Having been raised in Spanish Harlem, Johnny grew up listening to Salsa music. His biggest influence in music was his Dad, who had a six-piece band for over 25 years. The band played merengue, trio, salsa, and Christmas music.
Johnny Mambo started playing congas with his dad at the age of 8 years old. At the age of 21, he met yet another influential figure, Mr. Eddie Iglesias (his music angel). Eddie was a well-known musician in the salsa genre circle. Eddie inspired Johnny to live his dream of forming his own band.
In 2005, Johnny Mambo formed his band, now known as Johnny Mambo & Friends. Johnny Mambo & Friends are currently a house band Red Rooster Harlem (every Tuesday for the past 5 years).
Johnny Mambo & Friends is a band that performs for the audience: the dancers, the salsa lovers, & the jammers. They consistently project a high energy performance on stage which transcends into the crowd. Their love for the art and passion for the beat allow them to connect with their audience and create a setting unlimited fun and fusion.
The award-winning Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir was formed out of the Gospel for Teens program (GFT) founded in 2006 by legendary radio personality and producer Vy Higginsen to be the break out choir for The Mama Foundation for the Arts school. Over the years under the direction of Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson and Elijah Ahmad Lewis, the choir has grown to be a highly respected and influential force in the New York entertainment scene, producing not only great vocalists, but top notch global citizens.
Sing Harlem Choir has performed at many prestigious venues, programs and concerts across America including, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Stellar Awards, the Apollo Theatre, New York Fashion Week, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, The TED Talks and the Grammy Awards.