Ray Machado, director of Maxima Alerta receiving an award for his distinguished career in the music industry from Commissioner & Freeholder Tilo Rivas and Manuel Corrales on behalf of the City of Union City, Manu Sport, and El Especial/El Especialito on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The Commissioner commended Maxima Alerta for its dynamic sound, as well as for bringing music to all nationalities. He also stressed the importance of the positive message the band brings to young people, and said Ray and the band are positive role models.
Maxima Alerta performs to a standing room-only crowd at the Union City Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Not only was the theatre sold out, but everyone was standing on their feet dancing and cheering.
Packed house at the Maxima Alerta concert at UCPAC.
Ray Machado of Maxima Alerta with renowned radio and TV personality El Pacha.
Continuing the promotional tour before the big release in mid October 2015, Ray Machado of Maxima Alerta appears on the most popular comedic television talk show in New Jersey, "Live On Stage" hosted by Lucio Fernandez. Watch it now:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yqS7Qsr33E
This past July 18, 2015 Ray Machado director of Maxima Alerta was hanging out with Cuban music superstars David Calzado, director of the legendary Cuban band La Charanga Habanera; and Manolin "El Medico de la Salsa".
Ray Machado with David Calzado of La Charanga Habanera
Recently the group performed at a private Gala for Mayor & State Senator Brian P. Stack at a luxurious restaurant on the Hudson River. The event was full of luminaries from the political arena, such as US Congressman Albio Sires, Senate President Steve Sweeney, North Bergen Mayor & State Senator Nicholas Sacco, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, US Ambassador to Germany Philip D. Murphy, as well as Mayor & State Senator Brian P. Stack and his Board of Commissioners Lucio Fernandez, Tilo Rivas, Celin Valdivia, & Maryury Martinetti; among others.
Ray Machado, director of Maxima Alerta with Marelyn Rivera host of the North Hudson Show for CABLEVISION. Ray begins his promotional tour promoting the upcoming US Explosion Tour of Maxima Alerta in October 2015. Watch it now:https://vimeo.com/130878465
Ray Machado, director of Maxima Alerta being honored as Cuban American of the Year by Mayor & State Senator Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners at the City of Union City's annual Cuban Independence Day Celebration on May 20, 2015.
All over Cuba, young people listen keenly to
radio programs featuring reggaeton and their favorite group, Máxima Alerta.
It all began in Santa Clara, a busy city in
the center of Cuba, where Ray Machado aka “El Italiano”, the lead singer,
musical director, and composer for most of the songs of the group, developed
In 2003 Máxima Alerta exploded on
the scene, hitting radio and television stations with two songs, "Cast pa
'front' and “Adegüello 1895" which very quickly became popular throughout the
country. Thanks to these successes, in 2004 they delivered their new album “Llegaron los Alertas”, recorded at
Abdala Studios owned by renowned singer/composer Silvio Rodriguez with the
French company Lusafrica, and joining their catalog and sharing the stage with
popular groups such as La
Orquesta Aragón, Polo Montañez, Anacaona, Isaac Delgado, Osdalgia, among
In 2005 Máxima Alerta was
nominated to Cubadisco as “Best Album Rap, Dance and Hip Hop” which garnered
the group great popularity both nationally and internationally, as well as
topping the charts. Later in 2009 the group returned to the top of the charts
with the song "La Figura" recorded with the group Gente de Zona.
2011, they released the CD “Alertas
para Todos”, recorded and produced by Nando Pro in Havana, Cuba. This is
an album containing fourteen tracks, of which six feature special guests: Yulien Oviedo and Dantes
(Charanga Habanera); Alexander Delgado y Randy Marcos (Gente de Zona); Sisto
Llorente "El Indio" (Orquesta Aragón); and Alain Daniel and Ramón
Lavado (El Chacal).The CD also
features a song dedicated to one of the greatest Cuban baseball players, Victor
The group has crafted an intense and dynamic
signature sound. This fresh sound is a fusion: elastic bass lines, powerful
programming, catchy choruses sung in unison with warlike ardor, counterpoints
that owe as much (if not more) to rap as to reggae or Latin beats… it all comes
together to showcase voices that drive themselves mercilessly, to unleash a
verbal bombardment of exceptional skill and intensity but at the same time accentuating the flavor
and influence of Cuban music.
In October of 2015,
Máxima Alerta will arrive in the United States to a swarm
of eager fans waiting to hop on the musical train that is on track to take over
the music world.