Raphy Leavitt was a Puerto Rican composer and founder of the salsa orchestra "La Selecta". Rafael Angel Leavitt Rey, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the second of four siblings in his family, and was born to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. He and his brothers became orphans at an early age and were raised by their aunt in the Puerto Rico. Born: Sep 17, 1948 · San Juan, PR - Died: Aug 05, 2015 · Miami, FL. Education: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
Tony Vega - Born July 13, 1957 Salinas, Puerto Rico Occupation(s) Salsa singer and bandleader. Instruments - bongos and conga. His family moved to New York City in 1968. In New York, Vega continued to go to school. In his free time however, he played the conga for various local Latin rock bands including "City Trash". He listened to and was influenced by Ismael Rivera, Rafael Cortijo, Rafael Ithier and El Gran Combo