Prolific Puerto Rican composer popularly known as “El Jibarito.” His songs include boleros, Puerto Rican danzas, plenas, and operettas, among others. He was also a director and musical consultant, as well as a composer of music for movies.
He was born in the town of Aguadilla on October 24, 1892, the son of Miguel ángel Rosa and María Hernández. While he worked as a child in a cigarette factory, he began studying music, with the support of his grandmother. When he was 12 years old, he began taking lessons from José Ruellán Lequenica and Jesús Figueroa. During that era, he learned to play various instruments, including the trombone, the violin, the guitar, the piano, the cornet and the euphonium.
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