Blending folksy percussion, fast-paced rhythms and catchy chorus melodies, it's easy for audiences to fall in love with Oro Solido's infectious merengue grooves. Fronted by charismatic bandleader Raul Acosta, Oro Solido has become one of the most popular outfits to introduce mainstream American audiences to merengue music. Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New Jersey, Acosta played bass in the Latin Jazz group Caribe Band, before forming his own path. Comprised entirely of Puerto Rican and Dominican musicians, Oro Solido officially came to life in March 1994. The same year, the group issued their self-titled debut, featuring the smash single "Esta Cache," that became an immediate hit with the merengue crowd.
Without skipping a beat, Oro Solido continued on at breakneck pace, issuing a new album every year. The late '90s brought a tidal wave of Latin pop music across the United States, and Oro Solido was at the center of this buzz, especially once director John Singleton included Oro Solido's hit "La Paleta" in his remake of the movie Shaft. Oro Solido performed at the inauguration of former president George W. Bush’s second term in 2004, and has shared the stage with Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, 50 Cent and countless other artists across genres.