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José Manuel ''EL Sultán''

José Manuel El Sultán was born on January 27, 1974, in Boca de Yuma, La Altagracia province, Dominican Republic. He believes that art runs in his blood, as he feels he has been touched by it since he was in his mother’s womb. Participating in various festivals during his childhood, El Sultán consistently won top honors due to his immense talent.

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José Manuel, also known as El Sultán, is a Dominican artist who specializes in the bachata genre. El Sultán earned his nickname from a friend of his in San Francisco de Macorís. Today, José Manuel is one of the most listened-to bachata performers in the world.

José Manuel El Sultán was born on January 27, 1974, in Boca de Yuma, La Altagracia province, Dominican Republic. He believes that art runs in his blood, as he feels he has been touched by it since he was in his mother's womb. Participating in various festivals during his childhood, El Sultán consistently won top honors due to his immense talent.

During his youth, José Manuel studied music in Higuey, inspired by one of his early influences, the artist Luis Segura. Additionally, he holds a degree in tourism, allowing him to speak multiple languages, including English.

Later, during his teenage years, El Sultán migrated to Puerto Rico, where his family was already settled. There, he worked alongside his father, a master builder, and in his free time, played guitar with his friends. In Puerto Rico, José Manuel El Sultán formed a small music group with his friend Amaury Martínez, later named "Grupo Sony", gaining significant recognition, especially in Puerto Rico.

In 1993, José Manuel El Sultán formed a bachata group, believing there weren't enough young exponents of the genre at that time. This group also bore the name "Grupo Sony" and, together, they achieved airplay on various radio stations. Additionally, the group was considered #1 in the Bachata genre while in Puerto Rico. According to El Sultán, the fame of the group was due to the choice of songs they performed, which became popular among bachata listeners.

After recording two albums with Grupo Sony, José Manuel El Sultán decided to pursue a solo career. In 1998, he recorded his first song "Directo al Corazón". Later, he released the song that became a national and international hit, "Spanish Girl". This song was recorded to introduce new sounds to bachata.

Furthermore, José Manuel El Sultán released his bachata adaptation of the famous song by The Beatles, "And I Love Her". This single propelled El Sultán to the height of his popularity, leading to tours across the United States, Europe, and numerous Latin American countries. Moreover, the recording of "And I Love Her" made El Sultán a pioneer in English lyrics in bachata.

Over time, the impact of José Manuel's songs diminished, and he was somewhat inactive in the Dominican music scene. However, his comeback came in 2018 when one of his early bachatas, "Elizabeth", reached astronomical numbers of views on platforms like YouTube. The song was constantly played at parties and public events, reigniting El Sultán's career and making his music a staple on Dominican radio and at bachata events ever since.
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