By Merle Exit

Talented and passionate best describe Latin pop artist Sharky El Tiburon’s music that is packed with both emotional and positive messages.

Sharky’s compositions show influences of hip-hop, R&B as well as Caribbean and feature sounds that will encourage you to get up and dance.

His roots are in the Bronx, but he now calls Queens home, where at the age of 14, he begin to write his own songs and perform them on the streets. And even though he plays both the guitar and piano, his singing would be considered freestyle accompanied by the voices and clapping hands of those people who stopped to watch him perform.

“People used to come over to me and tell me how talented I was and that I should go to a studio to make an album,” Sharky said. “Eventually I went to make some recordings.”

Growing up, Sharky said that he was exposed to several types of music.

“I wanted to be different than any of the artists and found this combination to work well for me,” he said.

His first-time performing in front of an audience was at a Dominican Day Parade in the Bronx when he was 18. Sharky is now 27 years old and living in Jamaica.

“My biggest show was when I went to Honduras where there were over 15,000 people in front of me,” Sharky said. “There was a big festival going on. My heart almost came out when everybody clapped for me.”

His father is from Honduras and his producers are from the Dominican Republican, which gives Sharky his Latin influence.

Sharky also performs with a group called Casanova Band. His second album, called “A.O. P” will be coming out at a party being held in Times Square in early June.

On Saturday, you can catch him at D’antiqua, 84-16 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights, beginning at 9 p.m.

The event is called “Casanova and Friends Chapter II.”

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