Hector Acosta “El Torito” recognized with star on Union City’s Walk of Fame


He’s a Grammy nominated singer for Best Contemporary Tropical Album and his first hit, “Me Voy” was a number one single on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs.

PHOTO CREDIT: IG Telenoticias/hectoracosta.net

PHOTO CREDIT: IG Telenoticias/hectoracosta.net

The Dominican born singer, Hector Acosta, better known as “El Torito” was given a star yesterday along Union City’s Walk of Fame.

He received much fanfare and love from the community as he accepted the distinction.

“Hector Acosta, Dominican Republic — very nice person, community leader,” Andrea Pena says.

“It’s wonderful to be able to perform for this wonderful community, that we can share with all of you happiness to the highest degree,” says El Capitan singer, Alberto Plummer, who put on a lively show for the occasion.

Commissioner Lucio Fernandez says it’s their privilege to honor someone like Acosta.

“El Torito here in Union City, where we honor him in Union City’s Walk of Fame at Celia Cruz Park.”

“I think it’s great to honor the singer, especially the Dominican one,” adds Rick, a Union City resident.

He works with the king of merengue and bachata music…

“I am grateful as part of the team of Héctor Acosta, we are very grateful this wonderful day is historical,” says Agustin De La Cruz, of soylatino.net and Sugar Promotions.

In the Caribbean country dance and music are an integral part of everyday life, influenced by West African traditions.

“Dominican music very good, like everybody,” Pena says.

Union City’s 95 percent Hispanic.

“We have a big Dominican community and it’s so apropos to honor him here,” Fernandez says.

“You have Cuban here, Dominican, Puerto Rican — it’s a great idea,” says Rick, of having 
a dedication ceremony like this.

Héctor Acosta getting a star on the Walk of Fame at Celia Cruz Plaza and becoming the first Dominican artist to bring his own show to Carnegie Hall is a very big deal.

“It’s really wonderful, it’s historical, a shower of blessing,” De La Cruz says.

Acosta at Carnegie Hall
The Gala of La Bachata & El Merengue Celebration
Sunday, October 8 | 8 PM

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