about us

Sonido Costeño – (SC) is a modern day Latin New York City band. Their creative fusion of Latin music with other world music is enticing and the high energy in which they transmit it, transforms their club audiences into dance hall performances. Sonido Costeno’s “staying power” proves itself through the growing fan base it has gathered – not only in New York City, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, the tri-state area and abroad.

Juan Ma Morales, a Cornell Graduate and Julliard alumni, founder of Sonido Costeno, leads the band as vocalist and plays guitar as well as the Puerto Rican Cuatro, the island’s national instrument. His song writing has garnered him the Billboard Songwriting award for “Las Gaviotas” (“The Seagulls”) also a single from “Senora” (“My Lady”) album. Under his leadership Sonido Costeno plays diverse salsa rhythms’, which entice “salseros” and non-salsa dancers to move on the floor. Their dance repertoire include: Son Cubano, Nueva Trova, Boleros & Ballads, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Guaguanco, Latin Jazz, and they are known to play a Merengue and Bachata or two. Their unique sound appeals to all generations as well as to wide and diverse audiences.

Their solid reputation to deliver the best quality entertainment has lead them to perform at New York’s best cultural institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio. They have been included in other reputable festivals during summer events such as Celebrate Brooklyn, The Highline, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Harlem Meers in Central Park and River Bank in Washington Heights in Manhattan. They excel in community events such as Bronx Library Center, senior centers, weddings and private parties. Their stellar performances, however, are best enjoyed at NYC’s finest clubs, restaurants and casino’s such as: Havana Central, Subrosa, Sounds of Brazil (SOB), Gonzales y Gonzalez, Empire City Yonkers Raceway and The World Resorts Casino where you can also dance to their enticing sounds.

Their unique repertoire goes beyond “salsa and resonates with American modern jazz influences. They are “a must see… a must hear” Bravo – Sonido Costeño!