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Tego Calderon Will Perform at the 2005 X Games

Tego Calderon has been invited to perform at the 2005 Summer X Games in Los Angeles California.

Tego Calderon

Born Tegui Calderón Rosario on February 1st, 1972, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and brought up in Río Grande, Tego Calderon rose to become the greatest exponent of the rap genre in the country. From a humble family composed of his father, Esteban Calderón Ilarraza, Director of Vaccination of the Department of Health, his mother, Pilar Rosario Parrilla, a Spanish teacher; and his sister, Kenya Calderón Rosario, Tego Calderón is now recognized the world over the forbearer of reggaeton, a culturally rich music genre sweeping the musical landscape. In spite of having been born in a poor neighborhood, Tego always knew that his place in the music world was reserved and, therefore, he prepared and nurtured himself with musical influences and transformed himself into the musician he is today. Now a father himself to four-year-old daughter, Ebony Nairobi Calderón Ávila and seven month old son, Malcolm X. (Xavier) Calderón Peterbauer, Tego continues to break down barriers and defy expectations.

Thirty years ago, Tego took the nickname of "El Abayarde" from his grandmother, who compared him to a restless little animal as a child. His first record, aptly titled "El Abayarde," broke reggaeton sales records, selling 50,000 copies in one day. Three weeks later, it reached 100,000 copies and eventually went platinum. Distributed outside of Puerto Rico by BMG, "El Abayarde," also went on to sell more than 100,000 copies between New York and Miami during the first weeks of international release alone. Since then, Tego has not looked back. He has collaborated with some of the most gifted contemporary musicians across all musical genres including 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Roselyn Sánchez, Cypress Hill, Toño Rosario and el Grupo Aventura, among others, to cement his grasp on the international music scene. In January, 2004, Tego released his second album, "El Enemy de los Guasíbiris," a collector’s album that has become another success for the artist, remaining first in sales since its launch. In June 2005, Tego signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records, becoming the first reggaeton superstar to partner with a major record label.

Tego has received the "Tu Música" award, as well as been nominated for a Grammy Award, Billboard Music Award, Revelation Artist of NY, "La Gente" Award, and most recently the "Lo Nuestro" Award. His unique image, broad fan base and influential song lyrics lead the prestigious French cognac Hennessy to select Tego as the new face of the brand in an ad campaign launched throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean in 2004. Currently, Tego is creating the Tego Calderón Foundation, a non-profit organization for marginalized children and communities. The unbreakable commitment of this poet of reality is to make his voice and message reach all, in his own unique style. Through his songs, Tego is sure that he can educate and make a difference.

For more information see the Official Tego Calderon Web site

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