Nini Caffaro

(1939 )
Dominican Rep.
Erasmo Alfonso Caffaro Duran is the real name of the singer who debuted in show business when he was only 12. He spent part of his youth devoted to gospel music at La Milagrosa School where he attended some jam sessions and performed in serenades.In June 1959, the Rahintel TV Station went on the air with The Moorish Hour Show in search of new talents. That's where Nini Caffaro was discovered and where he began his artistic career.At the time, he used to combine his singing talents with his college studies at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo where he graduated in 1967 and stayed working for quite some time.His first songs gained some real airplay in 1962. Ayudame A Olvidarte by Juan Lockward and El Corazon No Miente written by Bruno Terraza. In 1965, he scored his very first international blockbuster with the song En Ruinas, followed up by Cada Vez Mas. Two years later, Nini Caffaro sang the title Por Amor at the First Festival of Dominican Popular Music and walked off with the first prize. In 1969, he grabbed the first place at the First Festival of Latin American Song in the World with the title Estas Bien. That was the first time ever for a Dominican singer to perform at an international festival outside the country. From 1969 to 1976, he toured the greatest scenarios in New York, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Haiti. In 1973, he won the third place at the OTI Festival held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with the song El Juicio Final.