Wilfrido Vargas
Wilfrido Radamés Vargas Martínez (born April 24, 1949) was born in Altamira
Altamira, Puerto Plata
Altamira is a town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic.The town's name is the subject of at least two different origin traditions...

, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
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He was surrounded by musical influences; namely, his father Ramón, an accordionist and guitarist
A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...

, and his mother Bienvenida, a flute player and guitarist. Vargas began his musical studies early, attending the Municipal Academy of Music beginning at age 10.

He has been a trumpeter and a vocalist, but has also arranged, composed, and led his band, and is also a producer.


He began his career with the band "Wilfrido Vargas y sus Beduinos" by recording his first album in 1974.

Alongside many Latin music super stars, he performed during the 1979 music festival
Music festival
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 Havana Jam
Havana Jam
Havana Jam was a three-day music festival that took place at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba, on 2-4 March, 1979. It was sponsored by Bruce Lundvall, the president of Columbia Records, Jerry Masucci, the president of Fania Records, and the Cuban Ministry of Culture.The festival included, on...



During the 1980s he had international commercial success with songs such as: "El Barbarazo", "El Jardinero", "La Medicina", and "El Loco y La Luna".

Wilfrido acted in the 1989 film "Que viva el merengue y la lambada".


He was nominated in 1991 for the 33rd Grammy Awards in the Best Tropical Latin Performance for his album Animation. He won a "Gaviota de Plata" (Silver Seagull) in the 1992 Viña del Mar International Song Festival
Viña del Mar International Song Festival
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. And in 1993 decorated by the Dominican president Joaquín Balaguer
Joaquín Balaguer
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 with the Order of Christopher Columbus
Order of Christopher Columbus
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 in the Knight grade, alongside the Dominican musicians Jorge Taveras, Manuel Tejada and Julio Gautreaux for their contribution to the development and divulgation of the national music.

For the telenovela
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Bellisima was a Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and broadcast on Venevisión. The series lasted 187 episodes, and was distributed internationally by Venevisión International.-Synopsis:...

, Wilfrido performed the theme song, "Amor Casual" and also performed the song "Que Sera" for the 1997 film Out to Sea
Out to Sea
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In 2003 he acted in the drama film "Exito por intercambio".

Vargas participated in 2007 at the Colombian version
El Factor X (Colombia)
El factor X is the Colombian television music competition to find new singing talent. It is the based on the original British competition The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell. It is the first version produced in Latin America. The show started screening in September 2005 and ended in December...

 of the X Factor
The X Factor (UK)
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, as the groups mentor.

Today Vargas is one of the best-known artists in America with hit songs such as "El Africano" (written by Calixto Ochoa), "Abusadora", "Comején", "A Mover la Colita", "El Baile del Perrito" and "Volveré".

As of 2010, he lives in Colombia.


Title Year Chart
Tropical Songs
El Jardinero 1985 3
La Medicina 1986 2
Vida, cancion y suerte 1987 17
La musica 1987 4
El Baile 1988 2
Mas Que Un loco 1989 9
Animacion 1990 9
Exitos De 1990 9
Siempre Wilfrido 1990 5
Itinerario 1993 5
Abusadora 1993
Wilfrido Vargas & Sandy Reyes 1994
El Funcionario 1994
La Medicina 1994
El Africano 1999
El Extraterrestre 1995
Usted Se Queda Aqui 1996
Y Sus Consentidas 1996
Hoy 1997
El Africano 1999
Wilfrido Vargas 2000
www.wilfrido-vargas.com 2000
Musica 2001
Usted Se Queda Aqui, Vol.8 2001
Amor Casual, Vol. 10 2001
Dos Generaciones 2002
El Unico 2002
Albums that did not chart are denoted with an "—".

Grammy Nomination

  • Best Tropical Latin Performance – Animation (1991)


Year Film Role
1989 Que viva el merengue y la lambada Himself
2003 Exito por intercambio Himself
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