Cita Rodriguez, the daughter of Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez and Frances Rodriguez, was born in the Bronx, New York. While attending Harbor School in Manhattan’s Spanish Harlem, she studied flute and was in the chorus. Shortly after, in 1979, she moved with her parents and younger brother, Pete, to Puerto Rico where she continued playing flute at La Escuela Libre de Música.
At 16, she started to sing with her father and traveled to places like Venezuela with him. A year later, she became a student at El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Soon after, Cita became a part of the Salsa group, Los Hjios de la Salsa, and recorded 4 albums with them. They traveled to Ecuador and Venezuela on tour with El Combo Del Ayer.
In 1991, her father moved back to New York City a year after Cita did and formed a group where she and her brother sang backup. In 1994, Generaciónes was recorded and they performed in different venues throughout the city. After her father’s sudden death in 2000, Cita formed her own band. Throughout the years, she has collaborated with various musicians from New York, recording background vocals. In 2004, she achieved a Masters degree in TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the City College of New York. For the past 15 years, Cita has worked for the New York City Department of Education teaching elementary students.
Cita is presently singing with The Mambo Legends, having recorded one album and currently recording another, which will be available in May. They performed at France’s Jazz in Marciac festival and have many more trips planned for the near future. Furthermore, Cita has many projects and trips lined up for her band this summer. What’s most important to Cita Rodriguez, a vibrant and awe-inspiring singer and performer, is that her father’s legacy and music continue to be heard and appreciated.
|2011||Watch Out! [¡Ten Cuidao!]||Mambo Legends Orchestra||Coro, Lead, Vocals|
|2009||Many Moods||Yolanda Duke||Vocals (Background)|