Welcome to this site dedicated to
El Sonero Mayor
(October 5, 1931 - May 13, 1987)
Ismael Rivera better know as "El Sonero Mayor" y surely a legend in the ambits of Salsa music.
SalsaClasica.com would not be complete if it did not include this wonderful singer. Lets remember Ismael through his songs. Classics like "Mi Negrita me Espera", "El Nazareno", "La Soledad", "Perico", "El Bombon de Elena", and many others.
From Calma street to heaven sings a sonero, joining others like Hector Lavoe, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Benny More and many other singers and musicians who have left us to form the Orchestra Reunion en las Alturas.
Slowly but surely, I will be adding the lyrics to his songs. If you see an incomplete area and have the lyrics you can send it to me via email to
Thank you and enjoy,