Dominican singer El Chaval -- often referred to as El Chaval de la Bachata -- was an active recording artist for over a decade before breaking into the Latin music mainstream in 2007. Born Linar Espinal on April 12, 1978, in Juncalito J+ínico, Dominican Republic, he moved with his family to the city of Santiago in 1985. He began his singing career as a teenager in 1993 with the album Si Te Vas, credited to El Chaval & Los Infantiles del Amargue; another early album with the same group, Amor de Mis Sue+¦os... Ahora Si Mas Mambo, followed in 1994. After a few years away from the marketplace, El Chaval returned to recording with a series of increasingly mature albums, including Sentimiento Unico (1997), Enfermo de Amor (1998), Para Toda la Vida (1999), Para Siempre (2000), Volvere (2002), Ayer y Hoy (2003), Devuelveme Todo (2004), No Te Llamo M+ís (2005), -íEn Vivo! (2007), and Ya Me Cans+¬ (2007). The latter -- like many of these albums, released by Mas Music -- was his breakthrough, featuring the popular song "D+¦nde Est+ín Mis Amigos." A greatest-hits collection, Su Mejors Exitos (2007), was compiled and released by Mas Music not long thereafter. ~ Jason BirchmeierPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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