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“Coco Garcia” was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began his musical career at the age of 7, performing and singing with his dad Eligio Garcia a Venezuelan harpist and competing at school singing events where at age of 8 he won the best voice of his home state. He was invited to United States, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995, by his cousin Asdrubal Garcia and Craig Miller, to play for The Living Tradition Festival in Salt Lake City, UT with their group Venezuela Cantando. He then decision to remain in United States to pursue his music career.

Since living in Salt Lake City, “Coco” Garcia has performed and toured in many States. He has performed with famous singers such as Gloria Estefan in the 2002 Winter Olympic closing ceremonies in Salt Lake City and opened for Dave Matthews Band at Olympic plaza with Mambo Jumbo Band, among many others.

Coco Garcia lends his singer talents for many local bands in Utah starting with Salsa Brava, Ritmo Caliente, Mambo Jumbo, Orquesta Latino and now his own master piece; Rumba Libre Band, where he took the next step and started to write his own music.

This video was supported through a grant from the Utah Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Salt Lake City Arts Council is a division of Salt Lake City Corporation in the Department of Economic Development and also maintains a nonprofit corporation, the Salt Lake City Arts Council Foundation with 501(c)(3) status.

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