radio program, Sabor Tropical, aired on Hawaii Public Radios KIPO 89.3FM, Ray has been turning on Latin music enthusiasts in the islands with the best salsa, salsa clasica & Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz.

He has been selected as Master of Ceremonies for numerous events that include, headliner concerts i.e. Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony just too name a few. In addition, he has volunteered his services for many local charity and cultural events, including the previous four Hawaii Salsa Festivals and two Salsa In Paradise events.

He was host of his own television Latin video program called Salsa After Dark. Ray was also invited to be part of the 1998 Miss Universe Pageant held in Honolulu for festivities involving the Hispanic contestants and local community leaders. Ray was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 Los Angeles Salsa Congress.

Ray has been an important part of the growth of Latin music in the islands. Born in NYC and raised in Puerto Rico, Ray has a solid foundation of what salsa was, is and what direction it is taking for the continued growth of the Latin music industry.

He has a passion for what he does and lives by this motto every time he performs.

"An artist creates the music...The DJ delivers its message!