HBO Latino hosted an intimate gathering to celebrate and preview the premiere of Gilberto Santa Rosa’s “40 … y Contando” on Thursday September 13th, 2018. The celebration took place at Latin restaurant, Jimmy’s, in Midtown Manhattan.
Guests arrived eagerly on time and filled out the room quickly while sipping piña coladas and Puerto Rican rum. While some iconic salsa anthems blasted on the speakers, fans from all generations gathered and enjoyed.
After a little dancing and the excitement built up, “El Caballero de la Salsa”, the gentleman of salsa, as Gilberto Santa Rosa is known, made his anticipated entrance. With his elegant poise and patient attitude, he took the time to take pictures with fans, friends and family that were enthusiastic to see him.
As soon as he settled in, the crowd gathered to watch the fifteen minute preview of the HBO Latino special that will air on September 14th 2018 at 8 pm. It will also be available on HBO Go and HBO Now.
The clip offered insights into one of the greatest names in the business as well as personal anecdotes of a long and eventful 40 year journey. Everything from Lost in Translation jokes in Japan, to unfaithful husbands begging for his help to gain their wife’s love back, was shown in the video. Laughter filled out the room constantly and everyone cheered in celebration when the preview ended.
“If I were to be born again I would be a singer again,” said Santa Rosa after explaining that he now understood and agreed on why people say that.
Santa Rosa made final remarks thanking all the very diligent and amazing female executives of HBO Latino who planned and organized the event, the Puerto Rican Secretary of State, and assured all his fans that these were the first, but certainly not the last 40 years of his career.