Dräco Rosa (born June 27, 1969), originally known as Robi Rosa, and also known as Dräco Cornelius Rosa, among other names, (born Robert Edward Rosa Suarez) is a multi-talented artist of Puerto Rican descent. Among his talents, Rosa has been a composer, writer, singer, musician, poet, painter, and actor. Rosa originally garnered fame as a member of boy band Menudo in the 1980s. More recently, he is best known for his solo career and for writing hit songs for fellow artists, among them Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias and Ednita Nazario.
After Menudo, Rosa took up residence in Brazil, recording some music in Portuguese. Upon his return to the United States he went on to star in a minor Hollywood hit, the 1988 movie Salsa. On the set, Rosa fell in love with his co-star Angela Alvarado. They wed a few months after the movie's release, started raising a family and have also been working as partners in Rosa's different projects ever since.
In 1990 Rosa moved to Los Angeles and formed a rock band called "Maggie's Dream" which released an album under Capitol Records. In the early 1990s Rosa legally changed his name to "Draco Cornelius Rosa" (draco means "dragon" in Latin) saying he wanted to leave his old image and lifestyle behind. During this time, he released two albums which differ greatly from each other. The first one, Frio was released in 1994 and featured a pop sound along with soft rock influences. His second major work, Vagabundo, was released in 1996 and marked a drastic change from the previous album and image. Under the name Draco, Rosa created a heavy and dark album that carried elements of goth, psychedelia, and heavy metal. Vagabundo is considered one of the greatest Rock en Español albums of all time.
During this time Rosa began collaborating with former Menudo colleague Ricky Martin, co-writing many of Martin's biggest hits, among them "Livin' La Vida Loca", "She Bangs", "Maria" and "The Cup of Life". He and co-writer Desmond Child earned Grammy nominations for their work with Martin.
In 1998 he released his first english-language album, titled Songbirds and Roosters. It featured the English versions of the tracks from his debut album Frío. In 2001 Rosa released a greatest hits album called Libertad del Alma, meaning "the soul's liberty", which featured songs from an upcoming album in which he had been working for more than three years.
In 2003, Draco prepared for the release of his most ambitious project yet, an album titled Mad Love. Released in March 2004, the album contained tragic love themes in different musical genres ranging from hard rock to flamenco ballads. The album comprised 15 songs, 3 of which are sung in Spanish. The album was the first to earn Rosa international recognition beyond Latin America, becoming widely popular in Europe. Rosa toured the continent with Lenny Kravitz in the summer of 2004.
Rosa received a Latin Grammy Award in 2004 for the video clip of the song "Más y Más". In September 2004, Draco took his show to Puerto Rico's new 18,000-capacity Coliseo de Puerto Rico, selling out the venue. A CD/DVD of the event was released on December 6, 2005, titled DRACO Al Natural. He capped 2005 with 7 sold out concerts at Puerto Rico's "Bellas Artes" theatre in the month of September. His new album, "Draco Y El Teatro del Absurdo", was released on July of 2007, exclusively in Puerto Rico and online. The album will be released in different countries sporadically through the course of the next year.
On September 28, 2007, Rosa presented a concert at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum where he performed material from "El Teatro de lo Absurdo" and from previous productions. This marked his first presentation as a independent artist in Puerto Rico. The concert had a duration of 2:15 and lacked general organization, which was supposed to represent the "absurdness" in it. A numbered CD/DVD set of this concert was released under the name Teatro Live, with a duration of 56 minutes, for sale on some stores and on the official website of his independent label, www.phvx.com
* Frio (Spanish) (1994)
* Vagabundo (Spanish) (1996)
* Songbirds & Roosters (English) (1998)
* Libertad del Alma (greatest hits) (2001)
* Mad Love (English) (2004)
* Como Me Acuerdo (Spanish) (remixes) (2005)
* Al Natural (live) (2006)
* Vino (Spanish) (2008) [a.k.a. El Teatro Del Absurdo (2007)]
* Teatro (live) (2008) [a.k.a. Teatro Live CD+DVD (2008), limited to 5,000 numbered copies]
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